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Wind power potential in South Africa on par with solar – CSIR 

By: Anine Kilian     26th May 2016 The potential to produce electricity from wind turbines in South Africa is more widely spread than initially thought, a study by the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) has determined. The study conducted by the CSIR in collaboration with the South African Energy Development... 

Wind energy saved Eskom R300m, Sawea tells Molefe 

By: Anine Kilian     19th May 2016 The  South Africa Wind Energy Association (Sawea) is striking back at Eskom CEO Brian Molefe, who commented this week that renewables have “failed” the State power utility by not providing the necessary power to avoid load-shedding at the right time of day. In a statement released on Thursday,... 

Russia to lend Egypt $25bn to build nuclear power plant

By: Reuters     19th May 2016 Russia will loan Egypt $25-billion to finance building and operating a nuclear power plant in Egypt, the official gazette said on Thursday. Egypt and Russia signed an agreement on Nov. 19 for Russia to build Egypt's first nuclear power plant in Egypt and to extend Egypt a loan to cover the cost... 

Renewable-energy prices reach low of $0.03/kWh 

By: Kim Cloete     18th May 2016 New technologies and the rapid rise of renewable energy have shaken up the global energy landscape, with prices falling to below $0.03/kWh. “We are now in the world of three cent renewable energy,” said Bloomberg New Energy Finance UK advisory board chairperson and founder Michael Liebreich. 

Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer Procurement Programme – third window, South Africa

By: Sheila Barradas     13th May 2016 An update on the third round of the Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer Procurement Programme. 

RNRG hires Mario López to strengthen presence in EMEA region

     11th May 2016 RNRG hires Mario López to strengthen presence in EMEA region Hinesburg, VT, USA, May 11, 2016:  Renewable NRG Systems (RNRG), a designer and manufacturer of decision support tools for the global renewable energy industry, has announced the hire of Mario López as Senior Territory Manager for the... 

Biogas industry could contribute to job creation in South Africa 

By: Anine Kilian     10th May 2016 The South African biogas industry is in its infancy and its true potential has not yet been realised, South African Biogas Industry Association (Sabia) VP Eddie Cooke said at a conference held in association with the Southern African-German Chamber of Commerce and Industry, in Johannesburg, on... 

Tallying the benefits of South Africa’s Renewable Energy Power Producer’s Procurement Programme

     9th May 2016 As energy investors eagerly await announcements of the preferred bidders in the latest round of South Africa’s renewable IPP programme – the so-called expedited bid window - it is worth reflecting on the successes of the country’s Renewable Energy Power Producer’s Procurement Programme (REIPPPP)... 

Sun Shines On Johnson Renew

     6th May 2016 Johnson Crane Hire has added impetus to its growing presence in the South African wind farm market by establishing Johnson Renew. This new division houses all the experience garnered over the years undertaking heavy lifts in both the construction and maintenance of wind farms in the country. The... 

Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer Procurement Programme – second window, South Africa

By: Sheila Barradas     22nd April 2016 An update on the Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer Procurement Programme – second window. 

Wind growth to taper in 2016 after ‘spectacular’ 2015

By: Terence Creamer     19th April 2016 The growth of wind-energy installations in 2016 is unlikely to match the unexpectedly strong 22% expansion of 2015, when a record 63.4 GW was added internationally, Global Wind Energy Council (GWEC) secretary general Steve Sawyer said on Tuesday. Speaking during a RenewableEnergyWorld.com webcast... 

Company benefits from strategic positioning and branch network

By: Malusi Mkhize     15th April 2016 Crane solutions provider Johnson Crane Hire believes that its fleet of 250 cranes, a network of 13 branches throughout major cities in South Africa and a business branch in Gaborone, Botswana, have led to its success in various heavy lift applications over the years.  “Our branches are... 

Excelsior Wind Energy Farm project, South Africa

By: Sheila Barradas     8th April 2016 The project involves the construction of a wind farm, about 30 km south-west of Swellendam, in the Western Cape. 

Potential growth in technology 

By: Sascha Solomons     8th April 2016 Amid the economic downturn and lack of skills in the foundry industry, the South African Institute of Foundrymen (SAIF) believes that growth opportunities for the industry lies in embracing technological development that will create new market opportunities. “To become more competitive, we, as an... 

New academic conference to be held alongside Windaba

By: Anine Kilian     6th April 2016 An academic conference WindAc Africa will, for the first time, be held alongside the South African Wind Energy Association’s (Sawea’s) yearly Windaba conference in Cape Town. “Increasingly, we received high-quality presentation submissions for Windaba that would fit in an academic conference.... 

Amakhala Emoyeni wind energy facility, South Africa

By: Sheila Barradas     18th March 2016 Lifting, transporting, installing and ballasting solutions provider ALE has completed the delivery of 560 wind-turbine generator components for the Amakhala Emoyeni project. 

Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer Procurement Programme – first window, South Africa

By: Sheila Barradas     18th March 2016 An update on the Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer Procurement Programme – first window. 

Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer Procurement Programme – fourth window, South Africa

By: Sheila Barradas     18th March 2016 An update on the Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer Procurement Programme – fourth window. 

Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer Procurement Programme – second window, South Africa

By: Sheila Barradas     18th March 2016 An update on the Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer Procurement Programme – second window. 

Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer Procurement Programme – third window, nationwide, South Africa

By: Sheila Barradas     18th March 2016 An update on the Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer Procurement Programme – third window. 

Solar energy comes slowly out of the shadows in Ethiopia

By: African News Agency      17th March 2016 When it comes to energy generation in Africa, Ethiopia stands out for its ambitious 6 000 MW Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD) hydro project. While this huge dam being built on the Blue Nile is getting all the attention, the country is also embarking on other ambitious electricity projects... 

