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Anglo American's Africa and Australia Regional Director Themba Mkhwanazi.
Project finance clinched for 520 MW South African wind, solar projects – Anglo
29th February 2024 By: Martin Creamer

Johannesburg- and London-listed diversified mining and marketing company Anglo American announced on Thursday that jointly owned renewable energy venture with EDF Renewables, Envusa Energy, has... 


Wind turbines, solar panels and transmission lines
Amplats signs renewable energy offtake agreement with Envusa Energy
28th February 2024 By: Sabrina Jardim

Platinum group metals (PGMs) miner Anglo American Platinum (Amplats) has, through its wholly owned Rustenburg Platinum Mines (RPM) subsidiary, entered into a 20-year energy offtake agreement (EOA)... 


DA leader John Steenhuisen
Multi-Party Charter reveals its plans to end loadshedding if ANC can be ousted
28th February 2024 By: Darren Parker

The 11 political parties that are members of the Multi-Party Charter (MPC) for South Africa have voiced a unified plan to end loadshedding once and for all if only they could collectively oust... 


Ewseta CEO Mpho Mookapele
TVET colleges ‘not in a good state’ – Ewseta
27th February 2024 By: Darren Parker

South Africa’s technical and vocational education and training (TVET) colleges are not in a good state, Energy and Water Sector Education and Training Authority (Ewseta) CEO Mpho Mookapele has... 


Solar panels
Another 124 power plants registered with Nersa raising total to 1 087 since 2018
23rd February 2024 By: Terence Creamer

The National Energy Regulator of South Africa (Nersa) reports that a further 124 generation facilities were registered during the third quarter of its financial year from October to December,... 


Cape Town mayor Geordin Hill-Lewis
Cape Town driving forward with renewable energy, climate resilience programmes
22nd February 2024 By: Rebecca Campbell

Last year, Cape Town paid out R25-million to businesses which sold their surplus renewable energy to the city. And, starting this year, private citizens will be able to do the same. These... 


Rooftop solar panels
Teraco to build 120 MW solar plant after securing grid capacity allocation
21st February 2024 By: Schalk Burger

Data centre infrastructure and services company Teraco will start construction of a 120 MW utility-scale solar photovoltaic (PV) facility in the Free State after securing its first grid capacity... 


World Bank agency guarantees are supporting green energy transition in Africa
21st February 2024 By: Rebecca Campbell

The Multilateral Investment Guarantee Agency (MIGA) of the World Bank had so far supported 16 renewable energy projects in South Africa, with a total generating capacity of 1.4 GW, reported MIGA VP... 


Roads
Dispute over 5km road could highlight far bigger roadbuilding problem for Gauteng
20th February 2024 By: Terence Creamer

A legal dispute over the granting of an environmental authorisation for a 5-km new road, the K148, in southern Gauteng has the potential to highlight serious legal impediments to the development of... 


Major solar power project in the DRC is now set to start development
19th February 2024 By: Rebecca Campbell

The Africa Finance Corporation (AFC) and SkyPower Global have signed a joint development agreement to implement the first phase of an ultimately 1 000 MW capacity solar power project in the... 


Red Energy launches SigenStor in South Africa
16th February 2024 By: Sabrina Jardim

Commercial solar energy specialist Red Energy has launched SigenStor – an artificial intelligence (AI) optimised five-in-one energy storage system – in South Africa. Red Energy has been chosen as... 


BRIDGING THE GAP
Candi Solar is eager to bridge the gap in the solar market through its financial model
Solutions provider offers financing model for solar
16th February 2024

Solar solutions provider Candi Solar is offering a financing model to companies who cannot afford the commonly significant upfront expenditure for solar energy installations. The initiative... 


SAPVIA CEO Dr Rethabile Melamu
Solar not to blame for recent Stage 6 loadshedding – SAPVIA
15th February 2024 By: Schalk Burger

Industry organisation the South African Photovoltaic Industry Association (SAPVIA) has moved to factually dispute Electricity Minister Dr Kgosientsho Ramokgopa's recent statement that... 


Kimberly-Clark signs PPA for 2.2 MW solar plant for its Cape Town facility
15th February 2024 By: Schalk Burger

Personal care and hygiene products manufacturer Kimberly-Clark has signed a long-term power purchase agreement (PPA) with energy company Energy Partners (EP), which will install a 2.2 MW rooftop... 


TotalEnergies CEO Patrick Pouyanne
TotalEnergies CEO says IMF debt rules hobbling African green energy projects
15th February 2024 By: Reuters

Renewable energy investments in Africa are being hobbled by insufficient government loan guarantees, as the International Monetary Fund keeps a tight leash on country indebtedness, TotalEnergies... 


Wind, solar, batteries
Innovative 128 MW solar-wind-battery project achieves financial close
14th February 2024 By: Terence Creamer

The 128 MW Oya Energy hybrid project, which will combine variable renewables and batteries to produce dispatchable electricity daily between 5:00 and 21:30 for injection into South Africa’s... 


IEA executive director Fatih Birol
IEA to launch security programme for minerals critical to energy sector
14th February 2024 By: Reuters

The International Energy Agency (IEA) is launching a programme to secure the supply of minerals critical to energy security, as demand rises fast while manufacturing remains in the hands of a few... 


Sun Exchange moves to become solar, battery storage project developer
12th February 2024 By: Schalk Burger

Crowdsale-financing solar power projects company Sun Exchange will shift its focus to becoming a full-service commercial solar power and energy storage project developer, with all projects to be... 


