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Renewable Energy News

Rural area renewable energy implementation hampered by negative

By: Esmarie Iannucci     27th July 2007 A current year-long project, run by the sustainable energy futures (SEF) research group of the natural resources and the environment unit of the council for science and industrial research (CSIR), to investigate the implementation of integrated energy systems in rural areas, has determined that... 

Banking on renewables

By: Esmarie Iannucci     27th July 2007 Commercial financier Nedbank is currently investigating the possibility of investing in several hydroelectricity projects around the African continent. 'One of the projects we are exploring makes use of minihydro units, and electricity is sold on a prepaid system. Since the river is located... 

Sustain 2007 goes green

27th July 2007 Independent power producer Amatola will be providing the green power to the inaugural Sustain 2007 exhibition, which will showcase technologies, products, and services that can play a role in protecting the environment, while reducing energy consumption and supporting sustainable economic... 

Cape project fells greenhouse gases from wood waste

By: Esmarie Iannucci     27th July 2007 The Central Energy Fund (CEF) in association with black economic-empowerment partner Carbon and Environmental Options (C&EO), has launched a special-purpose vehicle to produce electricity from wood waste, in the Southern Cape. The CCE Energy Solutions project construction is set to take place... 

Darling set for November spin-off

By: Esmarie Iannucci     27th July 2007 With the construction of the Darling wind farm well under way, Darling Wind Power CEO Hermann Oelsner says the erection of the first four turbines is expected to take place during October, with operation of the turbines set to begin on November 1, 2007. 

Eskom registers prospective suppliers for 100MW wind farm

By: Mariaan Webb     18th July 2007 State-owned power utility Eskom said it was in the process of identifying and registering wind turbine manufacturers to supply it with turbines for a 100 MW wind farm project. 

Bob Geldof gets behind African green energy drive

By: Helene Le Roux     11th July 2007 Singer, songwriter and activist Bob Geldof has joined the campaign to promote green energy in Africa. Geldof has joined biomass company Helius, which is listed on London's Alternative Investment Market (AIM), as a special adviser. The company is currently in discussion with Eskom to supply... 

Are South Africa's built-environment professionals embracing green building practices?

By: Christy van der Merwe     6th July 2007 With ever-increasing global emphasis on the need for climate-change mitigation, South African built-environment professionals are beginning to take seriously the ambition to lessen the carbon footprint associated with buildings and residences, especially by using design and technological... 

Joined-up government approach to energy ‘challenges’

By: Christy van der Merwe     6th July 2007 n order to monitor and provide strategic guidance on energy issues in South Africa, the directors-general of the Department of Minerals and Energy (DME) and the Department of Public Enterprises (DPE) have created a forum, drawing in executives from both departments, as well as Eskom, the National... 

E Cape to roll out renewable energy projects

By: Helene Le Roux     27th June 2007 The Nelson Mandela Bay Metropolitan Municipality (NMBMM), which includes the city of Port Elizabeth, in the Eastern Cape, has launched an integrated programme of renewable energy projects, in a bid to counter electricity shortages in the region. 

Policy gaps impeding development of renewable energy sector

By: Olivia Soraya Spadavecchia     22nd June 2007 Policy governing how the target of 10 000 GWh of electricity from renewable energy (RE) sources by 2013 will be attained has not yet been finalised and many participants in the RE sector are seeking clarity. 

Consultants appointed to study feed-in tariff structure

By: Olivia Soraya Spadavecchia     22nd June 2007 The National Energy Regulator of South Africa (Nersa) is playing its part in developing the sector through the creation of a framework for a feed-in tariff for the grid. 

10 SA CDM projects approved - DME

By: Nelendhre Moodley     15th June 2007 Ten CDM projects from entities in South Africa have been approved by the global CDM body, a government official announced on Friday. 

Local green-energy firm aims to build 800 wind turbines in 5 years

By: Mariaan Webb     7th June 2007 Independent power company Palm Power System, a subsidiary of Okhela Renewable Energy Corporation (Orec), will start manufacturing 300-kV wind turbines in January, CEO Jacob Mabena said on Thursday. Orec, which is also pursuing opportunities in hydro, wind, solar, biomass, biofuels and wave... 

Carbon market tripled in 2006 - World Bank

By: Reuters     2nd May 2007 The global carbon market last year tripled to $30-billion from $11-billion in 2005, the World Bank's carbon finance unit said on Wednesday. 

'SA's regulatory, incentive structures stunt renewable-energy growth'

By: Mariaan Webb     25th April 2007 The attractiveness of renewable energy in South Africa would become increasingly significant, but regulatory environment and incentives structures would have to change to facilitate more growth, an industry analyst said on Wednesday. 

Methane-extraction project could power up Great Lakes region

By: Nelendhre Moodley     24th April 2007 A landmark gas-extraction project will be rolled out later this year, which aims to produce cheap power by economically and profitably extracting methane from Lake Kivu, which lies between Rwanda and the DRC. 

Initial site evaluation completed for SA wave-energy project

By: Mariaan Webb     19th April 2007 Wind and wave technology developer Finavera Renewables has completed the initial site evaluation and selection process for its planned 20-MW wave-energy project in South Africa, which is estimated to cost $40-million (around R281,6-million). CEO Jason Bak said on Thursday that the site selection,... 

