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Renewable Energy News

Britain to accelerate its phase-out of coal-fired power stations

By: Rebecca Campbell     30th June 2021 The UK government announced on Wednesday that the phasing out of the use of coal to generate electricity in Great Britain will be brought forward by a full year, to October 2024. (The only coal-fired power plant in Northern Ireland was already scheduled to close by 2024.) This is part of the... 

New learning hub aims to equip social practitioners to raise impact of IPP upliftment programmes 

By: Terence Creamer     30th June 2021 A new learning and innovation hub to develop the skills and knowledge of social-performance practitioners in South Africa’s renewable-energy sector has been officially launched. Known as the Initiative for Social Performance in Renewable Energy, or INSPIRE, the venture aims to improving the... 

New learning hub aims to equip social practitioners to raise impact of IPP upliftment programmes

Hydropower important for storage, just transition to low-carbon electricity – IEA

By: Schalk Burger     30th June 2021 Hydropower's role in achieving a clean energy transition and in supporting the faster expansion of solar and wind generation capacity, is undervalued, the International Energy Agency's (IEA's) inaugural 'Hydropower Special Market' report states. Hydropower has a key role in the transition to... 

Hydropower important for storage, just transition to low-carbon electricity – IEA

Zimbabwe faces lengthy power outages after surge hits plants

By: Bloomberg     29th June 2021 Zimbabwe faces prolonged power outages after a surge in electricity imports from neighboring South Africa overloaded its network and caused generating plants to fail, Energy Minister Soda Zhemu said. The surge caused a nationwide blackout in the early hours of Monday, as it affected output at the... 

Progressive moves to ban organic waste from landfills seen as key driver of South African biogas industry 

By: Terence Creamer     29th June 2021 Legislation curtailing and, ultimately, banning the diversion of organic waste to municipal landfills is expected to support the development of South Africa’s biogas industry, which remains nascent with only 28 such projects having be built and commissioned to date. South Africa National Waste... 

Bronkhorstspruit Biogas Plant
Bronkhorstspruit Biogas Plant

South Africa’s reliance on Inga 3 hydropower project ‘a grave risk’, organisations warn 

By: Simone Liedtke     29th June 2021 Civil society organisations International Rivers and WoMin African Alliance have published a report that they say provides, for the first time, an independent and authoritative account of the true cost of the Inga 3 hydropower project in the Democratic Republic of the Congo for South Africa.... 

Opinion: Does the new 100MW cap solve all our renewable-energy problems?

28th June 2021 In this opinion article, Mike Roussos suggests that a new renewable-energy utility be established within the public sector to ensure that the State plays a direct role in establishing and guiding a new and cleaner energy dispensation for South Africa. 

Opinion: Does the new 100MW cap solve all our renewable-energy problems?

Ramaphosa says separated grid company will ‘promote purchase of lowest-cost electricity’ 

By: Terence Creamer     28th June 2021 The creation of a separate State-owned transmission entity, as part of the restructuring of Eskom into three separate entities responsible for generation, transmission and distribution, has been held up by President Cyril Ramaphosa as key to promoting the purchase of the lowest-cost electricity... 

President Cyril Ramaphosa
President Cyril Ramaphosa

SAPVIA welcomes Italian investment in local solar PV inverter manufacturing capacity

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     25th June 2021 Industry association the South African Photovoltaic Industry Association (SAPVIA) has welcomed the investment decision by Italian-based firm Enertronica Santerno to expand its manufacturing activities in South Africa.  The Italian firm, which has been an active player in South Africa over the... 

Dept refuses enviro authorisations for Karpowership SA projects  

25th June 2021 Creamer Media's Chanel de Bruyn speaks to Engineering News Editor Terence Creamer about the Department of Forestry, Fisheries and the Environment's decision to refuse to provider Karpowership SA environmental authorisations for its proposed powership projects; Karpowership's response; and what... 

Dept refuses enviro authorisations for Karpowership SA projects
Dept refuses enviro authorisations for Karpowership SA projects

Time billing solutions in battery storage

By: Anna Moross     25th June 2021 Energy storage is becoming a critical part of business operations and a vital element of the economy, particularly in the manufacturing sector, says solar energy company Blockpower director Kyle Bohnsack.  

ENERGY STORAGE  
250kVA, 1MWh containerised battery system in operation within Sabi Sands South Africa
ENERGY STORAGE 250kVA, 1MWh containerised battery system in operation within Sabi Sands South Africa

Wind an energy storage game changer – association

By: Anna Moross     25th June 2021 Wind energy is important in driving potential demand for energy storage, says nonprofit organisation South African Wind and Energy Association (SAWEA) CEO Ntombifuthi Ntuli. 

KLIPHEUWEL WIND FARM 
The demand particularly pertains to . . . the hybridisation of wind energy, which allows for electricity to be generated from two or more sources with storage
KLIPHEUWEL WIND FARM The demand particularly pertains to . . . the hybridisation of wind energy, which allows for electricity to be generated from two or more sources with storage

Company provides energy storage for hospital

By: Anna Moross     25th June 2021 Solar energy company SustainSolar has completed the supply of its battery energy storage system to the Cecilia Makiwane Hospital in East London, in the Eastern Cape.  

