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Glencore welcomes Australian govt's investments for clean future

By: Marleny Arnoldi     18th September 2020 Diversified miner Glencore has welcomed the Australian federal government’s decision to invest A$1.9-billion in a suite of new and emerging energy technology to position the country for a low-emission future. To this end, metals and minerals will play a key role in the global transition to a... 

Bokamoso Solar starts commercial operations

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     18th September 2020 Bokamoso Solar, situated near Leeudoringstad, in the North West province, has started commercial operations. The 67.9 MW solar photovoltaic (PV) power plant and several others currently under construction are expected to have put the North West on the map as a player in the renewable energy... 

Bokamoso Solar starts commercial operations
Bokamoso Solar

Cameroon seeking to build $3bn dam to export electricity

By: Bloomberg     18th September 2020 Cameroon will build a $3-billion hydropower plant as part of an ambitious plan to make the central African nation an exporter of electricity by 2035. The 810 MW Grand Eweng project on the Sanaga river, a joint venture between the government and the US-based energy company Hydromine, is the fifth... 

Prosumers can change energy sector

18th September 2020 Modernising the current energy infrastructure in South Africa will dramatically change the energy utility business model, says diversified power management company Eaton electrical sector Africa MD Seydou Kane. “Modernising the current energy infrastructure, gives industrial and private energy... 

New feature strengthens client presentations

18th September 2020 Distributed generation and microgrid modelling software company Homer Energy, through development of standard-setting energy modelling software company UL, released a new Homer Pro feature that eases the creation of information-rich proposals. Through its new proposal writer, system designers can... 

New feature strengthens  client presentations
COST-SAVING REPORTS Through its new proposal writer, system designers can produce professional reports that illustrate cost savings from distributed renewable energy projects

Solar company installs minigrids in Malawi

18th September 2020 Following Covid-19-related delays, solar energy company SustainSolar successfully commissioned its first Sustain Compact containerised solar generation unit in Mthembanji, Malawi, says SustainSolar managing director Tobias Hobbach. This solar generation unit was delivered as a minigrid under the... 

Solar company installs minigrids in Malawi
FIRST OF MANY This minigrid will be the community’s first experience of wired household electricity and has potential for significant socioeconomic impact in the village

IPP Office says next renewables bid window by end Jan ‘latest’, but possibly before year-end 

By: Terence Creamer     17th September 2020 The head of South Africa’s Independent Power Producer (IPP) Office, which performs the IPP procurement function on behalf of the Department of Mineral Resources and Energy (DMRE), says discussions are under way with the department to finalise the roll-out plan for the Section 34 determination... 

IPP Office says next renewables bid window by end Jan ‘latest’, but possibly before year-end

Renewables body optimistic next bidding round can be ‘expedited’

By: Terence Creamer     16th September 2020 The South African Renewable Energy Council (Sarec) expressed optimism on Wednesday that the long-awaited fifth bid window (BW5) of the Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer Procurement Programme could be fast-tracked in light of the energy regulator’s recent concurrence with a Ministerial... 

Renewables body optimistic next bidding round can be ‘expedited’

Brand new 33 MW Western Cape wind farm connects to grid

By: Terence Creamer     16th September 2020 The 33 MW Excelsior Wind Energy Facility, in the Western Cape, has been connected to South Africa’s load-shedding-prone national grid, with all 13 of its wind turbines having been successfully commissioned. The facility is believed to be the first Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer... 

Brand new 33 MW Western Cape wind farm connects to grid
BioTherm Energy's 33 MW Excelsior Wind Energy Facility

Solarise Africa welcomes third investor backing clean energy projects in Africa

By: Marleny Arnoldi     15th September 2020 Pan-African energy leasing company Solarise Africa has landed a further $10-million investment to drive Africa’s clean energy expansion. The company’s Series B investment round welcomed French development finance institution Proparco, alongside existing investors, investment firm Energy Access... 

