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Renewable Energy News

Ivanhoe, DRC utility partner to deliver hydropower for Kamoa mine

By: Creamer Media Reporter      17th May 2021 To support the continued successful performance of the Kamoa mining complex, Ivanhoe Mines Energy DRC, a sister company of Kamoa Copper, has announced the signing of a memorandum of understanding to establish a public-private partnership (PPP) with the Democratic Republic of the Congo's (DRC’s)... 

Solar minibuses for Africa? Data seen as key to green transport switch

By: Reuters     14th May 2021 As emissions from African transport surge, governments need to find ways to encourage a shift to cleaner, healthier electric vehicles, especially among the minibus and motorcycle taxis that dominate transport in many cities, researchers said on Thursday. Investment in generating more... 

Sungrow, partners to build Malawi's first solar-plus-storage project

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     13th May 2021 Solar photovoltaic (PV) and energy storage systems (ESS) solutions supplier Sungrow has partnered with JCM Power, InfraCo Africa, RINA and Innovate to build Malawi's first utility-scale solar-plus-storage project. Located in the Dedza district of Malawi, near the town of Golomoti, the 20 MW solar... 

‘New normal’ of elevated renewables deployments outlined in new market update 

By: Terence Creamer     11th May 2021 The International Energy Agency (IEA) has revised upwards, by 25%, its forecasts for renewable-energy capacity additions for 2021 and 2022 relative to those published in November, arguing that the platform is now in place for a “new normal” of elevated levels of yearly deployments. In its... 

‘New normal’ of elevated renewables deployments outlined in new market update

Redstone CSP reaches financial close, to start commercial operations in late 2023  

By: Schalk Burger     10th May 2021 Saudi energy generation and desalination company Acwa Power says construction has started on the 100 MW Redstone concentrated solar power (CSP) project after achieving financial close on the R11.6-billion project. Acwa, which is the lead shareholder in Redstone expects commercial operations to... 

Redstone CSP reaches financial close, to start commercial operations in late 2023

Windaba to return to Cape Town convention centre this year

By: Marleny Arnoldi     10th May 2021 The South African Wind Energy Association (SAWEA) has unveiled the theme for this year’s Windaba conference, ‘Renaissance of the Wind Energy Industry - Delivering Economic Benefits for South Africa’ . The two-day event, which returns to the Cape Town International Convention Centre following a... 

‘Right policy changes’ could ignite R150bn in electricity investment by private firms  

By: Terence Creamer     10th May 2021 Business Leadership South Africa, which is made up of some of South Africa's largest domestic and multinational companies, estimates that private firms would move to invest billions in new power generation capacity in the near term should the rules governing embedded or distributed plants be... 

 ‘Right policy changes’ could ignite R150bn in electricity investment by private firms

Mergence gains majority ownership of Ejuva solar plants

By: Schalk Burger     7th May 2021 Asset manager Mergence has increased its shareholding of the two Ejuva renewable energy projects, in Gobabis, Namibia, from 17% to a majority stake of 66%. It acquired the 49% interest previously held by co-developer and initial part-financier energy engineering company CIGenCo. 

Project focuses on guidelines for SMEs

By: Anna Moross     7th May 2021 With the second phase of the Industrial Energy Efficiency (IEE) project ending in December this year, National Cleaner Production Centre South Africa (NCPC-SA) IEE project leader Sashay Ramdharee says that, for the remainder of the year, the project will focus on developing sector-specific energy... 

SASHAY RAMDHAREE
The focus of the IEE project will be on providing these guidelines for SMEs in the commercial buildings, automotive, metal casting and agricultural processing industries
SASHAY RAMDHAREE The focus of the IEE project will be on providing these guidelines for SMEs in the commercial buildings, automotive, metal casting and agricultural processing industries

Long delay in dividend flows to renewables-linked community trusts impeding effectiveness 

By: Terence Creamer     6th May 2021 The long lag between the establishment of community trusts that own a portion of the independent power producer (IPP) projects procured through South Africa’s renewables procurement programme and the flow of dividend income into these trusts has been identified in a new research report as a major... 

Long delay in dividend flows to renewables-linked community trusts impeding effectiveness

IFC, Absa partner on green loan for energy projects

By: Schalk Burger     6th May 2021 International financial institution the International Finance Corporation (IFC) has provided financial services group Absa with a loan of up to $150-million to support the bank’s strategy to expand its climate finance business and help South Africa meet its greenhouse-gas (GHG) reduction targets.... 

Indebted Eskom balks at power deal offered by Turkish generator

By: Bloomberg     6th May 2021 Eskom Holdings, South Africa’s State power utility, doesn’t want to buy electricity from the company that won most of a government emergency-power tender because it’s concerned about the cost and length of the contract, according to two people familiar with the situation. Meeting the terms of... 

Successful localisation programme requires consistent renewables procurement pipeline

By: Schalk Burger     6th May 2021 To achieve a successful localisation programme with incremental local content thresholds as part of the Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer Procurement Programme (REIPPPP), a consistent procurement pipeline needs be established, says industry association South Africa Wind Energy... 