An Actom high-voltage equipment yard
Actom secures Selebi-Phikwe solar plant contract
8th February 2024 By: Schalk Burger

Electromechanical equipment manufacturer Actom High Voltage has secured a contract to supply and deliver high-voltage equipment for the Selebi-Phikwe solar photovoltaic (PV) plant, which is... 


Jan Oberholzer
Jan Oberholzer appointed director of renewable energy project developer JER Group
7th February 2024 By: Schalk Burger

Sub-Saharan Africa renewable energy project developer Jearrard Energy Resources (JER) Group has appointed former Eskom executive Jan Oberholzer as nonexecutive director. Oberholzer brings a wealth... 


SAPVIA CEO Dr Rethabile Melamu
SAPVIA CEO appointed to Global Solar Council
5th February 2024 By: Schalk Burger

South African Photovoltaic Industry Association (SAPVIA) CEO Dr Rethabile Melamu has been appointed as a board member of the international solar power industry organisation Global Solar Council.... 


Power lines with the Kendal power station in the background
DMRE to remodel draft IRP 2023 in light of new information, curtailment plans
1st February 2024 By: Schalk Burger

Many of the submissions the Department of Mineral Resources and Energy (DMRE) has received from the first round of public engagements about the draft Integrated Resource Plan 2023 (IRP 2023) in... 


RMB helps SOLA Group raise R2.8bn for Virginia solar PV project
31st January 2024 By: Schalk Burger

Financial services group Rand Merchant Bank (RMB) has helped South African independent power producer (IPP) SOLA Group raise a R2.8-billion debt and equity package for its 150 MW multi-offtake... 


Growthpoint Properties South Africa CEO Estienne de Klerk
Growthpoint enters 195 GWh/y renewable energy PPA with Etana Energy
30th January 2024 By: Schalk Burger

JSE-listed real estate investment trust Growthpoint Properties has entered into a power purchase agreement (PPA) with electricity trader Etana Energy for 195 GWh/y of renewable energy, which... 


Trade and Industrial Policy Strategies senior economist and South African Renewable Energy Masterplan facilitator Gaylor Montmasson-Clair
Energy transition offers once-in-century potential for South Africa to reindustrialise
25th January 2024 By: Schalk Burger

The global and local renewable energy transition is presenting industries, and South Africa, with a once-in-a-century growth trajectory to provide products and components into the value chains of... 


The solar instllation at the Creighton Valley Cheese Company
SolarSaver adding battery energy storage to two dairies in Creighton Valley
25th January 2024 By: Schalk Burger

Solar photovoltaic (PV) installation company SolarSaver has added batteries to the existing grid-tied installation at Burnview Dairy to create a hybrid system. It will also add batteries to the... 


A solar PV panel
Johannesburg golf club has implemented solar power system
23rd January 2024 By: Rebecca Campbell

In what is believed to be the biggest such project implemented, so far, at a major South African golf club, a solar power and battery microgrid has been commissioned at the Royal Johannesburg and... 


Afsia unpacks record year for global solar installations in 2023
19th January 2024 By: Marleny Arnoldi

Africa Solar Industry Association (Afsia) finds in its fourth yearly ‘Solar Outlook’ report that 350 GW of solar power were added in 2023, marking the highest year for solar photovoltaic (PV)... 


Photo of Terence Creamer
Electricity procurement picks up pace
19th January 2024 By: Chanel de Bruyn

Engineering News editor Terence Creamer discusses the efforts being made to reinvigorate South Africa's public procurement of new electricity capacity after recent disappointments and amid ongoing... 


An image of delegates at COP28
Reliable electricity must be prioritised over transition
19th January 2024

The sheer urgency of addressing energy insecurity in Africa demands that a reliable grid is prioritised first and other energy concerns, such as transitioning to renewable-energy sources, second,... 


Standard Bank sees rapid growth in solar finance offering
18th January 2024 By: Marleny Arnoldi

Financial services provider Standard Bank foresees continued massive demand for solar and energy-related products this year, after seeing a 400% growth in demand for LookSee’s solar installation... 


Independent Power Producer Office head Bernard Magoro
Grid constraints cast shadow over South Africa’s seventh renewables bid window
17th January 2024 By: Terence Creamer

South Africa’s grid constraints are continuing to cast a shadow over the Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer Procurement Programme (REIPPPP), the seventh bidding round for which was... 


ENGIE South Africa CEO Mohamed Hoosen
Fast-growing ENGIE South Africa will consider grid investments under right conditions
16th January 2024 By: Terence Creamer

Global independent power company ENGIE, which is prioritising the South African electricity market for significant organic and acquisitive growth, is also open to participating in grid investments... 


Photo of Terence Creamer
Proposed new IRP met with some skepticism
12th January 2024 By: Creamer Media Reporter

Engineering News editor Terence Creamer discusses the background to the publication for public comment of the latest Integrated Resource Plan (IRP); the main changes in the IRP 2023, compared with... 


Jan Fourie to take over as Mulilo Energy CEO from May
11th January 2024 By: Schalk Burger

Renewable energy developer Mulilo Energy has appointed former Scatec executive VP Jan Fourie to succeed outgoing CEO Johnny Cullum when he steps down in May. Cullum has served as CEO since Mulilo... 


IEA executive director Fatih Birol
World powers ahead with renewables as South Africa’s draft plan signals pullback
11th January 2024 By: Terence Creamer

While South Africa’s latest draft electricity plan is signalling a pullback in renewables investments for the period to 2030 relative to the prevailing policy, the rest of the world is powering... 


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