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Renewable Energy News

Strong policy needed to grow a green biofuels industry

By: Nadine Ramdass     18th June 2021 To ensure that the South African biofuels industry grows sustainably, World Wide Fund for Nature South Africa (WWF-SA) Bioenergy programme manager Tjaša Bole-Rentel says there needs to be a differentiation at policy level based on each biofuel’s environmental impact. Biofuels have the potential... 

Biofuels framework is inadequate

By: Nadine Ramdass     18th June 2021 Although the biofuels regulatory framework aims to provide guidance and regulation for the industry and its processes, its falling short in several areas could inhibit its growth in an already challenging environment, says Wits Business School African Energy Leadership Centre director Professor... 

LWAZI NGUBEVANA
South Africa’s biofuels growth needs a clear, supportive framework
LWAZI NGUBEVANA South Africa’s biofuels growth needs a clear, supportive framework

Localisation of equipment promotes price stability

By: Nadine Ramdass     18th June 2021 Rand volatility has a big impact on projects that require imported biogas equipment ,however the localisation of some equipment can help the biogas industry gain some stability, says organic waste solutions company Logical Waste director Jason Gifford. It was a good time to import equipment over... 

BIO-PELLETS FUEL IN A BOILER
The right equipment is a key aspect for successful projects
BIO-PELLETS FUEL IN A BOILER The right equipment is a key aspect for successful projects

Association offers value to stakeholders

By: Nadine Ramdass     18th June 2021 Stakeholders in the biofuels and biogas industry can advocate for better legislation and connect with other stakeholders by being active members of associations such as the Southern African Biogas Industry Association (SABIA). The association also makes it possible for stakeholders and interested... 

BIOGAS FACILITY ON FARM
Anaerobic digestion converts hazardous organic waste
BIOGAS FACILITY ON FARM Anaerobic digestion converts hazardous organic waste

Emergency power fiasco compounds South Africa’s energy crisis

By: Bloomberg     17th June 2021 The debacle surrounding South Africa’s bid to secure emergency power supplies has highlighted a dysfunctional energy policy that’s subjecting Africa’s most-industrialised nation to intermittent blackouts. Since March, the energy department has identified companies it wants to provide almost 2 000... 

Emergency power fiasco compounds South Africa’s energy crisis

SAPVIA adds voice of support for 100 MW distributed generation licensing-exemption threshold

By: Simone Liedtke     17th June 2021 The South African Photovoltaic Industry Association (SAPVIA) has added its voice to the growing number of supportive voices following President Cyril Ramaphosa’s announcement that the licensing threshold for embedded generation plants will increase to 100 MW. In welcoming the news, SAPVIA... 

SAPVIA COO Niveshen Govender
SAPVIA COO Niveshen Govender

Emergency power fiasco compounds South Africa’s energy crisis

By: Bloomberg     17th June 2021 The debacle surrounding South Africa’s bid to secure emergency power supplies has highlighted a dysfunctional energy policy that’s subjecting Africa’s most-industrialized nation to intermittent blackouts. Since March, the energy department has identified companies it wants to provide almost 2 000... 

Fourth international WindAc Africa conference to be held in October

By: Simone Liedtke     15th June 2021 The South African Wind Energy Association (SAWEA) will host the fourth international academic wind energy conference – WindAc Africa 2021 – at the South African Renewable Energy Technology Centre’s conference centre, in Cape Town, from October 5 to 7. This academic exchange platform offers a... 

SAWEA CEO Ntombifuthi Ntuli
SAWEA CEO Ntombifuthi Ntuli

Mediclinic signs 12-year solar power purchase agreement 

By: Schalk Burger     15th June 2021 Private healthcare and hospital company Mediclinic on June 15 announced that it had signed a 12-year power purchase agreement (PPA) with sustainable infrastructure investment fund manager Moshesh Partners, to reduce the hospital group's energy costs. Mediclinic, based in South Africa and Namibia,... 

Global stock-taking report points to only modest renewables gains in total final energy consumption 

By: Terence Creamer     15th June 2021 A new international stock-take of the global transition to renewable energy highlights an “alarming gap between targets and actions” with the share of fossil fuels in energy consumption failing to decrease for the tenth consecutive year in 2020, despite a 4% Covid-linked fall in demand. Published... 

Global stock-taking report points to only modest renewables gains in total final energy consumption

Congo picks Australia's Fortescue to develop giant hydro project

By: Reuters     15th June 2021 Democratic Republic of Congo's (DRC's) government said on Tuesday Fortescue Metals Group would develop the Grand Inga hydroelectric power project, including a 4,800-megawatt dam that has already been committed to Chinese and Spanish developers. Australia's Fortescue confirmed earlier on Tuesday... 

Andrew Forrest
Andrew Forrest

Globeleq starts building 19 MW solar plant in Cuamba, Mozambique

By: Marleny Arnoldi     14th June 2021 Independent power producer (IPP) Globeleq, together with State-owned utility Electricidade de Moçambique (EDM) and Source Energia, has started construction of a 19 MW solar photovoltaic plant, in Mozambique. The Cuamba solar plant also has a 2 MW storage system and will contribute to... 