BATTERY ENERGY STORAGE 
The aim of the project – successfully completed at the end of March this year – is to alleviate healthcare pressure at the hospital during the Covid-19 pandemic
BATTERY ENERGY STORAGE The aim of the project – successfully completed at the end of March this year – is to alleviate healthcare pressure at the hospital during the Covid-19 pandemic

Toyota’s Van Zyl warns of ramifications of EU’s Green Deal on South African exports

By: Irma Venter     25th June 2021 Europe’s Green Deal is not just a vision or 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 as Toyota Motors Europe... 

Decentralised power projects on a positive trajectory, says Nedbank CIB’s Peo

By: Donna Slater     24th June 2021 The South Africa power sector is undergoing a major shift towards decentralised power projects as a “massive energy crisis” grips the country, says Nedbank Corporate and Investment Banking (CIB) infrastructure, energy and telecommunications head Mike Peo. Speaking during an Infrastructure Africa... 

Decentral Energy signs R115m loan agreement with the IDC

By: Simone Liedtke     23rd June 2021 Clean energy asset developer, manager and owner Decentral Energy has inked a R115-million loan agreement with the Industrial Development Corporation (IDC) to develop and expand its pipeline of solar assets. Decentral is a South African renewable energy investor that is mandated to invest in... 

SEM installs solar PV system at Stellenbosch University's Neelsie student centre

By: Schalk Burger     23rd June 2021 Energy engineering company SEM Solutions has completed the installation of a 393 kW solar photovoltaic (PV) system on the roof of the Neelsie Student Centre at Stellenbosch University (SU). The power generated by the PV modules provides a third of the energy requirements of the student centre,... 

SEM installs solar PV system at Stellenbosch University's Neelsie student centre

New global costs report confirms new renewables are undercutting existing coal 

By: Terence Creamer     22nd June 2021 The cost of electricity from new solar and wind plants is increasingly undercutting the operating costs alone of existing coal‑fired power plants and strengthening the case for their early retirement, a newly released International Renewable Energy Agency (Irena) report confirms. Published on... 

New global costs report confirms new renewables are undercutting existing coal

Energy justice a useful metric for shaping broad, effective policies for a just transition

By: Schalk Burger     22nd June 2021 A just energy transition that mitigates the risks and captures the benefits of renewable energy in developing countries can be achieved through a broad policy framework developed using energy justice as a key set of metrics, say development academics University of Hamburg political science... 

Scatec says RMIPPPP could ‘revolutionise’ the way power is generated, if successful

By: Simone Liedtke     22nd June 2021 The Risk Mitigation Independent Power Producer Procurement Program (RMIPPPP) is a progressive step in South Africa’s energy history and, if successful, could revolutionise the way power is generated and procured in the country, suggests Scatec sub-Saharan Africa GM Jan Fourie. He notes that... 

Scatec says RMIPPPP could ‘revolutionise’ the way power is generated, if successful

Civil war hardens Ethiopian Nile-dam stance, Sudan Minister says

By: Bloomberg     22nd June 2021 The carnage of Ethiopia’s civil war is making its rulers less willing to compromise with Sudan and Egypt in a dispute over the imminent filling of its giant Nile dam, a Sudan official said, as his government urges the United Nations to prevent any unilateral move. With Ethiopia embroiled in an... 

Biomass heating solution lowers costs

By: Donna Slater     21st June 2021 Cape Town-based heating solutions firm Calore Sustainable Energy (CSE) has developed a new biomass combustion technology that it claims delivers significant savings for industrial clients requiring heating solutions. Calore co-founder Davide Marchesini says that producing heat to generate hot... 

PPC mulls several low-carbon opportunities as it shows signs of business stabilisation 

By: Terence Creamer     21st June 2021 Cementitious products manufacturer PPC is considering several initiatives aimed at lowering the carbon footprint of its operations and products as its far-reaching organisational and financial restructuring begins yielding results and creates space for the JSE-listed group to start focusing on... 

PPC CEO Roland van Wijnen
PPC CEO Roland van Wijnen

Aref II secures almost half of targeted capitalisation

By: Marleny Arnoldi     18th June 2021 The Africa Renewable Energy Fund (Aref) II has concluded its first close at €130-million, following a joint investment of €17.5-million from The Sustainable Energy Fund for Africa and the Climate Technology Fund through the African Development Bank (AfDB). Aref II, a successor to the original... 

100 MW reform ‘precursor’ to new market-driven electricity supply industry – De Ruyter 

By: Terence Creamer     18th June 2021 Eskom CEO Andre de Ruyter has described the decision to lift the licence-exemption cap on own- or embedded-generation plants from 1 MW to 100 MW as not only positive for addressing South Africa’s immediate electricity shortages, but also as “the precursor to the development of a new electricity... 

Eskom CEO Andre de Ruyter
Photo by Creamer Media's Donna Slater
Eskom CEO Andre de Ruyter

Kenya utility joins global emissions project, plans carbon trade

By: Bloomberg     18th June 2021 Kenya Electricity Generating Co, Africa’s largest geothermal producer, joined a United Nations-backed emissions-reduction programme as it looks to begin a domestic carbon market. KenGen, as the State-run company is known, announced its participation in the Business Ambition for 1.5°C programme on... 

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... 

BIOFUEL POWERED DELIVERY VAN
Biofuels can burn cleaner but are not climate neutral
BIOFUEL POWERED DELIVERY VAN Biofuels can burn cleaner but are not climate neutral

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... 

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