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Renewable Energy News

Wind and solar bodies urge Minister to urgently publish determinations needed to kick-start power procurement 

By: Terence Creamer     28th January 2020 The heads of South Africa’s wind and solar industry bodies urged Mineral Resources and Energy Minister Gwede Mantashe on Tuesday to publish, without delay, the Ministerial determinations required to unlock the procurement of much-needed electricity capacity in line with the Integrated Resource... 

De Ruyter says getting independents onto power grid will be costly

By: Bloomberg     28th January 2020 Andre de Ruyter, Eskom Holdings’ CEO, said that while he favours letting companies generate their own power there will be significant initial costs if they are to sell their excess generation into the South African grid. Frustrated by regular power cuts, mining and industrial companies have been... 

Opinion: Amazing SA inventions of 2019

By: Martin Zhuwakinyu     27th January 2020 South Africans are an innovative lot. Much of the world knows about Chris Barnard, the surgeon who performed the world’s first heart transplant in 1967, but many other citizens of this great nation who introduced a multiplicity of amazing innovations in various fields remain below the radar.... 

Opinion: Amazing SA inventions of 2019

EV pilot programme can help Rwanda go green

By: Cameron Mackay     24th January 2020 Electric mobility through electric vehicles (EVs) in Rwanda can help the country in its efforts to go green, says Volkswagen South Africa (VWSA) CEO Thomas Schäfer.  This comes after Volkswagen launched a pilot project in the country in October last year, where it introduced its first EV in Africa. 

EV pilot programme can help Rwanda go green
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THOMAS SCHÄFER Africa will develop in many ways with cooperation. We need to learn to work together across the continent, find shared value, and ways of collaborating

Wind sector calls for IRP 2019 to be implemented

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     23rd January 2020 The South African Wind Energy Association (SAWEA) says the wind industry supports government’s plans to reconsider how energy is supplied in South Africa, so that the electricity generation system can evolve and adapt to fit the country’s rising energy demand. However, it asserts that the... 

SAB, AB InBev ahead of renewable energy target for 2020 

23rd January 2020 AB InBev and SAB procurement and sustainability VP Taryn Rosekilly started off by giving Engineering News and Mining Weekly a bit of insight into the company’s plans for 2020 in the lead up to its renewable energy goal. 

SAB, AB InBev ahead of renewable energy target for 2020
SAB, AB InBev ahead of renewable energy target for 2020

‘Significantly enhanced' shareholder scrutiny to be expected, Eskom’s De Ruyter says

By: Terence Creamer     22nd January 2020 Eskom’s new CEO is not overly troubled by the prospect of shareholder intrusion in the State-owned electricity utility, saying that a high level of shareholder scrutiny is to be expected given the current crisis at the organisation. The only way to ensure that the shareholder does not assert its... 

‘Significantly enhanced' shareholder scrutiny to be expected, Eskom’s De Ruyter says
Eskom CEO Andre de Ruyter

Spain's ACS withdraws from Inga 3 hydro project in Congo

By: Reuters     22nd January 2020 Spain's ACS is withdrawing from the multibillion-dollar Inga 3 hydroelectric project in the Democratic Republic of Congo, the company said on Tuesday, dealing a further setback to plans to develop Africa's largest hydro plant. A consortium led by Actividades de Construccion y Servicios signed a... 

Urgent decisions needed to address substantially worsening electricity outlook, CSIR warns

By: Terence Creamer     21st January 2020 Several critical policy and regulatory decisions are required by the end of the first quarter of 2020 at the latest if South Africa has any hope of closing what the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) is now forecasting will be a growing gap between electricity supply and demand... 

Urgent decisions needed to address substantially worsening electricity outlook, CSIR warns
Dr Jarrad Wright

Children across South Africa learn about renewables in vernacular

By: Simone Liedtke     21st January 2020 English, Afrikaans, Xhosa and Setswana speaking children across South Africa are learning about the role that wind power is playing as the world transitions to renewable power for a cleaner, healthier planet through a beautifully illustrated story book, named Let the Wind Blow. The South African... 

Children across South Africa learn about renewables in vernacular

World risks 'disaster' as reuse of natural resources declines

By: Reuters     21st January 2020 The proportion of raw materials the world is reusing has fallen, researchers said on Tuesday, warning of a "global disaster" as annual consumption of natural resources rose to 100-billion tonnes for the first time. Just 8.6% of the 100-billion tonnes of materials – including minerals, metals,... 

Local lithium-ion battery plant to open its doors this year 

By: Irma Venter     20th January 2020 The Megamillion Energy Company intends to be Africa’s first large-scale producer of lithium-ion batteries, with a mandate to make batteries “in Africa, for Africa’s benefit first”. Megamillion aims to have Africa’s first lithium-ion battery production pilot plant up and running in the second half... 

