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Kibo forms working relationship with IGES to pursue South African waste-to-energy projects

By: Donna Slater     30th July 2021 Africa-focused energy company Kibo Energy has satisfied all conditions required, and completed an agreement with South Africa-based Industrial Green Energy Solutions (IGES), to jointly develop a portfolio of waste-to-energy projects in South Africa. The companies entered into an agreement to... 

Ramaphosa sees big green economy opportunity in ‘bold’ climate commitment  

By: Terence Creamer     30th July 2021 President Cyril Ramaphosa says it is time for South Africa to “grasp the nettle” and embark on a “transformative path” towards a climate-resilient society both to fulfil its moral obligations in the face of an intensifying crisis, but also to seize the economic and job opportunities that are... 

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President Cyril Ramaphosa

Nedbank suggests clients fund home solar PV systems through their home loans

By: Simone Liedtke     30th July 2021 Nedbank clients have the option to finance the installation of solar photovoltaic (PV) systems for their homes through their Nedbank home loan, the bank’s research, insights, retail and business banking executive Bruno Ching’andu has said. In a South African Photovoltaic Industry... 

Distributed generation funding model ideas will ‘evolve’, but regulation critical

By: Simone Liedtke     30th July 2021 New funding model ideas for distributed generation projects will evolve as the market expands, but Rand Merchant Bank (RMB) business development head Hugh Howarden has stressed the importance of government clarifying the requirements for the development and registration of such projects.... 

Use COP26 to position South Africa as destination of choice for rapid decarbonisation investment – Moosa

By: Terence Creamer     29th July 2021 Deputy chair of South Africa’s Presidential Climate Commission (PCC) Valli Moosa has presented an upbeat assessment of the country’s ability to position itself as a preferred global destination for foreign and domestic decarbonisation investment. Speaking during a hydrogen-focused webinar on... 

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Presidential Climate Commission deputy chair Valli Moosa speaks during a green hydrogen webinar

Conco Energy Solutions acquired by 51% black female owned company

By: Simone Liedtke     29th July 2021 Energy equipment and solutions provider Conco Energy Solutions has been acquired by wholly black-owned DLO Resources Group, which is headed up by 51% shareholder, founder and CEO Linda Mabhena-Olagunju. DLO is a renewable energy developer and strategic investor. 

SAPVIA calls for clarity on local content requirements

By: Creamer Media Reporter      28th July 2021 The South African Photovoltaic Industry Association (SAPVIA) is calling for immediate clarity from the Department of Trade, Industry and Competition (DTIC) about its approach to localisation, specifically in the South African solar photovoltaic (PV) sector. The DTIC and the National Treasury have... 

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Flexible dual-fuel engines to modernise Flour Mills Nigeria plant

By: Schalk Burger     28th July 2021 Energy and marine equipment manufacturer Wärtsilä will supply fuel-flexible dual-fuel engines to extend, improve and modernise power generation for a captive power plant at Nigeria’s oldest and largest food and agroprocessing company Flour Mills Nigeria. Flour Mills Nigeria’s Lagos-based power... 

An image of the Wärtsilä Fuel-flexible 34DF engine generator that will be installed at Flour Mills Nigeria's premises

New framework needed to accommodate third-party electricity generators on the national grid

By: Donna Slater     28th July 2021 The wheeling and trading of electricity produced by third parties into the national grid is a complex issue that requires frameworks and grid capacity building, State-owned power utility retail pricing corporate specialist Shirley Salvoldi has said. She spoke during a webinar on the topic of... 

Creecy calls on rich countries to dramatically raise climate finance pledges from $100bn ‘floor’ 

By: Terence Creamer     27th July 2021 Forestry, Fisheries and the Environment Minister Barbara Creecy has called on the developed countries to ensure access to long-term, predictable and affordable climate finance for developing countries. Creecy participated in a July Climate Ministerial meeting hosted in London, in the UK, this... 

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Photo by Creamer Media's Donna Slater
Forestry, Fisheries and the Environment Minister Barbara Creecy

Adopting a 1.5°C pathway could accelerate universal energy access in Africa  

By: Terence Creamer     27th July 2021 Africa has a narrow window of opportunity to use its natural resource advantages and relatively low carbon emissions to attract the finance it needs to both accelerate a renewables-based energy transition that is supportive of a sub-1.5°C climate outcome and ensure universal energy access. This... 

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Fund lends €25m to Côte d’Ivoire clean energy hydropower project

By: Schalk Burger     27th July 2021 The Emerging Africa Infrastructure Fund (EAIF), owned by the Private Infrastructure Development Group, is lending €25-million over 18 years to Ivoire Hydro Energy (IHE), which will build a 44 MW hydroelectric plant on the Bandama river near the village of Singrobo, in Côte d’Ivoire. Financial... 

