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Renewable Energy News

Bid documents for 2 000-MW emergency power being finalised after Nersa concurrence ‘milestone’  

By: Terence Creamer     26th May 2020 The Department of Mineral Resources and Energy (DMRE) confirmed on Tuesday that the National Energy Regulator of South Africa (Nersa) had concurred with a Ministerial determination submitted to the regulator in February for the procurement of 2 000 MW of emergency electricity from independent... 

SANEDI says clean energy could boost country’s Covid-19 economic stimulus plan

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     26th May 2020 Government organisation, the South African National Energy Development Institute (SANEDI) says clean energy principles and technologies should form part of the country’s post Covid-19 economic stimulus plan. This will help to ensure the country stays on target to achieve national environmental... 

Nigerian govt seeks EPC contractor for Kumbotso power plant project

By: Simone Liedtke     26th May 2020 The Nigeria Sovereign Investment Authority (NSIA) is seeking the services of an engineering and construction firm to facilitate the realisation of a 10 MW grid-connected solar photovoltaic (PV) power plant in Kumbotso, Nigeria. The project will involve the design, engineering, procurement,... 

Electrolux South Africa partners with PowerOptimal to sell solar geyser solution

By: Marleny Arnoldi     26th May 2020 Energy solutions developer PowerOptimal has partnered with the South African subsidiary of Swedish appliance giant Electrolux to help bring cost-effective and sustainable solar photovoltaic (PV) water heating solutions to the local market. The partnership will see PowerOptimal’s Elon solar PV... 

Cape Town proposes national renewables procurement scheme for municipalities as it pushes ahead with IPP legal case 

By: Terence Creamer     26th May 2020 The City of Cape Town is proposing the creation of a nationally coordinated renewable-energy procurement programme through which municipalities are empowered to procure electricity from  independent power producers (IPPs). The City has adopted this position notwithstanding its long-running legal... 

Cape Town proposes national renewables procurement scheme for municipalities as it pushes ahead with IPP legal case

Renewables associations call for green hydrogen focus in upcoming EU plans

By: Marleny Arnoldi     25th May 2020 Ten solar and wind associations, along with industry leaders, have launched a joint initiative − Choose Renewable Hydrogen − and are calling for the European Commission to prioritise renewable green hydrogen in its upcoming recovery and strategy decisions. The initiative aims to highlight the... 

Hulisani expects loss a share of at least 54c

By: Marleny Arnoldi     22nd May 2020 JSE-listed energy investment company Hulisani expects to report a loss a share of between 54c and 64c for the year ended February 29. This represents an 8% to 28% widening of the 50c a share loss reported for the financial year ended February 28, 2019.  

Why a giant hydropower dam in Africa worries the US, China

By: Bloomberg     22nd May 2020 China and the United Nations backed calls for Ethiopia to resume talks over its plan to begin filling a giant hydropower dam that is opposed by Egypt. Ethiopia wants to flood the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam when the next rainy season begins in July. Egypt insists on having a say in how... 

Report calls for new supply chains to decarbonise global energy trade

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     22nd May 2020 Today’s global economy is enabled by a global energy trade and countries around the world are dependent on the flows of oil, coal and natural gas to keep their economies growing. As countries move to decarbonise and adopt renewable energy, many are finding it difficult to do so cost-effectively... 

Auto-battery makers mull alternative chemistries to lower costs, increase driving range

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     22nd May 2020 Battery makers and car manufacturers have seen a shift in the pursuit of altering battery chemistry to lower the costs of new energy vehicles (NEVs) that are being manufactured and extend their driving range. Speaking to Engineering News & Mining Weekly, independent research house Afriforesight... 

Auto-battery makers mull alternative chemistries to lower costs, increase driving range

Controversial plan to renegotiate IPP tariffs is proceeding, De Ruyter confirms  

By: Terence Creamer     21st May 2020 Eskom CEO Andre de Ruyter has confirmed that the State-owned electricity utility is pushing ahead with a controversial move to renegotiate power purchase agreements with renewable independent power producers. Speaking during a briefing on May 21, De Ruyter said that the renegotiation of IPP... 

Controversial plan to renegotiate IPP tariffs is proceeding, De Ruyter confirms
Photo by Creamer Media's Donna Slater
Eskom CEO Andre de Ruyter

Zambia's Zesco, Chinese firm sign $548m solar power contracts

By: Reuters     21st May 2020 Zambia's State-owned electricity company Zesco has signed contracts worth $548-million with Power China to develop three solar power plants that will add 600 MW to the national grid, the company said in a statement. The three contracts are a step towards diversifying renewable energy for Zambia,... 

Place clean energy at the centre of post-Covid-19 recovery efforts – IEA 

By: Terence Creamer     20th May 2020 A new International Energy Agency report forecasts that the world will add 167 GW of new renewables capacity in 2020, a 13% decline when compared with record 2019 renewable-power connections of 192 GW. Besides being the first fall in new additions in 20 years, the Covid-19-induced downward... 