Local lithium-ion battery plant to open its doors this year
Nechan Naicker

Editorial Insight: Time to act

By: Terence Creamer     17th January 2020 The return of load-shedding, together with what is a truly dire prognosis for system stability, should surely have been the wake-up call government required to finally begin implementing its very own Integrated Resource Plan 2019 (IRP 2019). Instead, the only indication that the Department of... 

Editorial Insight: Time to act

Despite IRP gaps, the outlook for solar in SA has strengthened  

By: Terence Creamer     17th January 2020 One of the first questions posed to Mineral Resources and Energy Minister Gwede Mantashe after Cabinet finally approved the 2019 edition of the Integrated Resource Plan (IRP 2019) in October related to the ongoing capacity addition gaps for solar photovoltaic (PV). While the IRP 2019 envisages... 

Despite IRP gaps, the outlook for solar in SA has strengthened

Despite IRP gaps, the outlook for solar in SA has strengthened

By: Terence Creamer     17th January 2020 One of the first questions posed to Mineral Resources and Energy Minister Gwede Mantashe after Cabinet finally approved the 2019 edition of the Integrated Resource Plan (IRP 2019) in October related to the ongoing capacity addition gaps for solar photovoltaic (PV). While the IRP 2019 envisages... 

Despite IRP gaps, the outlook for solar in SA has strengthened

Malawi seeking a strategic investor for 350 MW hydropower plant

By: Marcel Chimwala     17th January 2020 The Malawi Government is seeking a strategic investor to develop the 350 MW Mpatamanga Hydro Power Plant on the Shire River, which is estimated to cost US$472-million.   

Company provides rooftop PV systems in S Africa

17th January 2020 Rooftop photovoltaic (PV) systems are extremely exposed and therefore especially vulnerable to damage caused by the direct and indirect results of lightning strikes. Since the PV system is directly connected to the electrical installation of the building, lightning strikes can have severe... 

Investment value of solar water heating increasing

By: Khutso Maphatsoe     17th January 2020 With the cost of electricity increasing, solar water heating systems manufacturer Uber Solar MD James Green says such systems for geysers are a good long-term investment for commercial use. “The payback on water heating conversions of geysers to solar is between 20 months to three years. With a... 

Solar streetlights cater for lighting requirements

17th January 2020 Lighting manufacturer BEKA Schréder’s locally designed and manufactured solar street lights for outdoor residential and public applications provide a full customisable option to suit all off-grid solar lighting requirements. BEKA Schréder marketing manager Grant Combrink says the BEKA Solar,... 

Solar streetlights cater for lighting requirements
LIGHTEN UP The photovoltaic process is optimized by efficient polycrystalline solar module technology to maximise solar energy

Additional development zones for wind and solar PV

17th January 2020 The second phase of the Strategic Environmental Assessment (SEA) for wind and solar photovoltaic (PV) energy in South Africa proposes three additional Renewable Energy Development Zones (REDZs) for wind and solar photovoltaic energy projects.  The REDZs support the responsible implementation of... 

Solar viable amid power outages

17th January 2020 Power outages and policy uncertainty remain a continued threat to business and economic growth, and it remains to be seen how new State-owned power utility Eskom CEO Andre de Ruyter can work with the government to stabilise the energy provider. One thing is certain, power will not be getting any... 

SAB, AB InBev ahead of renewable energy target for 2020 

By: Simone Liedtke     16th January 2020 Beer maker South African Breweries (SAB) and its parent company AB InBev Africa have announced that its breweries across South Africa will have on site solar facilities by the end of this month. This forms part of a multibillion-rand investment to ensure 100% of electricity requirements at AB... 

SAB, AB InBev ahead of renewable energy target for 2020

Ramaphosa proclaims 'new era' of self-generation 

16th January 2020 Creamer Media’s Chanel de Bruyn speaks to Engineering News Editor Terence Creamer about Business Unity South Africa’s statements to President Cyril Ramaphosa that inadequate electricity supply is the biggest risk for businesses and the South African economy and the President’s commitment to... 

Ramaphosa proclaims 'new era' of self-generation
Ramaphosa proclaims 'new era' of self-generation

Egypt, Ethiopia, Sudan agree to US-brokered deal over Nile dam

By: Bloomberg     16th January 2020 Egypt, Ethiopia and Sudan said they reached an agreement on the operation of a giant dam on a Nile tributary, a sign of easing tensions in the region. The countries issued a joint statement along with the US and World Bank, which had participated as observers at meetings in Washington this week.... 

UK pledges new aid to help build green cities across Africa

By: African News Agency      15th January 2020 The United Kingdom has pledged new aid towards building green cities across Africa with quality infrastructure to help the continent reach its economic potential. The announcement from the UK Department for International Development (DFID) came as its secretary Alok Sharma visited Kenya ahead of... 