Sturdee Energy signs two PPAs for Botswana renewable energy projects

By: Schalk Burger     27th July 2021 Independent power producer Sturdee energy has entered into two power purchase agreements (PPAs) with the Botswana Power Corporation (BPC) for two renewable energy IPP projects. The projects, located in Bobonong and Shakawe, will have an installed capacity of 3 MW and 1 MW, respectively. 

Zimplats plans 185 MW solar power plants

By: Reuters     26th July 2021 Impala Platinum Holdings Zimbabwe unit Zimplats plans to build two solar power plants with generation capacity of 185 MW to power its operations, the country's energy regulator said on Monday. The Zimbabwe Energy Regulatory Authority said Zimplats, the biggest platinum group metals producer in... 

FMF calls for accelerated gazetting of 100 MW distributed generation licensing-exemption threshold

By: Donna Slater     23rd July 2021 Independent nonprofit public benefit organisation the Free Market Foundation (FMF) is calling on government to accelerate the process of detailing and Gazetting President Cyril Ramaphosa’s June announcement about raising the threshold for companies to produce their own electricity without a... 

Report calls for freeze on new coal, warns of risks if energy transition is delayed  

By: Terence Creamer     23rd July 2021 South Africa should freeze investment in new private coal plants, as delaying South Africa’s “inevitable” transition away from the carbon-emitting energy mineral will cause economic damage, a new Trade & Industrial Policy Strategies (TIPS) analysis on the country’s coal value chain states.... 

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Eskom enhances its digital platforms

By: Simone Liedtke     23rd July 2021 State-owned power utility Eskom has embarked on a digital journey to increase its availability and accessibility to its customers. The enhanced MyEskom Customer app and the introduction of Alfred the chatbot are the first of many digital solutions to be launched to enhance Eskom’s customer... 

Micro-Grid Academy Young Talent awards recognise eight finalists for innovation

By: Marleny Arnoldi     23rd July 2021 The Micro-Grid Academy Young Talent of the Year 2021 Awards have named eight finalists from across Africa in recognition of their sustainable energy innovations. This yearly competition is backed by RES4Africa Foundation, Enel Green Power and the European Investment Bank (EIB). It encourages... 

AfDB finances cross-country power initiative, youth development in Ethiopia

By: Marleny Arnoldi     23rd July 2021 The African Development Bank (AfDB) has signed two grant agreements for new projects with the Ethiopian government, which aims to boost youth employment and electricity trade between Ethiopia and Djibouti. The grants are grouped under the bank’s concessional lending window and will comprise... 

More municipalities procuring their own power  

23rd July 2021 Creamer Media's Chanel de Bruyn speaks to Engineering News Editor Terence Creamer about the increasing number of big cities and medium-sized municipalities that are looking to either build or procure new electricity capacity. 

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More municipalities procuring their own power

Wheeling framework remains an inhibitor to IPPs, says association  

By: Marleny Arnoldi     23rd July 2021 The current South African power industry structure is supportive of wheeling, in theory, but issues persist that limit the development of more third-party network access and the development of a competitive, open-access electricity market, the South African Independent Power Producers Association... 

SAIPPA independent consultant Andrew Carr
SAIPPA independent consultant Andrew Carr and CPCS principal consultant Ian Johnson touch on South Africa's wheeling issues

Platinum giants eye solar power as green answer to blackouts

By: Bloomberg     23rd July 2021 The world’s biggest platinum miners are ramping up plans to build renewable energy plants to free them from power outages that have plagued South Africa for more than a decade and to reduce their carbon footprint. Sibanye-Stillwater, the No. 1 platinum miner, Impala Platinum Holdings and Anglo... 

Hybrid solar installation completed in Zimbabwe

By: Halima Frost     23rd July 2021 The active partnership between South Africa-based solar solutions provider Blockpower SA and German-managed microgrid integrator Dhybrid has resulted in the completion of a 1.4 MWp, 1 MVA, 480 kWh hybrid solar system at an agriculture estate, in Zimbabwe. The Tanganda Tea Company, which operates... 

Large solar plant at an agriculture estate Zimbabwe
OFF GRID The hybrid solar installation installed by Blockpower SA and Dhybrid was tailor made for the client in Zimbabwe

Investment event targets S Africa and Germany

By: Halima Frost     23rd July 2021 The annual Africa Financial Services Investment Conference – Investing in Africa event, known as AFSIC, organised by hosting company Africa Events Limited, will be held in London, UK, on October 11 and 12. The event provides a forum for investors, business leaders and dealmakers to build... 

