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Project launched to define role of finance in South Africa and India’s ‘just transitions’ 

By: Terence Creamer     Updated 5 hours ago A new multi-partner initiative has been launched with the aim of defining the role that finance can and should play in supporting both South Africa and India’s aspirations to implement “just transitions” to more climate-resilient economies. The ‘Just Transition Finance Roadmaps in South Africa... 

Mainstream Renewable Power signs equity investment deal with Aker Horizons

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     Updated 6 hours ago Global wind and solar company Mainstream Renewable Power has signed an agreement with renewable energy investment company Aker Horizons, which will take a 75% equity stake in the company, subject to regulatory approval. The deal values Mainstream at €1-billion (including a potential earn-out of... 

Clir provides software to enhance Lake Turkana Wind Power wind farm

By: Donna Slater     18th January 2021 Renewable energy software company Clir Renewables has formed a partnership agreement with renewable energy generator Lake Turkana Wind Power (LTWP). The partnership will result in Clir enhancing LTWP’s wind farm performance tracking and support its Kenya-based team in realising potential... 

Renewable Energy Development Zones vital for a just energy transition − SAWEA

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     18th January 2021 Renewable energy development zones (REDZ) have a key role to play in the South Africa’s just energy transition, creating priority areas for investment in the electricity grid and increasing South Africa’s green energy map, by enabling higher levels of renewable power penetration, industry... 

Renewable Energy Development Zones vital for a just energy transition − SAWEA
Umoya Energy Wind Farm

Shearwater developing SMR, hydrogen project in North Wales

By: Donna Slater     15th January 2021 UK-based hybrid clean energy company Shearwater Energy is developing a wind small modular reactor (SMR) and hydrogen production hybrid energy project in North Wales. The project will provide 3 GW of zero-carbon energy and is also expected to produce over three-million kilograms of green hydrogen... 

Exxaro appoints independent nonexecutive director

By: Donna Slater     15th January 2021 Diversified miner Exxaro’s board of directors has approved the appointment of independent nonexecutive director Chanda Nxumalo, effective February 1. She has 15 years of experience in the renewable energy and power sector, having worked across North America and Europe gaining experience in... 

Staying local pivotal for Mozambique LNG project

By: Mc'Kyla Nortje     15th January 2021 Local content and employment are integral to one of the largest liquefied natural gas (LNG) projects under way on the continent, says petroleum refining company Total Mozambique country chair Ronan Bescond. The Area 1 Mozambique project is one of three LNG projects that are under way along the... 

Staying local pivotal for Mozambique LNG project
RONAN BESCOND Foreign companies that want to work on the project must value local partnership

Various challenges hindering gas market development

15th January 2021 In a report by advisory firm Wood Mackenzie titled ‘Sub-Saharan Africa’s (SSAs) Gas Opportunity: Are Governments Doing Enough’, fiscal and valuations principal analyst Greg Roddick notes that given the lack of reliable and affordable energy in SSA, gas should be playing a vital role.  However, he... 

Various challenges hindering gas market development
GREG RODDICK There may be little need to incentivise discoveries with domestic markets potentially well supplied in the future

Big oil producers face 19% fall in production

15th January 2021 Assurance, advisory and tax services firm PwC’s Africa Oil and Gas Review 2020, released in November, estimated a 19% fall in oil production for the top five African producers: Nigeria, Algeria, Angola, Libya and Egypt. The report, titled ‘Energising a New Tomorrow’, focused on 20 African... 

Big oil producers face 19% fall in production
ENERGY TRANSITION The report noted that the pandemic had not only caused the biggest global oil demand slump in history, it had accelerated the global energy transition by as much as five years

Backlog indicates high demand for solar

By: Darren Parker     15th January 2021 Energy storage manufacturer Solar MD has a backlog of 14 MWh in terms of battery orders, and a backlog of 1 200 orders for the Logger V2, the company’s monitoring and control system. “This demand speaks volumes to the critical renewable-energy gap in South Africa, particularly with regard to... 

Backlog indicates high demand for solar
HIGH TECH Solar MD’s research and development teams are working constantly to improve the performance of the company’s products

Low tax ensures solar incentive

By: Darren Parker     15th January 2021 The relatively low value of carbon tax in South Africa, and numerous allowances that government made available in year one of the Carbon Tax Act’s implementation, which took effect in June 2019, have resulted in there being little incentive currently for solar energy, technology company EDS... 

Low tax ensures solar incentive
OFFSET Solar energy is a “carbon positive” method of generating electricity, and those who implement it qualify for carbon credits

Underserved Lesotho communities to benefit from solar delivery

By: Darren Parker     15th January 2021 Containerised off-grid solar systems manufacturer SustainSolar was contracted by minigrid developer OnePower Lesotho to deliver the first batch of seven modular, turnkey and rapid-deployment Sustain Compact solar power solutions to Lesotho early this year. “The Sustain Compact solar power... 

