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Renewable Energy News

Approvals for Eskom’s ‘exciting’ grid-tied battery project expected in February 

By: Terence Creamer     Updated 4 hours ago Eskom CEO Andre de Ruyter reports that the tender evaluation for Phase 1 of the utility’s battery energy storage systems (BESS) project has been completed and that he expects the final approvals to be in place in February. Speaking during a briefing on the state of the system on Thursday, De... 

Public Works to release RFP for renewable energy programme this quarter

By: Darren Parker     Updated 5 hours ago The Department of Public Works and Infrastructure (DPWI) will publish a request for proposals (RFP) for its Integrated Renewable Energy and Resource Efficiency Programme (iREREP) in the first quarter of this year, it said in a statement on January 27. The iREREP will be the largest programme for... 

A photo of Public Works and Infrastructure Minister Patricia de Lille
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Public Works and Infrastructure Minister Patricia de Lille

Bitcoin-paying solar power company plans African expansion

By: Bloomberg     27th January 2022 Sun Exchange, a South African firm that crowd-sources funds for solar panels and leases them to customers, plans to expand to other countries on the continent. The company, backed by a group part-owned by billionaire Patrice Motsepe’s African Rainbow Capital Investments Ltd., raised $1.4 million... 

Green primary iron could help South Africa offset fall in coal export revenues – study 

By: Terence Creamer     26th January 2022 Producing carbon-free primary iron in South Africa using green hydrogen direct reduced iron (GHDRI) technology could create a new globally competitive green export industry that could help offset the losses associated with the eventual decline in coal exports, a new study shows. Such exports... 

Green primary iron made in South Africa could help global steelmakers lower the cost of their decarbonisation efforts
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Green primary iron made in South Africa could help global steelmakers lower the cost of their decarbonisation efforts

Agreement inked to develop hydrogen recycling of end-of-life wind turbine magnets

By: Donna Slater     25th January 2022 Magnet metal and rare earths miner Pensana has signed a cooperation agreement with oil, gas and wind power company Equinor, forming a working group to share technical and commercial information to develop a low-energy method for recycling end-of-life magnets at Pensana’s rare earths hub in the... 

Nigerian VP calls for natural gas to be accepted as a transition fuel

By: Darren Parker     21st January 2022 Nigerian Vice President Yemi Osinbajo has called for natural gas – which Africa has in abundance – to be accepted by the rest of the globe as a transitional fuel. In his address to the Davos Agenda 2022 – hosted by the World Economic Forum – on January 21, Osinbajo reminded world leaders that,... 

A photo of Nigerian VP Yemi Osinbajo
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Nigerian VP Yemi Osinbajo

South Africa’s solar PV value chain must develop quality culture – juwi

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     21st January 2022 By 2030, total installed photovoltaic (PV) capacity in South Africa is expected to reach 8 400 MW; however, to ensure sustainable growth, the country has to develop and implement quality infrastructure for these systems, says juwi Renewable Energies MD Richard Doyle. “Embedding a culture of... 

Treasury gazettes renewable energy premium notice

By: Darren Parker     21st January 2022 Finance Minister Enoch Godongwana has published a notice regarding the renewable energy premium in the Government Gazette. The purpose of the notice is to facilitate Section 6(2) of the Carbon Tax Act, which makes provision for taxpayers conducting electricity generation activities to offset the... 

Globeleq's Malindi solar plant providing 40 MW of clean energy to Kenya grid

By: Schalk Burger     21st January 2022 The 52 MW Malindi solar photovoltaic (PV) plant, in Langobaya, Kenya, has been exporting 40 MW of power into the national grid since December 14. The $69-million solar plant, developed by independent power producer (IPP) Globeleq and its project partner Africa Energy Development Corporation... 

SA’s aggressive decarbonisation strategy to start

By: Claire O'Reilly     21st January 2022 South Africa is planning to source 41% of its total energy supply from renewable energy –including solar photovoltaic (PV), wind, hydropower and concentrating solar thermal power components – by 2030, which energy solutions provider Energy Partners Intelligence head of business development Tygue... 

Integrated solution offers less reliance on national grid

By: Claire O'Reilly     21st January 2022 South Africa-based renewable-energy solutions company Solareff has designed and installed an integrated solar photovoltaic (PV), diesel generator and battery energy storage system (BESS), with an engineered energy management system (EMS), for a retail developer on the West Rand. 

Picture of the PV panels on the roof of a retail development on the westrand
SUNNY SOLUTIONS Now about 30% of the electricity load is generated from solar energy for a retail developer on the West Rand, generated from these photovoltaic panels

Solar streetlight designed for longevity

By: Claire O'Reilly     21st January 2022 Last month, lighting solution manufacturer Beka Schréder began the first SOLARPOLE project roll-out in the country.  