Windaba to be hosted virtually, offer online business platform

By: Marleny Arnoldi     15th September 2020 The yearly Windaba conference will take place virtually this year on October 26 and 27. The renewable energy sector and its stakeholders will also gather on the Windaba 2020 Virtual Marketplace platform to unpack the role of the industry in the energy transition for the decade ahead.  

Renewable energy could be light at end of load-shedding tunnel, says SAWEA

By: Donna Slater     15th September 2020 Local wind energy lobby organisation the South African Wind Energy Association (SAWEA) reports that, as South Africa continues to struggle with the crippling effects of prolonged load-shedding, recent indicators point to a “light at the end of the tunnel that is lit by renewable energy”. As... 

DMRE targeting December for initiation of fifth renewables bid window 

By: Terence Creamer     14th September 2020 The Department of Mineral Resources and Energy (DMRE) has clarified that it is aiming to release bid documentation for the so-called fifth bid window (BW5) of South Africa’s renewable-energy procurement programme in December, following receipt of the regulator’s concurrence with a Ministerial... 

DMRE targeting December for initiation of fifth renewables bid window

Maynier urges urgent Gazetting of determination for new power projects 

By: Terence Creamer     11th September 2020 The Western Cape government has urged Mineral Resources and Energy Minister Gwede Mantashe to urgently Gazette the final Section 34 Ministerial determination that would open the way for the procurement of 11 813 MW of new electricity capacity. The call came as government's Political Task Team on... 

Maynier urges urgent Gazetting of determination for new power projects
Western Cape Finance and Economic Opportunities Minister David Maynier

CSP towers’ impact on birdlife lower than expected, can be reduced

By: Marleny Arnoldi     11th September 2020 A study conducted by Stellenbosch University’s Faculty of AgriSciences has found that the 50 MW Khi Solar One facility, near Upington, is impacting on the surrounding bird life, but not to the extent expected. It is also possible to reduce the impact that concentrating solar power (CSP) towers... 

CSP towers’ impact on birdlife lower than expected, can be reduced
Khi Solar One plant, in Upington

Renewable-energy masterplan process advancing

By: Creamer Media Reporter      11th September 2020 Work on  the South African Renewable Energy Masterplan (SAREM) is officially under way, with the first industry working group meeting having taken place on August 26. SAREM is one of 14 industry specific masterplans being developed under the Department of Trade, Industry and Competition (DTIC’s)... 

Renewable-energy masterplan process advancing

Battery metals to boom despite widespread Covid-19 disruption

By: Donna Slater     11th September 2020 Battery metals, which are used in modern energy efficient electrical products, are playing an increasingly important role in climate change mitigation and the shift towards a lower carbon-intensive future. Battery metals, including lithium, vanadium, copper, cobalt, nickel, lead and graphite are... 

Battery metals to boom despite widespread Covid-19 disruption

Mantashe says Nersa’s concurrence with determination opens way for procurement of 11 813 MW of new power 

By: Terence Creamer     10th September 2020 Mineral Resources and Energy Minister Gwede Mantashe reported on Thursday the National Energy Regulator of South Africa (Nersa) had provided its concurrence to a Section 34 Ministerial Determination, issued in February, which opened the way for the procurement of  11 813 MW of new electricity... 

Mantashe says Nersa’s concurrence with determination opens way for procurement of 11 813 MW of new power
Photo by Creamer Media
Mineral Resources and Energy Minister Gwede Mantashe

South Africa's green hydrogen production potential 

10th September 2020   Creamer Media's Chanel de Bruyn speaks to Creamer Media Editor Terence Creamer about the global interest in green hydrogen and what South Africa needs to do to become a world leader in green hydrogen. 

South Africa's green hydrogen production potential
South Africa's green hydrogen production potential

IEA says green hydrogen is ‘ready for big time’ and lists Africa as key production site 

By: Terence Creamer     10th September 2020 Africa has been listed, in a new International Energy Agency (IEA) report, as one of the locations that could emerge as dominant in the production of green hydrogen, which the agency says is required to extend the decarbonisation reach of renewable electricity to industries where the direct use... 