Place clean energy at the centre of post-Covid-19 recovery efforts – IEA

Lab provides insight into energy systems of the future

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     19th May 2020 Technology groups Wärtsilä’s Energy Transition Lab, developed to provide analysis into the energy market in Europe, is showcasing insight into Europe’s evolving electricity market landscape and, with it being updated weekly, is also providing insight into what is happening in the market during... 

Wind body calls for privately funded renewables to be key component of recovery plan 

By: Terence Creamer     19th May 2020 The South African Wind Energy Association (SAWEA) is urging government to include renewable-energy as one of the main components of any post-Covid-19 economic stimulus package, arguing that such infrastructure is particularly well positioned to support a much-needed economic recovery, as it would... 

Wind body calls for privately funded renewables to be key component of recovery plan
Ntombifuthi Ntuli

‘All hands-on deck’ includes women in energy transition

By: Simone Liedtke     19th May 2020 There will need to be an urgent focus on the energy transition beyond the Covid-19 pandemic and the world will need “all hands-on deck”, including women, to achieve success in this regard, says Cape Town-based wind farm developer G7 Renewable Energies project manager Veronique Fyfe. Fyfe is also... 

‘All hands-on deck’ includes women in energy transition
Veronique Fyfe

REIPPPP projects to resume development

By: Donna Slater     18th May 2020 Law firm Fasken reports that Covid-19 lockdown regulations enforced with the commencement of the national lockdown on March 26, which restricted the operation of a number of industries in an effort to curb the spread of the virus, have been clarified with the publication of the latest directions... 

Renewables critical to reducing South Africa’s economic, energy constraints

By: Simone Liedtke     18th May 2020 South Africa’s energy demand “will grow exponentially” as South Africa further eases Covid-19-related restrictions and the strain on electricity supply experienced prior to the pandemic will likely return. This “will have massive implications” and likely have a compounding effect as the country... 

Renewables critical to reducing South Africa’s economic, energy constraints

Kibo Energy inks power purchase agreement with Baobab Resources

By: Donna Slater     18th May 2020 Africa-focused Kibo Energy has signed a binding term sheet with mining company and steelmaker Baobab Resources to supply 200 MW of energy to Baobab's Tete Steel and Vanadium (TSV) project, in Mozambique. 
 
Recognised as a key development project in Mozambique, the TSV project is about 36 km from... 

Kibo shareholders to vote on reorganisation of share capital as Covid-19 disrupts operations

By: Donna Slater     15th May 2020 Owing to the adverse impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on international business and the uncertainty surrounding the global economic outlook, Africa-focused energy company Kibo Energy is re-evaluating its business plans, partly involving the potential reorganisation of its share capital. The share... 

Irena forecasts rise in ocean energy installations to 10 GW by 2030

By: Terence Creamer     15th May 2020 The International Renewable Energy Agency (Irena) believes that ocean energy, which plays an extremely modest role in the global energy mix and the broader clean-energy transition, is poised for growth over the coming decade and is forecasting that deployments will rise to 10 GW by 2030. There is... 

Irena forecasts rise in ocean energy installations to 10 GW by 2030

Entrepreneurs urged to document business development from early stage to attract investors 

By: Donna Slater     14th May 2020 Entrepreneurs that have started a business or are looking to start a business, especially in the green economy, should start, as soon as possible, with documenting their business development process to ensure they have that information available for when they start looking for investors, YWaste... 

Entrepreneurs urged to document business development from early stage to attract investors
YWaste Solutions MD Emile Fourie discusses how entrepreneurs can navigate starting businesses in the green economy.

Sasol calls for IPP bids to supply 600 MW of renewable energy to South African operations 

By: Terence Creamer     14th May 2020 Chemicals and fuels group Sasol has issued a request for information (RFI) for the supply of 600 MW of renewable energy to its South African operations so as to reduce its yearly greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by about 1.6-million tons. The closing date for submissions is Friday, June 5. 

Sasol calls for IPP bids to supply 600 MW of renewable energy to South African operations
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Sasol's Secunda complex in Mpumalanga, with power lines in the foreground

Wärtsilä publishes map indicating potential of cost-optimal 100% renewable electricity systems

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     14th May 2020 Technology group Wärtsilä has published an extensive interactive map on cost-optimal, 100% renewable electricity systems globally. The map provides information on the potential of renewable energy in relation to geographical regions and their solar and wind conditions. 

New venture set up to explore South Africa’s offshore floating wind-farm potential 

By: Terence Creamer     13th May 2020 A South African renewable-energy company has teamed up with a Swedish floating wind-farm developer and technology designer to explore the development of large-scale floating wind farms offshore South Africa. In a joint statement released in Stockholm and Cape Town, Hexicon AB and Genesis... 