Picture of BEKA Schréder's new SOLARPOLE design
SOLARPOLE LUMINAIRE The SOLARPOLE is a vertical, aesthetic solar lighting solution for road and urban applications

Firms and households tap rooftop power as load-shedding risk lingers

By: Natasha Odendaal     21st January 2022 Improving technologies, which reduce deployment costs, as well as lower tariffs and thousands of hours of sunshine every year, along with the continued challenges of State-owned power utility Eskom’s load-shedding, will likely drive more citizens and businesses to adopt solar photovoltaic (PV)... 

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Renewable alternatives critical to support Mpumalanga’s decarbonisation drive  

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     20th January 2022 The transformation and decarbonisation of the South African energy system is gathering momentum; however, a regional plan is required for the coal mining region of Mpumalanga, to prevent considerable economic and socioeconomic losses and ensure a just transition, and a push for renewable energy... 

Zimbabwe export farm's 510 kW solar PV and 1 MWh battery powering packhouse, cold storage

By: Schalk Burger     20th January 2022 A 510 kW and 1 MWh solar photovoltaic (PV) and battery storage installation to power the packhouse and cold store facilities of Zimbabwean agricultural company Nhimbe Fresh has started generating electricity. The $1.4-million project was funded through a crowd-sale completed by solar leasing... 

Consultancy releases comprehensive map of Southern Africa Power Pool

By: Marleny Arnoldi     20th January 2022 Consultancy AmaranthCX has published a new electronic map of the electricity infrastructure in countries that are part of the Southern Africa Power Pool (SAPP) for use with Google Earth or Google Maps. The map geolocates 317 operating power stations across the 11 member countries of SAPP, as... 

Investec to offer private bank clients solar-power financing

By: Bloomberg     18th January 2022 Investec plans to offer its private banking clients funding to install solar panels and battery storage systems in homes, bolstering its own green credentials and providing a power solution in a country regularly hit by electricity outages. The offering, which follows a pilot programme for 1 000... 

Calls for renewables rises as scrutiny increases on corporate power use – Wood Mackenzie

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     18th January 2022 Flush with opportunity and the capital needed to move investment and merger and acquisition (M&A) strategies forward as the rush to decarbonise the global energy system heightens, corporate power and renewables companies need to prepare for rising near-term risk, says consultancy group Wood... 

Opinion: Localisation – beware unintended consequences

18th January 2022 The growing consensus that localisation is some sort of silver bullet that will solve our economic and job creation woes is misplaced, writes Duferco Steel Processing MD Ludovico Sanges, adding that localisation policy needs to be carefully calibrated to drive economic growth and not simply... 

Duferco Steel Processing MD Ludovico Sanges

Africa Energy Indaba will showcase tech for uptake in rest of Africa

By: Marleny Arnoldi     17th January 2022 The Africa Energy Indaba (AEI), to be held on March 1 and 2, will showcase South Africa’s renewable energy competencies and present these as a model for the rest of Africa. This will be in partnership with South African Electrotechnical Export Council (SAEEC), which has been a long-term... 

Mantashe says DMRE committed to pursuing energy mix that ensures security of supply

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     14th January 2022 The Department of Mineral Resources and Energy (DMRE) will continue to pursue an energy mix that will ensure security of supply, while remaining cognisant of the country’s international commitments to respond to climate change, Mineral Resources and Energy Minister Gwede Mantashe said during a... 

Mantashe on State capture: An attack on deployment is an attack on transformation, democracy

By: News24Wire      14th January 2022 Mineral Resources and Energy Minister Gwede Mantashe has warned that the State capture report may launch heavy attacks on deployment - and by extension, transformation and democracy. The minister delivered a keynote address at the gala dinner of the Energy Summit, hosted by the South African... 

Mineral Resources and Energy Minister Gwede Mantashe
Mineral Resources and Energy Minister Gwede Mantashe

IEA sees South Africa’s 100 MW reform offering some short-term supply relief 

By: Terence Creamer     14th January 2022 South Africa’s new policy allowing power plants smaller than 100 MW to connect to the grid for self-consumption and sell power into the grid without applying for a generating licence may help address capacity issues in the short term, the International Energy Agency (IEA) states in a new report.... 

IEA says renewables are set to supply more than 60% of net demand growth in Africa between 2022 and 2024
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IEA says renewables are set to supply more than 60% of net demand growth in Africa between 2022 and 2024

Rand Merchant Bank headline sponsor for Solar Power Africa

By: Schalk Burger     13th January 2022 Financial services firm Rand Merchant Bank (RMB) has been announced as the headline sponsor for solar power and energy storage industry event Solar Power Africa, which will be held at the Cape Town International Convention Centre from February 16 to 18, industry body South African Photovoltaic... 

