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Tshwane's energy procurement plans
Tshwane's energy procurement plans
21st June 2024 By: Creamer Media Reporter

Engineering News editor Terence Creamer discusses the City of Tshwane's plans to procure 1 000 MW of new electricity generation capacity and how it is likely to proceed with the procurement... 


Companies collaborate to enhance solar PV compliance, recycling practices
19th June 2024 By: Sabrina Jardim

In a bid to champion extended producer responsibility compliance and solar PV recycling practices, producer responsibility organisation (PRO) Circular Energy has embarked on a strategic partnership... 


Executive Mayor of Tshwane Cilliers Brink
City of Tshwane pushing ahead with plan to procure 1 000 MW by 2026
19th June 2024 By: Terence Creamer

The City of Tshwane is signalling its intention to proceed with plans to procure and/or revive 1 000 MW of electricity generation capacity by 2026 as part of a strategy aimed at improving security... 


Solar panels and wind turbines
Only 40% of developing-country utilities are financially sustainable, World Bank warns
19th June 2024 By: Schalk Burger

The majority of electric utilities in developing countries are ill-equipped to meet growing demand for power and add more renewable energy into the grid, thereby hindering global energy transition... 


A solar park in South Africa
WEF Energy Transition Index at its highest ever, but global progress slowing
19th June 2024 By: Schalk Burger

The global energy transition to a more equitable, secure and sustainable energy system is still progressing, but has lost momentum in the face of increasing uncertainty worldwide, international... 


TNPA's head office at the Port of Ngqura
TNPA moves to integrate desalination, renewables at Port Elizabeth and Ngqura ports
18th June 2024 By: Terence Creamer

South Africa’s Transnet National Ports Authority (TNPA) has issued requests for proposal (RFPs) for the construction of two solar-powered seawater desalination plants and a hybrid... 


V&A executive manager: operations André Theys
V&A Waterfront signs deal to raise green-electricity contribution to 70% by 2026
18th June 2024 By: Terence Creamer

Cape Town’s V&A Waterfront has signed a ten-year power purchase agreement (PPA) with Etana Energy for 43 GWh of renewable energy yearly, which will result in wind and solar supplying 70% of the... 


Eskom targets JETP funds and partnerships for 2 GW clean-energy pipeline
Eskom targets JETP funds and partnerships for 2 GW clean-energy pipeline
14th June 2024 By: Terence Creamer

Having recently confirmed a decoupling of its just energy transition strategy from the decommissioning of its coal-fired power stations, Eskom is aiming to finalise business cases for a pipeline of... 


An image showing a candi solar project in South Africa
candi solar secures $38m funding for clean energy expansion in South Africa, India
14th June 2024 By: Tasneem Bulbulia

Clean energy company candi solar has successfully closed its Series C funding round, securing $38-million in equity investment. The round was led by Norfund, Kyuden International, and STOA Infra... 


Power lines
South Africa preparing to pilot independent transmission projects to bolster grid’s renewables capacity
13th June 2024 By: Terence Creamer

The National Treasury has confirmed that South Africa is moving to pilot a model that will enable the private sector to participate directly in the development and operation of transmission grid... 


The 1 MW solar PV plant at the GWK maize mill
GWK's Christiana maize mill gets 1 MW solar PV system
13th June 2024 By: Schalk Burger

Independent power producer Decentral Energy has commissioned a 1 MW solar PV system at food producer GWK's Farm Foods Christiana maize mill. The ground-mounted, grid-tied solar PV system, which was... 


Nepoworx, Harambee unveil youth work readiness programme in solar installations
13th June 2024 By: Sabrina Jardim

Renewable energy skills development agency Nepoworx, in collaboration with Harambee Youth Employment Accelerator, has announced the launch of their first iteration of the Youth Work Readiness... 


