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Renewable Energy News

Union says renewable energy sector offers 'huge' employment potential

By: Mariaan Webb     27th September 2007 The National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) has called upon the government to step up efforts to examine the number of employment opportunities that could be generated by a viable renewable energy industry in South Africa. 

Eskom keeps options open to raise capacity at W Coast wind farm

By: Matthew Hill     26th September 2007 Africa�s biggest electricity supplier, Eskom, could double the size of the wind farm it was building on the West Coast of South Africa, to 200 MW, and has included this in its environmental application. 

SA plans to subsidise renewable energy schemes 

By: Mariaan Webb     25th September 2007 The South African government has set up a subsidy and finance office to guide funding for renewable energy technologies, Minerals and Energy Minister Buyelwa Sonjica said on Tuesday. Speaking at an energy summit in Johannesburg, she said that South Africa would also establish a new certification... 

Eskom may start building pilot 100-MW wind farm next year 

12th September 2007 State power utility Eskom could start building a 100-MW wind power plant, on the West Coast of South Africa, as early as mid-2008, to be operational by the beginning of 2010, a company spokesperson said on Wednesday. Eskom communications project manager for new build Annamarie Murray said that... 

Bethlehem hydro project commissioning delayed to May 2008

By: Mariaan Webb     7th September 2007 The completion of South Africa's first commercial independent hydropower project, the Bethlehem hydro scheme, in the Free State, has been delayed by about three months, the project-development company said on Friday. Bethlehem Hydro and NuPlanet MD Anton-Louis Olivier said that the full... 

Standards certainty crucial to South Africa saving 8 000 MW by 2025

By: Terence Creamer     7th September 2007 Perhaps the only positive to emerge from South Africa's current tight electricity-supply challenge, which is set to persist until at least 2012, is the serious effort that is now being given to energy efficiency and demand-side management (DSM) initiatives. 

New technology to power up Africa�s great lakes region

31st August 2007 A new technology for the extraction of methane gas from Lake Kivu in Rwanda provides an opportunity to generate all the Great Lakes region's power needs. Power production is possible at one-quarter the cost of alternative power in the region. The technology has the potential to unlock large... 

Production of SA solar innovation set to begin next month in Germany

By: Irma Venter     24th August 2007 After more than 13 years of hard work, Professor Vivian Alberts will see the start of production of his innovative solar panel in Germany, in September.  

Production of SA solar innovation set to begin next month in Germany 

By: Irma Venter     24th August 2007 After more than 13 years of hard work, professor Vivian Alberts will see the start of production of his innovative solar-panel in Germany in September. 

Global wind power capacity may double by 2011 - Merrill Lynch

By: Mariaan Webb     15th August 2007 Global wind power capacity was likely to more than double to a projected 33 500 MW by 2011, placing suppliers under more stress to iron out supply constraints, a report by financial management and advisory company Merrill Lynch said. 

Energy group in SA green fuels push

By: Christy van der Merwe     10th August 2007 South African system management and engineering company Smart Energy, a subsidiary of SME International, is taking a holistic approach to the provision of energy solutions in South Africa, and this is set to pick up pace with the delivery of sophisticated micro emulsion equipment in August to the... 

US firm to generate power from effluent at SA pig farm

By: Mariaan Webb     8th August 2007 Agriculture company Cargill plans to convert pig waste into electricity at a farm north of Johannesburg, it said on Wednesday.  

Eskom hopes to save the equivalent of two power stations by 2025

By: Terence Creamer     3rd August 2007 State-owned power utility Eskom is advancing what it calls its 'Accelerated Demand Side Management' (DSM) programme on which it plans to spend R10-billion over the next five years in a bid to save 3 000 MW by 2012 - nearly the equivalent of a new base-load power station. 

Opportunities and potential for CDM projects in SA growing

By: Christy van der Merwe     3rd August 2007 South Africa's Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) projects account for a mere 3% of the projects accepted by the United Nations worldwide. 

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... 

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