Zimbabwe power utility in talks with Afreximbank on debt plan

By: Bloomberg     13th January 2020 Zimbabwe’s State electricity utility is in talks with the African Export–Import Bank to help clear $70-million of arrears it owes power producers in neighbouring South Africa and Mozambique. Zesa Holdings needs to repay the debt to avoid having supplies shut off. Zimbabwe relies on imports... 

Zimbabwe power utility in talks with Afreximbank on debt plan

Sawep seeking wind turbine suppliers for Eastern Cape minigrid

By: Marleny Arnoldi     13th January 2020 The Department of Mineral Resources and Energy and the South Africa National Energy Development Institute, through the South African Wind Energy Programme (Sawep), have invited proposals for work on a minigrid in the Raymond Mhlaba local municipality, in the Eastern Cape. The Eastern Cape... 

Renewables’ share in global power should more than double by 2030

By: Simone Liedtke     13th January 2020 The share of renewables in global power should more than double by 2030 to advance the global energy transformation, achieve sustainable development goals and create a pathway to climate safety, the International Renewable Energy Agency (Irena) says. Renewable electricity should supply 57% of... 

Ethiopia seeks mediation over Nile dam deadlock with Egypt

By: Bloomberg     13th January 2020 Ethiopia’s Prime Minister asked South Africa’s President to intervene in the Nile dam deadlock between Egypt and his country. The three countries and neighboring Sudan are being hosted by the US Treasury for negotiations in Washington on Monday. 

Enel Green Power breaks wind, solar installation record

By: Marleny Arnoldi     10th January 2020 Renewable energy developer Enel Green Power (EGP) set a new record in 2019 by building about 3 029 MW of new renewables capacity globally. This new capacity was set to generate around 9.3 TWh/y, avoiding the emission of 5.85-million tons of carbon dioxide a year into the atmosphere, contributing... 

South Africa has huge 'green fuels' potential. But it needs to act now

10th January 2020 In this opinion piece, first published in The Conversation, professors David Walwyn and Rod Crompton make the case for South Africa to pay greater research and development attention to the production of green hydrogen using a combination of wind and solar power and electrolysers. In addition,... 

South Africa has huge 'green fuels' potential. But it needs to act now

Ethiopia warns of last chance to reach agreement on $5bn dam

By: African News Agency      10th January 2020 Ethiopia has warned of a “last chance” to reach an agreement on the filling and operation of the $5-billion dam being built by Addis Ababa (the country’s commercial and cultural hub) on the Nile.  According to Anadolu Agency (AA), Ethiopia, Egypt and Sudan have been in talks on the Grand... 

Saudi Arabia launches third round of renewables procurement programme

By: Simone Liedtke     9th January 2020 The Renewable Energy Project Development Office (Repdo) of Saudi Arabia’s Ministry of Energy has issued a request for qualifications (RFQ) for round three of the Kingdom’s National Renewable Energy Program (NREP), which comprises four solar photovoltaic (PV) projects with a combined generation... 

Clarity on emergency procurement of 3 000 MW expected only by end Feb  

By: Terence Creamer     8th January 2020 Hundreds of potential respondents to a request for information (RFI) – issued in December by the Department of Mineral Resources and Energy (DMRE) for supply and demand solutions to South Africa’s prevailing power deficit – descended on Centurion on Wednesday for a briefing ahead of the... 

Clarity on emergency procurement of 3 000 MW expected only by end Feb

BMW, ACSA launch EV charging stations at three airports 

8th January 2020 In an effort to push the boundaries of innovation through partnerships, and to improve the customer experience, Airports Company South Africa and BMW South Africa have launched BMW ChargeNow electric vehicle charging stations at OR Tambo International Airport, Cape Town International Airport and... 

BMW, ACSA launch EV charging stations at three airports
BMW, ACSA launch EV charging stations at three airports

Solar installations to continue growing at double-digit rates – IHS

By: Simone Liedtke     8th January 2020 Global solar installations will continue double-digit growth rates into the new decade, global information provider IHS Markit reports in its ‘2020 Global Photovoltaic (PV) Demand Forecast’. IHS estimates new yearly installations to increase by 14% year-on-year to 142 GW this year. 

Key Ramaphosa ally hinders efforts to tackle power supply crisis 

By: Bloomberg     8th January 2020 South Africa has been hit by rolling power cuts less than a month after President Cyril Ramaphosa gave renewed assurances that energy constraints were being addressed, making his pledges ring hollow and highlighting his administration’s inability to tackle the crisis. While Eskom Holdings, the... 

Key Ramaphosa ally hinders efforts to tackle power supply crisis
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