Ngonye sun-tracking solar plant in Zambia a pioneer in sub-Saharan Africa

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     13th January 2022 Renewable energy multinational Enel Green Power’s (EGP’s) Ngonye solar plant, in the Lusaka South Multi Facility Economic Zone, is using tracking systems that feature solar photovoltaic (PV) panels to track the movement of the sun throughout the day, capturing sunlight and converting the energy... 

An image of the Ngonye solar plant in Zambia
Aerial view

South African prepaid startup WiSolar plans initial fundraise

By: Bloomberg     12th January 2022 WiSolar, a South African startup that sells solar power on a prepaid basis, plans to raise R45-million this quarter in its first funding round as it gears up for growth. The company, founded by Tonye Irims in 2016, plans to expand from offering its product to residential home owners to working... 

Resources companies must balance costs, benefits of reducing environmental impact

By: Schalk Burger     12th January 2022 Natural resources and commodities producers and traders will have to balance the increase in costs to reduce the environmental impact of their operations and supply chains with the beneficial impact these measures have on the environment and communities in which they operate, three natural... 

Sefa provides $1m to support Botswana's energy transition

By: Schalk Burger     7th January 2022 The Sustainable Energy Fund for Africa (Sefa), managed by development finance institution the African Development Bank (AfDB), has approved a $1-million grant to facilitate Botswana’s transition to clean energy. The technical assistance project supports the government of Botswana in closing... 

Clean energy and climate change on South Africa's radar   

7th January 2022 Mining Weekly Editor Martin Creamer discusses decarbonisation as an opportunity to create quality employment; South Africa's need to transition to clean energy without creating job losses and ghost towns in areas where fossil fuels provide the overwhelming economic support; and South Africa's... 

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Clean energy and climate change on South Africa's radar

SAB switching to renewable electricity to brew Castle Lite

By: Simone Liedtke     4th January 2022 South African Breweries (SAB) has committed to brewing with renewable electricity by 2025 as part of its efforts to take pressure off the national electricity grid and to meet its sustainability goals. The move is in line with holding company Anheuser-Busch InBev (AB InBev) globally committing to... 

Pic of bottles at SAB's Alrode Brewery

Eskom to release Mpumalanga land to catalyse investments in sub-100 MW renewables projects  

By: Terence Creamer     15th December 2021 Public Enterprises Minister Pravin Gordhan has announced that Eskom is preparing to release land in the coal-rich Mpumalanga province for sub-100 MW distributed electricity projects that can now be built without a licence and wheel electricity through the grid for self-consumption, or for sale to... 

Public Enterprises Minister Pravin Gordhan
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Public Enterprises Minister Pravin Gordhan

REIPPPP Bid Window 5 to provide important link in local value chain

By: Donna Slater     15th December 2021 Wind turbine original-equipment manufacturer (OEM) Nordex Energy South Africa sees Bid Window 5 (BW5) of the Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer Procurement Programme (REIPPPP) as an important link in driving the local value chain, saying it will directly stimulate the domestic job... 

An image of Nordex Energy South Africa's Prieska-based concrete wind turbine tower manufacturing facility
Nordex Energy South Africa's Prieska-based concrete wind turbine tower manufacturing facility

Ellies reports first-half loss in earnings despite load-shedding boom

By: Donna Slater     15th December 2021 JSE-listed diversified electronic and alternative energy products manufacturer and distributor Ellies, impacted by global and local supply chain challenges of the Covid-19 pandemic, the July civil unrest and weak trading conditions, has reported a loss before interest, taxes, depreciation and... 

NRF boasts 230 kW grid-tied solar PV rooftop installation

By: Schalk Burger     15th December 2021 The National Research Foundation (NRF) has installed a grid-tied rooftop solar photovoltaic (PV) systems at its Brummeria Building, in Pretoria, with the two 82.2 kW and one 50 kW inverters providing a combined alternating current capacity of 215.6 kW. The overall system has a direct current... 

Scatec to deliver two hybrid energy plants in Cameroon

By: Simone Liedtke     13th December 2021 Renewable energy company Scatec has entered into a lease agreement with electricity company Eneo in Cameroon to deliver two hybrid solar and storage plants totalling 36 MW solar and 20 MW/19 MWh storage. The plants will supply low-cost, clean and reliable electricity in Maroua and Guider in the... 

Standard Bank issues green, social bonds to finance renewable, housing projects in South Africa

By: Schalk Burger     13th December 2021 Financial services firm Standard Bank has issued its first local Tier 2 capital qualifying green bond to finance renewable energy projects in South Africa and increased its social bond issued in August to finance mortgage loans in the affordable housing target market, with a focus on women... 

Energy expert makes case for solar-wind-storage only IRP with game changing ‘superpower’  

By: Terence Creamer     10th December 2021 An Integrated Resource Plan (IRP) comprising only solar, wind and storage (SWS) would deliver not only a load-shedding-free electricity supply industry but also create the platform for new industries to be built on near-zero-marginal-cost excess green electricity, a South African energy expert... 

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