New venture set up to explore South Africa’s offshore floating wind-farm potential

WEF warns of increasing threats to world's clean energy transition

By: Marleny Arnoldi     13th May 2020 The World Economic Forum (WEF) says unprecedented disruptions from Covid-19 threaten the transition to clean energy, globally. However, the current Covid-19 health and economic crisis presents an opportunity to rethink how energy is produced, supplied and consumed, it states.  

WEF warns of increasing threats to world's clean energy transition
A hybrid wind and solar energy system in Croatia

Cape Town in landmark suit to open South Africa’s power system

By: Bloomberg     13th May 2020 The city of Cape Town is awaiting a court ruling on whether it can buy its own electricity from suppliers other than national power utility Eskom Holdings without getting approval from the energy minister. Judge Leonie Windell of South Africa’s High Court on Tuesday reserved judgment in the case... 

Policy, people-centred approaches vital to energy development in a post-Covid-19 world

By: Marleny Arnoldi     12th May 2020 Energy experts during a PowerGen Africa hosted webinar on May 12 agreed that Covid-19 presents an opportunity for policy renewal and structural reforms in the energy sector. The webinar forms part of a virtual webinar series leading up to the African Utility Week event, which will be hosted... 

Herbert Smith Freehills releases guide to assist green energy developers

By: Donna Slater     12th May 2020 Professional services firm Herbert Smith Freehills says Africa-focussed developers and sponsors in the renewable energy market can fast-track project development and enhance bankability by using development funds (DFs). The firm lays out the plans and their benefits in a newly launched renewable... 

Acwa, Silk Road Fund partner again on renewable energy

By: Marleny Arnoldi     12th May 2020 Power generation and water desalination developer Acwa Power has completed a transaction to introduce Silk Road Fund as a partner and 49% shareholder in Acwa Power Renewable Energy Holding. Acwa Power Renewable Energy Holding is Acwa Power’s renewable energy platform that currently owns a... 

Climate-smart mining tech even more important in a Covid-19 context – World Bank

By: Marleny Arnoldi     12th May 2020 The production of minerals such as graphite, lithium and cobalt could potentially increase by 500% by 2050 to meet the growing demand for clean energy technologies, the World Bank reports. In a report, titled 'Minerals for Climate Action: The Mineral Intensity of the Clean Energy Transition',... 

Kibo increases Mozambique land holding to expand energy projects

By: Donna Slater     12th May 2020 Africa-focused energy company Kibo Energy has acquired 345 ha of land adjacent to its Benga power plant project, in Mozambique's Tete province. Alongside hosting a 150 MW to 300 MW thermal power plant, which is being developed as part of a joint venture agreement with local energy company... 

South Africa urged to leverage the full industrial potential of the IRP 2019 as part of post-Covid recovery  

By: Terence Creamer     12th May 2020 The allocation, in the Integrated Resource Plan 2019 (IRP 2019), to renewable energy represents a major opportunity not only to diversify South Africa’s coal-heavy electricity mix, but also to create new domestic industries and jobs, Kearney senior energy principal Prashaen Reddy argues. To fully... 

South Africa urged to leverage the full industrial potential of the IRP 2019 as part of post-Covid recovery
Kearney senior energy principal Prashaen Reddy in conversation with Terence Creamer on the outlook for renewables in South Africa. Editing: Nicholas Boyd

Best time ever for private sector participation in energy projects

By: Marleny Arnoldi     11th May 2020 With many African governments’ debt levels and servicing costs growing and economies taking hits from plummeting oil and mineral commodity prices, it will become increasingly necessary for private sector participation in infrastructure projects, particularly in the energy space. However,... 

Local energy not managed efficiently

By: Tracy Hancock     8th May 2020 South Africa is not using its world-class renewable energy resources to drive energy efficiency, says independent conservation organisation World Wide Fund for Nature South Africa (WWF-SA) urban futures project manager Louise Scholtz. “If we were, South Africa’s Integrated Resources Plan 2019... 

Local energy not managed efficiently
TRANSFORMATIVE DEVELOPMENTS The decreasing cost of renewable-energy technologies, such as rooftop solar photovoltaic, are one of the developments transforming South Africa’s energy market

South Africa has duty to address SADC energy efficiency

By: Tracy Hancock     8th May 2020 South Africa has a duty to make the energy efficiency knowledge accrued through the Industrial Energy Efficiency Project (IEEP) more accessible to the rest of the Southern African Development Community (SADC) region to help drive its economic development through globally competitive... 

South Africa has duty to address SADC energy efficiency
ENERGY HEAVY South Africa’s industry consumes more than half of the energy used by the industrial sectors in all the remaining SADC States

DMRE to test market appetite for 2 500 MW of small nuclear reactors  

By: Terence Creamer     7th May 2020 The Department of Mineral Resources and Energy (DMRE) told lawmakers on May 7 that the development of a roadmap for a 2 500 MW nuclear new build programme would commence soon and that the market would be tested for “robust funding options”. A request for information would be issued to assess... 

DMRE to test market appetite for 2 500 MW of small nuclear reactors
Mineral Resources and Energy Minister Gwede Mantashe
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