Cuamba solar site, in Mozambique
Cuamba solar site, in Mozambique

Sudan says it is open to conditional interim deal on Ethiopian Renaissance Dam

By: Reuters     14th June 2021 Sudan is open to a partial interim agreement on Ethiopia's multibillion-dollar Renaissance Dam on the Blue Nile, on specific conditions, Irrigation Minister Yasir Abbas told a news conference on Monday. The conditions include the signing-off of everything that has already been agreed on in... 

DNG seeks to interdict winners of South African power tender

By: Bloomberg     14th June 2021 A losing bidder in a South African tender for the provision of 2 000 MW of power is seeking to interdict the winners from completing their agreements. The application to South Africa’s High Court by DNG Energy threatens to halt the provision of electricity needed to ease recurrent outages in... 

Fluor repositions South African unit to support energy transition drive 

By: Terence Creamer     14th June 2021 Global engineering and construction company Fluor, which has been closely associated with South Africa’s liquid fuels and chemicals industries since the 1960s, has restructured its South African operations to align with the unfolding transitions under way in the energy and mining sectors. Fluor... 

Fluor South Africa GM Bill Langenbach
Fluor South Africa GM Bill Langenbach

DTIC says to resolve Atlantis SEZ challenges

By: Schalk Burger     11th June 2021 The Department of Trade, Industry and Competition (DTIC) has committed to resolving the challenges flagged by investors during a site visit to the Atlantis Special Economic Zone (SEZ), in the Western Cape, earlier this week, Deputy Minister Nomalungelo Gina says. Major challenges faced by... 

South Africa on its way to decentralised power system – SAWEA

By: Simone Liedtke     11th June 2021 The South African Wind Energy Association (SAWEA) has welcomed President Cyril Ramaphosa’s announcement that the licensing-exemption threshold for companies to produce their own electricity will be increased from 1 MW to 100 MW. SAWEA says it views this as another indication the country is well... 

Consultancy alters green processes due to Covid 19

By: Claire O'Reilly     11th June 2021 Owing to the Covid-19 lockdown restrictions in South Africa last year, sustainability consultancy Solid Green altered its processes to assist the City of Johannesburg (CoJ) in meeting its net zero carbon goal by 2030, developing an EcoDistrict methodology for the city. 

THE FINAL COUNTDOWN 
The City of Johannesburg’s Green Building Policy awaits finalisation
THE FINAL COUNTDOWN The City of Johannesburg’s Green Building Policy awaits finalisation

Hydrogen company enters collaboration with solar company

11th June 2021 Global hydrogen company Nel Hydrogen Electrolyser, a division of Nel ASA, has entered a collaboration with global provider of comprehensive solar photovoltaic (PV) solutions First Solar to develop integrated PV hydrogen power plants.  

Wood beneficial for the circular economy

By: Claire O'Reilly     11th June 2021 The Graduate School of Technology Management at the University of Pretoria (UP) says policy needs to be developed to ensure wood forms part of the circular economy. 

Pioneers for sustainable urban regeneration

By: Claire O'Reilly     11th June 2021 An urgent shift from traditional market practice towards the ‘green industrial revolution’ is underway, hence specialised commercial property financial services company TUHF’s advocating for the following of green and sustainable building principles in the construction and building industries.  

Ramaphosa moves to tackle growth-sapping electricity crisis by increasing licence-exemption cap on distributed projects to 100 MW  

By: Terence Creamer     10th June 2021 In a surprise move, President Cyril Ramaphosa announced on Thursday that the licence-exemption cap on self- or distributed-generation plants would be raised from 1 MW to 100 MW to help address the country's electricity crisis, which has been weighing down economic growth and confidence for more... 

President Cyril Ramaphosa
President Cyril Ramaphosa

Egypt and Sudan urge Ethiopia to negotiate seriously over giant dam

By: Reuters     10th June 2021 Sudan and Egypt agreed on Wednesday to coordinate efforts to push Ethiopia to negotiate "seriously" on an agreement on filling and operating a giant dam it is building on the Blue Nile, a joint statement said. The two countries, which are downstream from the dam, issued the statement after... 

Women-owned Meadows Energy, G7 Renewable Energies partner for Oya hybrid energy project

By: Simone Liedtke     9th June 2021 Wholly women-owned energy company Meadows Energy has been announced as G7 Renewable Energies’ partner for the Oya hybrid energy project, which straddles the the Western and Northern Cape provinces in South Africa. The 128 MW Oya hybrid facility, which will eventually offer dispatchable renewable... 

Wind industry committed to cooperating with govt to address the current power crisis

By: Simone Liedtke     9th June 2021 The South African Wind Energy Association (SAWEA) has welcomed the call from government to procure additional wind and solar energy from independent power producers (IPPs) to supply, over and above, what is currently allowed under their existing power purchase agreements (PPAs). SAWEA has engaged... 