A solar panel being installed
Diversification of energy generation, consumption important for businesses, Discovery Green says
12th June 2024 By: Schalk Burger

Businesses are increasingly prioritising the procurement of renewable energy, and especially solar energy, owing to loadshedding, electricity cost increases and risks associated with high carbon... 


Benchmarking study highlights slow pace of South Africa’s grid-connection system
Benchmarking study highlights slow pace of South Africa’s grid-connection system
12th June 2024 By: Terence Creamer

A new benchmarking assessment of South Africa’s electricity grid access queueing mechanisms indicates that Eskom’s systems are slower and less transparent than those being implemented in developed... 


Solar PV
Solar installations slow in South Africa after blackouts ease
12th June 2024 By: Bloomberg

Repairs to South Africa’s coal-fired stations that have helped the State power utility avoid debilitating blackouts for three months straight is giving solar installers an unintended break. Until... 


New hydropower capacity by region in 2023
Africa added 2 GW of hydropower last year, but IHA says 90% of on-river potential untapped
12th June 2024 By: Terence Creamer

Africa added over 2 GW of hydropower capacity in 2023 but 90% of the continent’s on-river hydropower potential remains untapped, a new report states. Published by the International Hydropower... 


Eskom's Hex grid-battery installation
South Africa urged to integrate successful global grid-battery strategies to support roll-out
12th June 2024 By: Terence Creamer

South Africa should consider ways to replicate strategies employed in regions such as South Australia and California to facilitate an accelerated uptake of grid batteries, which a new International... 


The risk of floods has increased in certain part of South Africa as a result of climate change
South Africa’s climate focus needs to shift from setting targets to tangible results – Moosa
11th June 2024 By: Terence Creamer

South Africa is now entering a new and more demanding phase of climate action, Presidential Climate Commission (PCC) deputy chairperson Valli Moosa asserts, stressing that the focus is not only on... 


Solar PV panels installed at the Engen Meadowridge fuel station
Solar PV panels rolled out at 150 Engen fuel stations in Southern Africa
11th June 2024 By: Schalk Burger

Solar power provider SolarSaver, which serves as fuel retailer Engen's official solar provider, has installed solar PV systems at 150 Engen Petroleum fuel stations across Botswana, Namibia and... 


Transmission lines, solar panels and wind turbines
Eskom seeks executive to lead renewables division
10th June 2024 By: Bloomberg

South Africa’s Eskom Holdings is looking for a manager to lead its clean energy projects even as the utility extends the use of coal plants to mitigate nationwide electricity shortages. The group... 


A coal-fired power station
Civil society coalition emphasises need for accountability, transparency, equity to achieve a ‘fair’ just transition
10th June 2024 By: Schalk Burger

A coalition of civil society organisations from Indonesia, Senegal, South Africa and Vietnam on June 10 launched their ‘Principles for a Fair Just Energy Transition Partnership (JETP)’, which... 


An image showing Kropz's Elandsfontein mine
ARC portfolio companies demonstrate resilience in challenging conditions
7th June 2024 By: Tasneem Bulbulia

JSE-listed African Rainbow Capital (ARC) Investments says that, despite an unfavourable macroeconomic environment for the quarter ended March 31, several portfolio companies have demonstrated... 


Photo of Terence Creamer
Reflecting on Marokane's first 100 days as Eskom CEO
7th June 2024 By: Chanel de Bruyn

Engineering News editor Terence Creamer reflects on Dan Marokane's first 100 days in office as Eskom CEO and the direction Eskom is taking under his leadership.   


Despite ‘visible progress’ on loadshedding front, Eskom boss says SA not out of the woods yet
7th June 2024 By: Irma Venter

On day 55 of no loadshedding in South Africa, on May 21, newly appointed Eskom boss Dan Marokane warned that the country was “not of out the woods yet” in terms of more reliable energy supply.... 


SAWEA CEO Niveshen Govender.
SAWEA, Germany's BWE partner to stimulate wind energy investment
6th June 2024 By: Schalk Burger

Industry organisation the South African Wind Energy Association (SAWEA) and the German Wind Energy Association (Bundesverband Windenergie or BWE) signed a memorandum of understanding on June 6 with... 