Lifting specialist delivers wind components for Amakhala project

By: Mia Breytenbach     11th March 2016 Lifting, transporting, installing and ballasting solutions provider ALE has completed the delivery of 560 wind-turbine generator components, comprising an equal number of trips, at the end of January for the eight-month-long Amakhala Emoyeni wind project, in the Eastern Cape. The wind farm,... 

Mining And Quarrying

     9th March 2016 Save energy, save money Energy expenses are among the main costs facing quarries today and initiatives that reduce consumption can have far reaching and positive benefits across the board. According to Nico Pienaar of the Aggregate and Sand Producers Association of Southern Africa (Aspasa), the... 

Gamesa unveils new wind turbine ‘ideal’ for S Africa

By: Creamer Media Reporter      2nd March 2016 Wind energy technology group Gamesa on Wednesday unveiled its latest offering, the G132-3.3 MW turbine that Europe, Middle East and Africa sales director Francisco Arzoz said was “ideal” for South Africa’s wind conditions. The new 3.3 MW turbine was a progression on the Spanish company’s 2 MW and... 

3 GW-plus in wind energy either producing, or under construction in S Africa 

By: Terence Creamer     25th February 2016 Following recent confirmation by the Global Wind Energy Council (GWEC) that South Africa had increased its installed wind-energy capacity to above 1 GW in 2015, the South African Wind Energy Association (Sawea) has highlighted that more than 3 GW of wind capacity has already been allocated... 

Africa Finance Corporation increases stake in Cabeólica Wind Farm

     19th February 2016 Africa Finance Corporation has completed the purchase of InfraCo Africa’s stake in the Cabeólica Wind Farm. The deal follows the share purchase agreement signed on 6 May 2015 in which AFC agreed to purchase InfraCo Africa’s remaining stake in the project. Cabeólica is the first privately-financed... 

Cabinet approves development zones for future renewables projects 

By: Terence Creamer     18th February 2016 Cabinet this week approved the Gazetting of the Renewable Energy Development Zones (REDZs), which it claimed would help streamline regulatory processes surrounding the development of renewables projects, while also directing transmission infrastructure investment. The REDZs were identified... 

As China surges, South Africa’s wind footprint breaches 1 GW mark 

By: Terence Creamer     10th February 2016 South Africa increased its installed wind-energy capacity to above 1 GW last year, new Global Wind Energy Council (GWEC) figures show, making it the largest wind-energy producer in Africa, followed by Morocco, whose installed capacity stood at 787 MW in 2015. South Africa’s wind growth has been... 

On-The-Air (05/02/2016)

By: Martin Creamer     5th February 2016 Platinum will be highlighted next week when the government announces support for a new fuel-cell manufacturing initiative. Anglo American Platinum is investing R60-million to lower the cost of using fuel cells. Toyota has released thousands of fuel-cell patents free of charge to speed up the... 

Excelsior wind energy farm project, South Africa

By: Sheila Barradas     5th February 2016 Biotherm Energy plans to build a wind farm with a contracted capacity of 31.9 MW and a nameplate capacity of 32.5 MW. 

Kenya holds significant potential for renewables, despite issues

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     3rd February 2016 While Kenya hopes to develop its national power grid by adding 19 200 MW of renewable energy – against a demand of 15 000 MW – by 2030, there are several factors hindering the investment needed to reach this goal. Kenya was ranked second among African nations, behind South Africa, as a key... 

Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer Procurement Programme – fourth window, South Africa

By: Sheila Barradas     29th January 2016 An update on the Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer Procurement Programme – fourth window. 

EMEC advising development of Nagasaki marine energy test centre

     10th December 2015 The European Marine Energy Centre has furthered its ties with Japan having signed a contract to provide advice on the development of a marine energy test facility in Nagasaki Prefecture, Japan. EMEC will advise on the infrastructure needed to develop a test site, from subsea cables, and grid... 

De Aar solar project nears completion as solar becomes more attractive 

By: Natasha Odendaal     4th December 2015 As South African solar substructure company PiA Solar celebrates the installation of its one-millionth solar panel and the near-completion of a 90 MW Northern Cape solar farm, business development director Axel Pustet assured that renewable energy was fast becoming a more attractive alternative... 

Turbine owners establish global peer-to-peer platform to solve O&M issues collaboratively

     30th November 2015 Wind farm owners representing 12 % of global turbine assets have founded a new peer-to-peer online platform called o2o Wind, dedicated to the exchange of knowledge and experience on operation and maintenance issues. The o2o Wind forum is the first initiative of the kind aimed at fostering wind... 

Battery-powered bolting system designed for turbine maintenance

     27th November 2015 While there are battery-powered bolting solutions for wind turbine maintenance, the general consensus among wind energy industry stakeholders is that these solutions lack battery longevity and often succumb to overheating and bending, says bolting systems manufacturer Hytorc COO Jason Junkers.... 

Engineering consultancy introduces integrated earthing for wind energy facilities

     27th November 2015 Engineering consulting firm Hatch Goba has introduced a new approach to integrated earthing for wind energy facilities, using insulated cables to connect the individual wind turbine groundmats to the substation groundmat, taking the equivalent circuit of the entire wind energy facility (WEF) into... 

Engineering multinational provides 157 wind turbines for SA wind farms

     27th November 2015 Electrical engineering and electronics company Siemens will, by 2017, have supplied a total of 157 wind turbines to wind energy projects in South Africa, following a 2014 contract that committed Siemens to supplying wind turbines to a consortium led by wind and solar utility Mainstream Renewable... 

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