Underserved Lesotho communities to benefit from solar delivery
EMPOWERING THE COMMUNITY The delivery of seven containerised solar solutions to Lesotho will provide electricity for healthcare facilities in underserved communities

Company adds solar inverters and drives to suite of solutions

15th January 2021 Engineering solutions provider BMG’s electromechanical specialists have extended its solutions service to include solar inverters and drives, which are designed to enhance the efficiency of photovoltaic (PV) systems. “PV modules – which use daylight to generate electricity – are gaining... 

Company adds solar inverters and drives  to suite of solutions
READY FOR ANYTHING The BMG-supplied Vacon IP66 drives and Nema 4X enclosures are well-protected against water and dust ingress

Company ready for larger-scale projects

By: Darren Parker     15th January 2021 With the global trend of microgrid hybrid power solutions, solar solutions company Vert Energy was presented with a unique opportunity by property development company O’Nit Developments, whose strategic intent was to develop a power management solution that optimised the available energy sources... 

Company ready for larger-scale projects
FULL CONTROL The installation, with remote monitoring and remote access, ensures that the client has full control over the system remotely

Ceres farmer commissions solar plant that benefits community

By: Marleny Arnoldi     14th January 2021 A farmer from Ceres Valley has took it upon himself to build a solar plant on his Vadersgawe fruit farm, with excess power to be shared with the Witzenburg municipality. The 90 ha operation, called El Cuesta Farming, is renowned for its juicy apples, pears and nectarines, which are exported to... 

Ceres farmer commissions solar plant that benefits community
Solar farm at the El Cuesta Farming operation in Ceres

Infrastructure market ‘can only get better’, Siemens South Africa CEO avers 

By: Terence Creamer     14th January 2021 Siemens South Africa CEO Sabine Dall’Omo expresses optimism that the country’s much promised infrastructure-led recovery will finally be implemented from late 2021 onwards, describing preparations for the roll-out as impressive. However, she warns that unless the Covid-19 pandemic is brought... 

Infrastructure market ‘can only get better’, Siemens South Africa CEO avers
Siemens South Africa CEO Sabine Dall’Omo

Total, Engie seek aid for France’s biggest green hydrogen plant

By: Bloomberg     13th January 2021 Total and Engie plan to build France’s largest green hydrogen facility to feed the oil company’s biodiesel plant in the south of the country from 2024, provided they get subsidies to make the project viable. Steelmakers and gasoline and biofuel producers currently make the hydrogen they need from... 

Emvelo refinances Karoshoek Solar One stake through TBI’s new fund

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     13th January 2021 Alternative investment and fund management group TBI has concluded its first deal in South Africa through its new Amandla Renewable Energy Fund. As part of the R440-million deal, TBI, along with Momentum Metropolitan Life and Absa, refinanced the existing funding of Emvelo’s 15% stake in the... 

Opinion: Renewables in Africa must deliver more than just power

13th January 2021 Amid concerns over energy supply, the renewables sector enters a new decade with impetus to boost socioeconomic development, writes Chris Antonopoulos. South Africa has entered a new decade with much to occupy its business community. For Lekela Power, the unprecedented impact of the Covid-19... 

Opinion: Renewables in Africa must deliver more than just power
Chris Antonopoulos

Danish PM to lead IEA commission on making energy transition people-centered 

By: Terence Creamer     11th January 2021 The International Energy Agency (IEA) has announced the creation of a high-level global commission, headed by Danish PM Mette Frederiksen, to investigate how to ensure that people are placed at the heart of the unfolding global clean-energy transition. Speaking during a virtual briefing on... 

Danish PM to lead IEA commission on making energy transition people-centered
Dr Fatih Birol

Three-way talks on Ethiopian dam reach new impasse

By: Reuters     11th January 2021 Negotiations between Ethiopia, Sudan and Egypt, in a long-running dispute over the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD) on the Blue Nile, have reached a new impasse, the three countries said on Sunday. "We cannot continue this vicious cycle of circular talks indefinitely," Sudanese irrigation... 

Enel teams up with Qatar wealth fund on Africa green energy projects

By: Reuters     8th January 2021 Italy's biggest utility Enel has signed a deal with the Qatar Investment Authority to develop renewable energy projects in Sub-Saharan Africa, the two groups said. Under the deal, the Qatar sovereign wealth fund will, as a first step, buy half of Enel's stake in 800 MW of its existing renewable... 

BioTherm's Excelsior Wind Energy Facility has started commercial operations

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     7th January 2021 Pan-African renewable power producer company BioTherm Energy, backed by emerging market investor Actis, has announced the official start of operations at its Excelsior Wind Energy Facility at the end of 2020. This marks the completion of its third Independent Power Producer (IPP) project in South... 

BioTherm's Excelsior Wind Energy Facility has started commercial operations
Excelsior Wind farm

Trilateral partnership MoU signed to develop flow battery technology for shipping

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     7th January 2021 Integrated green technology company VanadiumCorp Resource has entered into a memorandum of understanding (MoU) for a trilateral partnership with Conoship International Projects from the Netherlands and Vega Reederei and Partners from Germany. Key engineering work is planned to commercially... 