Wind industry committed to cooperating with govt to address the current power crisis

EU regulations can benefit bioethanol production in South Africa

By: Simone Liedtke     9th June 2021 European Union (EU) regulations that are supportive of bioethanol use will provide an opportunity for South Africa in terms of the production of ethanol fuels through various manufacturing methods. South Africa produces just over 400-million litres of ethanol a year, of which 180-million is used... 

Honouring $100bn/y climate-finance pledge key to catalysing developing country energy transitions  

By: Terence Creamer     9th June 2021 Annual clean energy investment in emerging and developing economies needs to increase by more than seven times, from less than $150-billion in 2020 to over $1-trillion by 2030, if the world is to reach net-zero emissions by 2050, a new report shows. The ‘Financing Clean Energy Transitions in... 

 Honouring $100bn/y climate-finance pledge key to catalysing developing country energy transitions

Wind could produce affordable green hydrogen by 2030, Siemens Gamesa says

By: Reuters     9th June 2021 Wind power could make it possible to produce hydrogen without emitting greenhouse gases as cheaply as is currently feasible with fossil fuel energy by 2030, turbine maker Siemens Gamesa said in a white paper released on Wednesday. Policymakers see green hydrogen, which is made with renewable... 

Global supply chain squeeze, soaring costs threaten solar energy boom

By: Reuters     9th June 2021 lobal solar power developers are slowing down project installations because of a surge in costs for components, labor, and freight as the world economy bounces back from the coronavirus pandemic, according to industry executives and analysts interviewed by Reuters. The situation suggests slower... 

Presidency backs hydrogen strategy, as new report confirms viability of ramp-up to 3.8mt/y by 2050 

By: Terence Creamer     8th June 2021 Green hydrogen has been identified by The Presidency as the first of five ‘Big Frontier’ strategic investment opportunities and will be directly involved in the finalisation of a much-anticipated ‘Hydrogen Strategy and Investor Roadmap’ Infrastructure & Investment Office head, Dr Kgosientso... 

The Presidency's Infrastructure & Investment Office head, Dr Kgosientso Ramokgopa
The Presidency's Infrastructure & Investment Office head, Dr Kgosientso Ramokgopa

Gas a bridge for South Africa to become a low-carbon economy

By: Simone Liedtke     8th June 2021 South Africa will need to use gas as a “very solid bridge” to ensure a just and inclusive transition to a low-carbon economy, University of the Witwatersrand (Wits) Business School professor Maurice Radebe has said. The feedstock's acting as a bridge, he explained during a presentation at the... 

Renewable energy organisations to host second series of business development webinars

By: Donna Slater     8th June 2021 Following a successful webinar series on business opportunities in the renewable energy sector in 2020, a second series started in May this year in collaboration between the South Africa Wind Energy Association (SAWEA) and the South African Photovoltaic Industry Association (SAPVIA). The 2020... 

CapeNature takes Cederberg office off-grid

By: Marleny Arnoldi     8th June 2021 Biodiversity conservation organisation CapeNature is installing a 75 kW solar photovoltaic system at its offices in Algeria, in the Cederberg region of South Africa’s Western Cape. The Cederberg wilderness is three hours outside of Cape Town and the organisation strives to continuously improve... 

Solar plant at CapeNature offices, in Cederberg
Solar plant at CapeNature offices, in Cederberg

EU’s Green Deal will have wide-ranging impact on SA exports, cautions Van Zyl  

By: Irma Venter     8th June 2021 Europe’s Green Deal is not just a vision or an idea, but a well-funded policy that is being implemented, and that is set to have a wide-ranging impact on South African exports, says Toyota South Africa Motors (TSAM) executive chairperson Dr Johan van Zyl. Van Zyl stepped down earlier this year as... 

Johan Van Zyl
Johan Van Zyl

Masterplan to position South Africa as ‘globally significant’ renewables manufacturer 

By: Terence Creamer     8th June 2021 Department of Mineral Resources and Energy director-general Advocate Thabo Mokoena reports that government intends using the South African Renewable Energy Masterplan (SAREM), which is currently being drafted, to position the country as a “globally significant” producer of inputs used in... 

Masterplan to position South Africa as ‘globally significant’ renewables manufacturer

South Africans to remain focused on delivering Economic Reconstruction and Recovery Plan

By: Simone Liedtke     7th June 2021 With economic growth fundamental to a brighter future for South Africa, Busines Leadership South Africa (BLSA) CEO Busi Mavuso suggests it is the “only way to turn the trajectory of government’s fiscal position as it will boost earnings” and, therefore, tax collection and start to get debt under... 

South Africans to remain focused on delivering Economic Reconstruction and Recovery Plan

Eswatini highlights considerable strides in renewable energy development

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     4th June 2021 eSwatini has added two more solar photovoltaic (PV) plants to its sustainable energy portfolio, as another of its projects – the Lavumisa 10 MW solar PV plant – nears completion. In a statement, the Ministry of Natural Resources and Energy acclaimed that eSwatini has made considerable strides in... 

Peter Bhembe
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