Botswana may build solar-geothermal power plant

By: Matthew Hill     2nd April 2007 The Botswana government has called for companies to tender for the provision of consultancy services to conduct a prefeasibility study for the construction of a solar geothermal power plant in the country. 

Top economist believes economies can still grow while taking responsibility for climate change

By: Terence Creamer     30th March 2007 Renowned UK economist Sir Nicholas Stern, author of the now famed ‘Stern Review: The Economics of Climate Change’, believes adaptive and mitigation action to stem the flow of carbon-dioxide emissions, viewed by most scientists as the cause of global warming, is not only urgent, but also not... 

World Bank, eThekwini launch landmark clean-power project

By: Matthew Hill     20th March 2007 The eThekwini Municipality and the World Bank on Tuesday launched the Durban Landfill Gas to Electricity Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) project, which was the first Kyoto Protocol CDM project of its kind in Africa. 

Solar water-heating intervention aims to reduce power consumption

By: Helene Le Roux     16th March 2007 In the midst of South Africa�€™s growing demand for electricity, the State-owned Central Energy Fund (CEF), the Department of Science and Technology (DST) and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) have launched a solar water-heating intervention, aimed at assisting households... 

Eskom to launch pilot cogeneration plant in April

By: Mariaan Webb     13th March 2007 State-owned power utility Eskom is to launch its pilot cogeneration project next month as it moves towards achieving at least 900 MW from cogeneration by 2011, Eskom Enterprises business development manager Rob Higgo said on Tuesday. Speaking at a workshop in Johannesburg, where delegates debated... 

Renewable-energy equipment market to benefit from power crunch

By: Liezel Hill     9th March 2007 Although the South African renewable energy equipment market is still small, it is poised for “spectacular” growth, driven by increased demand for electricity in general, and renewable energy technologies in particular, consultancy Frost and Sullivan said on Friday.  

Jo'burg may cut power demand by 25 MWh in medium term - Masondo

By: Mariaan Webb     8th March 2007 The City of Johannesburg will soon complete a feasibility study on energy management, which could see the city shedding up to 25MWh, Mayor Amos Masondo said on Thursday. 

State power utility mulls various ways to meet 47 252-MW target for 2025

By: Jade Davenport     1st December 2006 In a bid to meet South Africa’s phenomenal growth in electricity demand, State-owned utility Eskom is currently evaluating an elaborate capacity project funnel that comprises 17 375 MW is potential new projects. 

CSIR aims to prove effectiveness of solar disinfection of water in global project

24th November 2006 The Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) will represent South Africa in an international, multipartner project, aiming to demonstrate that solar disinfection (SODIS) of drinking water is an effective, appropriate and acceptable intervention against waterborne diseases. 

Lesotho solar project wins $130 000 World Bank grant

By: Jade Davenport     6th October 2006 The World Bank has signed a $130 000 grant agreement for a solar energy project aimed at improving the lives of rural Lesotho communities. 

Solar suport for biodiesel

By: Laura Tyrer     6th October 2006 Energy consultancy and solar thermal company New Energy Technologies is developing a solar power system to support a biodiesel manufacturing plant, in Ventersdorp. 

Is mega solar power on the way, or will high costs keep it at bay?

By: Irma Venter     18th August 2006 It’s 35 ?C in the shade. Often. In Upington, a town in the arid, ironed-flat expanse of the Northern Cape, the extreme and persistent heat may cause some to become hot and bothered, but to Eskom it’s good news – because this is where the utility is consider-ing building its... 

Commercialisation vital for green-energy success

By: Clement Deane     28th July 2006 In order for renewable energy to have a future in South Africa, it needs to be commercialised, according to NuPlanet director Anton-Louis Olivier. NuPlanet has been involved in a number of renewable energy projects and a current project in South Africa is the development of the Bethlehem... 

New technology to help cut manufacturing cost of alternative energy source

By: Zonika Botha     26th May 2006 An agreement between the Central Energy Fund (CEF), of South Africa, and IFE, a German company, will help to make solar power a much more cost-effective alternative energy solution for end users. 

Pushing the envelope in power and networks

By: Keith Campbell     17th February 2006 Part of the Electronics wing of the IST Group, IST Telecom is set to expand the option of fuel-cell technology in South Africa this year. 

Oil major seeks environmentally responsible energy balance

By: Keith Campbell     25th March 2005 GIANT global energy group BP is fully aware of the “paradox” it faces, between the provision of energy and the provision of energy in an environmentally responsible way. 

Renewable renaissance: local solar breakthrough brings hope

By: Irma Venter     11th June 2004 It looks like a small piece of blackened glass – what it can do, though, is produce 10 W of electricity. And, on top of that, it promises to do so at a cost of more than 50% less than anything else on the market. 

Getting personal about wind power

By: Terry Mackenzie-hoy     14th May 2004 Many years ago there was a technical magazine editor who liked to see his name, indeed his life, in print. 

Solar-powered electric planes – it’s about time

By: Terry Mackenzie-hoy     10th October 2003 As we chug towards the 100th anniversary of the Wright brothers’ flight one can’t help but notice that all aeroplanes run on avgas or gasoline, even after 100 years. 

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