IEA says green hydrogen is ‘ready for big time’ and lists Africa as key production site
IEA executive director Dr Fatih Birol

Bokpoort CSP sets new winter production record

By: Marleny Arnoldi     9th September 2020 The Bokpoort concentrated solar power (CSP) project has set a new winter production record of 21.7 GWh in August, surpassing a prior winter record of 19.5 GWh set in 2017. The 50 MW CSP parabolic trough power plant is now in its fifth year of operation, after being approved during the second... 

Bokpoort CSP sets new winter production record
Bokpoort CSP project

Global trading platform key to unlocking competitiveness of green hydrogen 

By: Terence Creamer     9th September 2020 International cooperation will be key to unlocking the competitive production of green hydrogen as global trade will be required to link those countries, such as South Africa, that are best suited to producing the energy carrier, using a combination of low-cost renewable energy, water and... 

Global trading platform key to unlocking competitiveness of green hydrogen

Infrastructure projects fail when procurement is pursued administratively rather than strategically 

By: Terence Creamer     9th September 2020 An analysis of public infrastructure delivery in South Africa, prepared for consideration by the National Planning Commission (NPC), identifies the quality of procurement and client-delivery management as the main differentiators between those projects that have succeeded in recent years and... 

Infrastructure projects fail when procurement is pursued administratively rather than strategically

Renewables sentiment accelerated by pandemic, but ‘survival mode’ stands in way

By: Marleny Arnoldi     9th September 2020 Global lockdowns have highlighted the need for universal clean electrification as the natural environment has seemed to "rejuvenate spectacularly" in the wake of reduced human activity, offering a glimpse of what a cleaner world could look like, says global consultancy Kearney. The Covid-19... 

Renewables sentiment accelerated by pandemic, but ‘survival mode’ stands in way

juwi sponsors employee’s 7 000 km solo Atlantic rowing endeavour

By: Donna Slater     8th September 2020 Departing in December, Capetonian Zirk Botha – a former naval combat officer and adventure racer – will undertake a 7 000 km solo rowing trip from Cape Town to Rio de Janeiro, in Brazil, with renewable energy company juwi Renewable Energies South Africa sponsoring his feat. Botha, who also works... 

juwi sponsors employee’s 7 000 km solo Atlantic rowing endeavour
juwi economic development manager Zirk Botha with his boat - Ratel - at the False Bay Yacht Club.

Locally-produced fuel cells being used by army field hospital  

8th September 2020 From Creamer Media in Johannesburg, this is the Real Economy Report. Sashnee Moodley: 

Locally-produced fuel cells being used by army field hospital

Eskom launches new ‘system status’ portal in bid to begin bolstering transparency 

By: Terence Creamer     7th September 2020 South Africa’s electricity utility Eskom has added a new page to its website through which it is providing information relating to the status and performance of the power system, including the use of load-shedding as a mechanism to stabilise the national electricity grid. The webpage, which bears... 

Eskom launches new ‘system status’ portal in bid to begin bolstering transparency

Dube-Ncube congratulates CHEM Energy for opening S Africa’s first fuel cell factory 

By: Sane Dhlamini     7th September 2020 KwaZulu-Natal Economic Development, Tourism and Environmental Affairs MEC Nomusa Dube-Ncube has congratulated CHEM ENERGY, a subsidiary of Taiwanese conglomerate CHEM Corporation, which has opened its $200-million fuel cell production factory in KwaZulu-Natal at the Dube TradePort Special... 