Assessment tool helps developers minimise wind turbine risk to eagles

By: Marleny Arnoldi     6th January 2021 Researchers from the Fitzpatrick Institute of African Ornithology (Fitztitute) at the University of Cape Town (UCT), HawkWatch International and the University of Amsterdam have developed a new tool that offers developers more accurate guidance on where to safely build wind farms to prevent birds... 

Assessment tool helps developers minimise wind turbine risk to eagles

Tembo Power appoints new financial structuring MD

By: Donna Slater     5th January 2021 Africa-focused hydropower developer Tembo Power Holdings (TPH), formerly Tembo Power Limited, has appointed Jacques Barouhiel to lead its financial structuring business as MD. TPH is an independent power producer (IPP) with a focus on small hydropower in sub-Saharan Africa. It holds rights over... 

Scatec launches new logo, profile

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     5th January 2021 Power plant company Scatec has launched its new logo and profile, with this transformation following the company’s broadened growth strategy and the name change to Scatec from Scatec Solar. “2020 was a monumental year for Scatec. During the crisis, we made the greatest expansion since our... 

Nxuba Wind Farm enters commercial operations

By: Donna Slater     4th January 2021 Renewable energy developer and operator Enel Group’s South African renewable energy subsidiary Enel Green Power (EGP) has successfully reached commercial operation of its 140 MW Nxuba wind farm in the Eastern Cape. The project, built at a cost of about €200-million, is expected to generate 460... 

IFC extends $200m loan to Nedbank to increase renewable energy financing

By: Donna Slater     4th January 2021 The International Finance Corporation (IFC), a member of the World Bank Group, and Nedbank have partnered to increase financing for renewable energy projects in South Africa in an effort to help the country transition to cleaner forms of power, reduce greenhouse-gas (GHG) emissions and create... 

Siemens Gamesa seals first wind farm project in Ethiopia

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     4th January 2021 Engineering company Siemens Gamesa will deliver 29 SG 3.4-132 wind turbines to State-owned utility Ethiopian Electric Power (EEP) for the Assela project − a 100 MW wind farm that will help power over 400 000 Ethiopian households. The wind farm is set to be commissioned by spring 2023 and is... 

Commission recommends approval of Stanlib Fund II's buyout of SCDA 3

By: Creamer Media Reporter      18th December 2020 The Competition Commission has recommended that the Competition Tribunal approve the proposed transaction whereby Stanlib Fund II intends to acquire Solar Capital De Aar 3 (SCDA 3), without conditions. Stanlib Fund II is involved in the provision of financial services and SCDA 3 is a solar... 

Commission recommends approval of Engie's buyout of Xina CSP

By: Creamer Media Reporter      18th December 2020 The Competition Commission has recommended that the Competition Tribunal approve the proposed transaction whereby Engie intends to acquire Xina Concentrated Solar Power (CSP) and Xina CSP Operations & Maintenance (O&M), without conditions. In South Africa, the Engie Group supplies a mix of... 

120 MW Golden Valley Wind Energy Facility connected to the grid

By: Creamer Media Reporter      17th December 2020 The 120 MW Golden Valley Wind Energy Facility, in the Eastern Cape, is the latest wind farm to be connected to South Africa's national grid.  “We are pleased to announce the successful commissioning of all 48 wind turbine generators as the year draws to an end and we prepare to have our portfolio... 

120 MW Golden Valley Wind Energy Facility connected to the grid

Pan African appoints juwi South Africa as EPC contractor for R140m Evander solar PV plant 

By: Chanel de Bruyn     15th December 2020 Gold miner Pan African Resources has entered into an engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) agreement with juwi South Africa to build a 9.975 MW solar photovoltaic (PV) plant at its Evander Mines. Construction on the R140-million solar PV plant will start in the first quarter of 2021,... 

Pan African appoints juwi South Africa as EPC contractor for R140m Evander solar PV plant
Pan Africa CEO Cobus Loots

Govt, IPPs a step closer to lowering electricity tariffs

By: News24Wire      14th December 2020 The Department of Mineral Resources and Energy has managed to complete its first refinancing agreement with an independent power producer (IPP), which is part of an initiative to lower electricity tariffs. The department issued a statement on Monday in which it announced that it had concluded a... 

Eskom outlines streamlined restructuring model to deliver independent grid company by end-2021  

By: Terence Creamer     14th December 2020 Eskom CEO Andre de Ruyter outlined a streamlined approach on Monday to the vertical separation of the State-owned utility into three businesses of generation, distribution and transmission, which he said could accelerate the process of establishing an Eskom-owned independent transmission system... 

Eskom outlines streamlined restructuring model to deliver independent grid company by end-2021
Photo by Creamer Media's Donna Slater
Eskom CEO Andre de Ruyter

Global electricity demand to fall 2% this year, says IEA 

By: Creamer Media Reporter      14th December 2020 Global electricity demand is projected to fall by about 2% this year – the biggest yearly decline since the mid-twentieth century and far larger than what followed the global financial crisis in 2008/9, which resulted in a drop in electricity demand of 0.6% in 2009, the International Energy... 

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