Panel discussion at AFSIC Investing in Africa event
SEATED DEBATE The forums and mini country-summits will focus on highlighting investment and business opportunities in Africa

Stage 2 load-shedding to hit SA on Thursday amid cold front  

By: News24Wire      22nd July 2021 Eskom will implement stage 2 load-shedding from 16:00 to 21:00 on Thursday night due to generation issues, combined with the severe cold weather, the power utility announced.  "Unfortunately, a generation unit each at Tutuka and Medupi Power Stations were forced offline this afternoon, increasing... 

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Eskom warns of load-shedding as grid buckles amid high demand, loss of generation units

By: Donna Slater     22nd July 2021 State-owned power utility Eskom warns that it may “be forced” to implement load-shedding at short notice as a result of increased consumption amid the severely cold weather currently sweeping across parts of South Africa, coupled with the loss of some generation capacity. Generation breakdowns... 

Kalahari GeoEnergy reports ‘exciting’ results for Zambian geothermal project

By: Simone Liedtke     22nd July 2021 Zambian geothermal explorer Kalahari GeoEnergy’s ongoing feasibility study has modelled an initial power capacity of between 5 MW and 7 MW on the shallow outflow reservoir within the Bwanda section of the Bweengwa river geothermal resource area. The feasibility study is expected to be completed... 

PowerGen, partners to connect 55 000 people to electricity in Nigeria

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     22nd July 2021 Grid and off-grid distributed energy developer PowerGen is partnering with CrossBoundary Energy Access (CBEA), Oikocredit, Triodos Investment Management, and EDFI ElectriFI to electrify the homes of 55 000 people in rural Nigeria. The project is supported by grant funding from the World Bank and... 

eThekwini issues RFI as it gears up to procure 400 MW of IPP power  

By: Terence Creamer     22nd July 2021 The eThekwini municipality, which has been badly affected by recent deadly rioting and looting, is pushing ahead with its electricity procurement plans and has issued a request for information (RFI) as part of preparations for the procurement of 400 MW of new generation capacity from independent... 

Image of the Durban skyline in the eThekwini municipality
The Durban skyline in the eThekwini municipality

Opinion: Is nuclear part of the answer to sub-Saharan Africa’s electricity shortage? 

21st July 2021 In this opinion article, South African Institute of International Affairs’ Isabel Bosman argues that, despite its pitfalls, nuclear is still an avenue worth exploring to address sub-Saharan Africa’s electricity supply deficit. 

LG commits itself to moving entirely to renewable energy by 2050

By: Donna Slater     21st July 2021 Electronics manufacturer LG Electronics has announced its commitment to transition completely to renewable energy by 2050. The announcement, made in LG’s sustainability report, follows an earlier promise to achieve carbon neutrality by 2030 through its Zero Carbon 2030 initiative, in which the... 

Renewable energy associations host capacity-building webinar ahead of fifth Bid Window

By: Donna Slater     21st July 2021 As role-players in South Africa’s renewable energy sector gear up to make submissions in Bid Window 5 (BW 5) of the Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer Procurement Programme (REIPPPP), the South African Wind Energy Association (SAWEA) and the South African Photovoltaic Industry... 

100-MW reform set to spur rapid increase in larger-scale solar projects – SAPVIA 

By: Terence Creamer     21st July 2021 The South African Photovoltaic Industry Association (SAPVIA) is optimistic that the decision to increase the licence-exemption threshold for distributed-generation facilities from 1 MW to 100 MW will support a rapid increase in the deployment of larger-scale solar photovoltaic (PV) projects, with... 

A head shot of SAPVIA spokesperson Maloba Tshehla
SAPVIA spokesperson Maloba Tshehla

Enel Green Power’s overall installed capacity in South Africa rises above 800 MW

By: Simone Liedtke     21st July 2021 Every year, the now completed Oyster Bay wind farm will generate over 568 GWh and prevent 590 000 t of carbon dioxide (CO²) from being emitted into the atmosphere. The project brings the number of operational Enel Green Power South Africa wind and solar sites in South Africa to nine, with an... 

South African energy efficient lighting study to start soon

By: Schalk Burger     21st July 2021 A new study on energy efficient lighting in South Africa will be undertaken as part of the South African-German Energy Partnership, which includes the Department of Mineral Resources and Energy (DMRE) and the German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy (BMWi). The study will start in... 

Western Cape making progress on pioneering municipal power projects 

By: Terence Creamer     21st July 2021 The Western Cape provincial government is currently evaluating responses to a request for information (RFI) issued by the Department of Economic Development and Tourism to assess the potential for renewable-energy projects in six municipalities included as part of its Municipal Energy Resilience... 

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New study assesses ways to scale up off-grid solar across Africa 

By: Terence Creamer     20th July 2021 A new study assessing the commercial and economic feasibility of enhancing off-grid solar inclusion in sub-Saharan Africa indicates that solar home systems (SHS) could offer the most cost-effective solution for providing electricity access for most unserved segments in the region. Commissioned by... 

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