Dube-Ncube congratulates CHEM Energy for opening S Africa’s first fuel cell factory
Photo by Supplied
CHEM Energy President Angelin Maharaj with KZN MEC for Economic Development, Tourism and Environmental Affairs Nomusa Dube-Ncube at the opening of the first fuel cell opened at the Dube TradePort

Bushveld creates new entity to provide vanadium electrolyte rental option

By: Donna Slater     7th September 2020 Aim-listed integrated primary vanadium producer and energy storage provider Bushveld Minerals, which owns high-grade vanadium assets in South Africa, has formed a special purpose company in partnership with Invinity Energy Systems (Invinity), named Vanadium Electrolyte Rental Limited (VERL).... 

Bushveld creates new entity to provide vanadium electrolyte rental option
Photo by Creamer Media
Fortune Mojapelo

BLSA implores govt to take on energy, spectrum policy with equal urgency as pandemic 

By: Marleny Arnoldi     7th September 2020 In her latest weekly newsletter, Business Leadership South Africa CEO Busi Mavuso questions why government could implement “urgent” policies for the Covid-19 crises, but not for energy or spectrum allocation, which are also long-standing urgent issues. “The State acted fast [at the start of... 

BLSA implores govt to take on energy, spectrum policy with equal urgency as pandemic
Photo by Creamer Media's Donna Slater
BLSA CEO Busi Mavuso

Sasol seeks carbon-utilisation solutions for South African operations 

By: Terence Creamer     4th September 2020 Energy and chemicals group Sasol has initiated a process through which it aims to identify potential partners for the development and demonstration of technologies that can utilise the carbon dioxide (CO2) produced at its South African operations as part of a broader strategy to lower its... 

Sasol seeks carbon-utilisation solutions for South African operations

World-first heat pump to launch at Electra

By: Tracy Hancock     4th September 2020 Krugersdorp heat pump manufacturer EMS Holdings will officially launch its world-first 200 ℓ low-pressure, integrated heat pump alongside its official distributor, ACDC, at Electra Mining Africa 2020 Connect from September 7 to 11. “For the first time in a long time, we have something that is... 

World-first heat pump to launch at Electra
FRANCO DIEDERIKS Since the ease of the lockdown, sales are starting to pick up, especially among new developments and refurbishment projects

Opinion: Wake up, the sun is shining

3rd September 2020 In this opinion piece, South African Photovoltaic Industry Association (SAPVIA) chairperson Wido Schnabel writes that the country has everything it needs to not only work its way out of the recession that is coming, but to actually improve the situation for every individual and elevate the... 

Opinion: Wake up, the sun is shining

$25m investment expands horizon for clean-energy firm 

By: Terence Creamer     3rd September 2020 Independent private equity fund manager Metier has announced a $25-million investment into clean-energy company Broadreach Energy, which specialises in deploying renewable-energy and energy efficiency projects in the commercial and industrial (C&I) sectors of various African countries. The... 

$25m investment expands horizon for clean-energy firm
Broadreach Energy MD Adam Bekker

FNB cuts the carbon footprint of its branches by 50% over five years

By: Donna Slater     1st September 2020 After the adoption of carbon-cutting measures to drive energy efficiency across a network of more than 600 branches in South Africa, financial services provider First National Bank (FNB) FNB has reduced the carbon dioxide (CO2) footprint in its branches by nearly 50% over a period of five years.... 

IFC confirms $225m green-economy loan to FirstRand

By: Terence Creamer     1st September 2020 The World Bank’s International Finance Corporation (IFC) has extended a $225-million loan to South Africa’s FirstRand Bank, which will deploy the finance in support of “energy-efficient and water-smart projects” in South Africa. The loan includes a $75-million contribution from the Dutch... 

IFC confirms $225m green-economy loan to FirstRand

Juwi completes first of three awarded solar projects

By: Marleny Arnoldi     1st September 2020 Juwi Renewable Energies has announced that the Droogfontein 2 Solar Park, near Kimberley, has reached full grid code compliance and started commercial operations. The 179 ha area, which comprises 260 000 solar panels on a single-axis tracker system, is supplying 75 MW to the national grid.  

Juwi completes first of three awarded solar projects
Droogfontein 2 project, in the Northern Cape
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