Solar panels in front of Komati power station cooling towers
Eskom ‘decouples’ renewables roll-out from coal station closure plan
6th June 2024 By: Terence Creamer

Eskom CEO Dan Marokane reports that a decision has been made to “decouple” the closure of its coal stations from the building, in partnership, of new renewable energy generation capacity linked to... 


Image of the blackwater treatment plant at the V&A
Already green V&A Waterfront eyes starting up desalination plant; building second seawater cooling plant
6th June 2024 By: Irma Venter

Since starting its sustainability journey in 2008, the V&A Waterfront (V&A) in Cape Town has reduced its energy use by 40%, with 2 MW of photovoltaic (PV) solar panels generating 1 640 000 kWh of... 


NOA Trading CEO Andrew Taylor
NOA helps Tronox decarbonise its South African operations with 25-yr energy supply agreement
6th June 2024 By: Sabrina Jardim

Local integrated energy company NOA Group Holdings has entered into a 25-year energy supply agreement with NYSE-listed titanium dioxide pigment manufacturer Tronox Holdings for its South African... 


Belgium's King Philippe and Namibian President Ngangolo Mbumba on a site visit at the Cleanenergy Solutions green hydrogen project in Namibia
Namibia’s audacious plan to become a global green hydrogen hub
6th June 2024 By: Bloomberg

Early in May, King Philippe of Belgium was on the edge of the Namib desert to inaugurate a project that aims to help decarbonize European industry, and which might just enable one of Africa’s... 


A wind turbine and a fossil fuel-powered plant
Investment in clean energy to reach $2tr this year, outpacing investment in fossil fuels
6th June 2024 By: Bloomberg

Investment in clean energy technologies will climb to $2-trillion this year, almost double the amount spent on fossil fuels, according to the International Energy Agency (IEA). Two-thirds of the... 


IEA executive director Fatih Birol
Global renewable-energy commitments fall short of COP28 targets
4th June 2024 By: Marleny Arnoldi

Although Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs) are key to decarbonisation, current NDCs only amount to 1 300 GW, or 12%, of the renewable energy capacity needed to meet the objective of... 


Richards Bay port
TNPA appoints Amulet consortium to build, operate Richards Bay solar plant
3rd June 2024 By: Marleny Arnoldi

Transnet National Ports Authority (TNPA) has selected Amulet Group Consortium to build and operate a 20 MW solar PV plant at the Port of Richards Bay. TNPA anticipates that the design and... 


An image showing students doing an exchange trip
EWSETA undertakes programme to boost renewables skills development, at TVET colleges
3rd June 2024 By: Tasneem Bulbulia

The role of technical vocational education and training (TVET) colleges in South Africa’s just energy transition is expected to be bolstered by a partnership led by the Energy and Water Sector... 


LS Double Helix turbines at the V&A Waterfront in Cape Town
V&A Waterfront pilots ‘aesthetically pleasing’ small-scale wind turbines
3rd June 2024 By: Terence Creamer

Cape Town’s V&A Waterfront is pioneering the integration of small, low-noise vertical-axis wind turbines into its green electricity supply mix, following the installation of four 1-kW units within... 


Wind, solar and battery
DMRE again delays bidding deadlines for procurement of new renewables and battery storage
31st May 2024 By: Terence Creamer

The Department of Mineral Resources and Energy (DMRE) has confirmed another extension to the bid submission deadlines for the current renewables procurement round, as well as the second battery... 


Electricity, logistics reforms in the spotlight as coalition govt looms
Electricity, logistics reforms in the spotlight as coalition govt looms
31st May 2024 By: Creamer Media Reporter

Engineering News editor Terence Creamer discusses the coalition scenarios facing South Africa as the election results are being tallied and what this could mean for the reforms under way in... 


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