Minerals Council encourages distributed generation for mining industry 

By: Simone Liedtke     5th May 2021 The Minerals Council South Africa is encouraging the uptake of distributed generation (also called self-generation) of power in South Africa, especially considering that South Africa is facing an electricity supply gap. The impact of this is “huge”, Minerals Council CEO Roger Baxter told... 

Minerals Council CEO Roger Baxter
Minerals Council CEO Roger Baxter

Ministerial determination sanctioning private power procurement would spur investment, clear regulatory blockages  

By: Terence Creamer     5th May 2021 The chairperson of the South African Independent Power Producer Association (SAIPPA) believes that the quickest and cheapest way to reduce, or eliminate, South Africa’s growth-sapping risk of load-shedding would be for Mineral Resources and Energy Minister Gwede Mantashe to issue a Ministerial... 

Ministerial determination sanctioning private power procurement would spur investment, clear regulatory blockages

Programme launched to build green skills, enterprise development

By: Schalk Burger     5th May 2021 A solar photovoltaic (PV) green skills, enterprise development and sustainability research programme was launched on May 4 with the aim to upskill 900 youth, women and entrepreneurs over the next three years. The programme is aimed at ensuring the participation of the youth, women and... 

Energy specialist encourages mines to consider hybrid energy systems

By: Simone Liedtke     5th May 2021 Electrical energy solutions provider Senergy energy specialist Wilco de Villiers has encouraged miners to consider the value of implementing hybrid energy systems at their operations, as mines cannot function effectively without reliable energy supply. Speaking during this year’s Energy & Mines... 

IEA report outlines urgent need to accelerate investment in critical minerals needed to drive energy transitions 

By: Terence Creamer     5th May 2021 A new International Energy Agency (IEA) report is warning of a potential supply deficit for some of the ‘critical minerals’ needed to support a global shift in the energy system that is aligned with the Paris Climate Agreement, as well as the growing number of country commitments to cutting... 

IEA report outlines urgent need to accelerate investment in critical minerals needed to drive energy transitions

African miners note benefits of investing in renewables   

By: Marleny Arnoldi     4th May 2021 The mounting pressure by governments and investors on industries globally to reduce emissions, coupled with favourable economics and the need for reliable and cost efficient power, are increasingly nudging mining companies towards considering renewable energy. TSX- and LSE-listed gold miner... 

African miners note benefits of investing in renewables
Centamin CEO Martin Horgan discusses why miners operating in Africa need to consider renewables to power their operations. (Video: Kutlwano Matlala; Editing: Nicholas Boyd)

BioTherm connects another wind farm to national grid

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     4th May 2021 Pan-African renewable energy project developer BioTherm Energy’s 120 MW Golden Valley Wind Energy Facility, in the Eastern Cape, has become the latest wind farm to be connected to the national grid. “We are pleased to announce the successful commissioning of all 48 wind turbine generators as the... 

Golden Valley Wind Energy Facility
Golden Valley Wind Energy Facility

Appetite for renewables remains strong, despite economic uncertainties

By: Simone Liedtke     4th May 2021 Despite ongoing economic uncertainties globally, investor appetite for renewables remains strong, with optioned renewable capacity increasing by 15% year-on-year in the nine months from January through to October 2020, compared with the same period the previous year. This sets a new record, juwi... 

EPC contracts for Sukari solar project awarded

By: Simone Liedtke     4th May 2021 Gold miner Centamin has awarded engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) contracts for its 36 MW solar farm and 7.5 MW battery-energy storage system at the Sukari gold mine, in Egypt, to renewable energy specialist juwi Renewables and systems integrator company Giza Systems. juwi has been... 

The Sukari mine site, in Egypt
The Sukari mine site, in Egypt

French financier pledges support for Eskom’s ‘just energy transition’ strategy

By: Terence Creamer     3rd May 2021 South Africa’s electricity utility Eskom signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with development financier Agence Française de Développement (AFD) on Monday that includes a specific objective of creating a framework for cooperation and collaboration on Eskom’s evolving ‘just energy... 

The Komati power station
The Komati power station

Climate commission to build on existing body of work as it finalises South Africa’s ‘just transition’ framework 

By: Terence Creamer     30th April 2021 The Presidential Climate Change Coordinating Commission (PCCCC), which held its second meeting on Friday, intends building on the work already done by the National Planning Commission (NPC) as it seeks to finalise a national ‘just transition framework’ for South Africa’s shift to a climate... 

Commission deputy chairperson Valli Moosa
Photo by Creamer Media
Commission deputy chairperson Valli Moosa

EIUG welcomes zinc miner as a member

By: Schalk Burger     30th April 2021 Nonprofit association the Energy Intensive User Group (EIUG) on April 30 said its new member Namibian and South African zinc mining company Black Mountain Mining (BMM) will strengthen the association and diversify its portfolio through the addition of the zinc industry. The EIUG is committed to... 

South Africa's energy transition  

30th April 2021 Creamer Media's Chanel de Bruyn speaks to Engineering News Editor Terence Creamer about more signs that the energy transition is starting to have a real impact in South Africa with Engen's planned refinery closure, moves by the eThekwini municipality to buy electricity from independent power... 

South Africa's energy transition
South Africa's energy transition

Big potential for offshore energy

30th April 2021 The South African Wind Energy Association (SAWEA) has come out in support of feasibility studies into offshore wind energy, saying this could solve South Africa’s energy woes. 

OFFSHORE WIND FARMS 
Offshore wind power, or offshore wind energy, is the use of wind farms constructed in bodies of water, usually in the ocean, to harvest wind energy to generate electricity
OFFSHORE WIND FARMS Offshore wind power, or offshore wind energy, is the use of wind farms constructed in bodies of water, usually in the ocean, to harvest wind energy to generate electricity

Hydrogen companies enter green economy MoU

By: Claire O'Reilly     30th April 2021 Green hydrogen technology company Nel Hydrogen has entered into a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with global chemicals and refining industry catalysts, technology, and services supplier Haldor Topsoe. 

M4000 NEL WATER ELECTROLYSER

The ideal generator for producing green hydrogen at scale for the production of green ammonia
M4000 NEL WATER ELECTROLYSER The ideal generator for producing green hydrogen at scale for the production of green ammonia

eThekwini aiming to conclude first IPP contract in 2022 as city mulls hydrogen role 

By: Terence Creamer     29th April 2021 The eThekwini metropolitan municipality, in KwaZulu-Natal, is aiming to sign its first independent power producer (IPP) contract next year following the publication of the eThekwini Integrated Resource Plan (EIRP) in 2020, which it described as the first IRP for a local government in South... 

eThekwini aiming to conclude first IPP contract in 2022 as city mulls hydrogen role

Closing IRP’s solar procurement gaps would unlock more jobs – new report 

By: Terence Creamer     28th April 2021 South Africa’s emerging solar photovoltaic (PV) value chain has significant potential to create employment over the current decade as utility scale and small-scale embedded generation (SSEG) capacity is added in response to the country’s Integrated Resource Plan of 2019 (IRP 2019) and moves by... 

Closing IRP’s solar procurement gaps would unlock more jobs – new report

Tlou to start Lesedi Phase 1, receives EIS approval for Boomslang

By: Schalk Burger     26th April 2021 Southern African energy development company Tlou Energy said that, following a recent capital raising, it has the necessary funds in place to start construction on the transmission line for its Lesedi project. It added that the Botswana Department of Environmental Affairs had approved the... 

Ramaphosa emphasises need for action to address climate change challenges 

By: Simone Liedtke     26th April 2021 In the ramp-up to the next international climate conference, to be held in Scotland in November, President Cyril Ramaphosa has shared the sentiments of the international community in that the world needs to “dramatically scale up its efforts, raise its level of ambition and support developing... 

Ramaphosa emphasises need for action to address climate change challenges

Largest Egypt solar project Kom Ombo receives $114m funding

By: Schalk Burger     23rd April 2021 Energy generation and desalination company Acwa Power has secured a $114-million financing package for the construction of the largest private solar power plant in Egypt. The Kom Ombo plant will contribute to the Egyptian government’s target to generate 42% of the country’s electricity from... 

Concerns about RMIPPPP  

23rd April 2021 Creamer Media's Chanel de Bruyn speaks to Engineering News Editor Terence Creamer about concerns raised about the architecture of the Risk Mitigation Independent Power Producer Procurement Programme (RMIPPPP) and the powership projects that have been selected as preferred bidders under the... 

Concerns about RMIPPPP
Concerns about RMIPPPP

Globeleq-Sturdee consortium selected as preferred bidder for eSwatini solar PV projects

By: Schalk Burger     22nd April 2021 Independent power generation company Globeleq and renewable energy independent power producer (IPP) Sturdee Energy Southern Africa have been awarded preferred bidder status for two 15 MW projects in the first tranche eSwatini’s procurement programme for new renewable generation capacity. Globeleq... 

Nedbank makes pioneering ‘zero fossil-fuel exposure by 2045’ pledge 

By: Terence Creamer     22nd April 2021 South Africa’s Nedbank Group released an ambitious new energy policy on April 22, containing a commitment to reduce its exposure to all fossil fuels to zero by 2045, as well as a pledge to halt all new thermal coal-mine financing by January 1, 2025. Simultaneously, Nedbank said it would scale up... 

Nedbank makes pioneering ‘zero fossil-fuel exposure by 2045’ pledge

WEF says sustained incremental progress, resilience important for energy transition

By: Schalk Burger     21st April 2021 As countries continue their progress in transitioning to clean energy, global economic body the World Economic Forum (WEF) says it is critical over the next decade to root the transition in economic, political and social practices to ensure progress is irreversible. The energy transition requires... 

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