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Companies collaborate to enhance solar PV compliance, recycling practices
19th June 2024 By: Sabrina Jardim

In a bid to champion extended producer responsibility compliance and solar PV recycling practices, producer responsibility organisation (PRO) Circular Energy has embarked on a strategic partnership... 


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Only 40% of developing-country utilities are financially sustainable, World Bank warns
19th June 2024 By: Schalk Burger

The majority of electric utilities in developing countries are ill-equipped to meet growing demand for power and add more renewable energy into the grid, thereby hindering global energy transition... 


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WEF Energy Transition Index at its highest ever, but global progress slowing
19th June 2024 By: Schalk Burger

The global energy transition to a more equitable, secure and sustainable energy system is still progressing, but has lost momentum in the face of increasing uncertainty worldwide, international... 


TNPA's head office at the Port of Ngqura
TNPA moves to integrate desalination, renewables at Port Elizabeth and Ngqura ports
18th June 2024 By: Terence Creamer

South Africa’s Transnet National Ports Authority (TNPA) has issued requests for proposal (RFPs) for the construction of two solar-powered seawater desalination plants and a hybrid... 


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candi solar secures $38m funding for clean energy expansion in South Africa, India
14th June 2024 By: Tasneem Bulbulia

Clean energy company candi solar has successfully closed its Series C funding round, securing $38-million in equity investment. The round was led by Norfund, Kyuden International, and STOA Infra... 


The 1 MW solar PV plant at the GWK maize mill
GWK's Christiana maize mill gets 1 MW solar PV system
13th June 2024 By: Schalk Burger

Independent power producer Decentral Energy has commissioned a 1 MW solar PV system at food producer GWK's Farm Foods Christiana maize mill. The ground-mounted, grid-tied solar PV system, which was... 


Nepoworx, Harambee unveil youth work readiness programme in solar installations
13th June 2024 By: Sabrina Jardim

Renewable energy skills development agency Nepoworx, in collaboration with Harambee Youth Employment Accelerator, has announced the launch of their first iteration of the Youth Work Readiness... 


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Diversification of energy generation, consumption important for businesses, Discovery Green says
12th June 2024 By: Schalk Burger

Businesses are increasingly prioritising the procurement of renewable energy, and especially solar energy, owing to loadshedding, electricity cost increases and risks associated with high carbon... 


Benchmarking study highlights slow pace of South Africa’s grid-connection system
Benchmarking study highlights slow pace of South Africa’s grid-connection system
12th June 2024 By: Terence Creamer

A new benchmarking assessment of South Africa’s electricity grid access queueing mechanisms indicates that Eskom’s systems are slower and less transparent than those being implemented in developed... 


Solar PV panels installed at the Engen Meadowridge fuel station
Solar PV panels rolled out at 150 Engen fuel stations in Southern Africa
11th June 2024 By: Schalk Burger

Solar power provider SolarSaver, which serves as fuel retailer Engen's official solar provider, has installed solar PV systems at 150 Engen Petroleum fuel stations across Botswana, Namibia and... 


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Eskom seeks executive to lead renewables division
10th June 2024 By: Bloomberg

South Africa’s Eskom Holdings is looking for a manager to lead its clean energy projects even as the utility extends the use of coal plants to mitigate nationwide electricity shortages. The group... 


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ARC portfolio companies demonstrate resilience in challenging conditions
7th June 2024 By: Tasneem Bulbulia

JSE-listed African Rainbow Capital (ARC) Investments says that, despite an unfavourable macroeconomic environment for the quarter ended March 31, several portfolio companies have demonstrated... 


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Eskom ‘decouples’ renewables roll-out from coal station closure plan
6th June 2024 By: Terence Creamer

Eskom CEO Dan Marokane reports that a decision has been made to “decouple” the closure of its coal stations from the building, in partnership, of new renewable energy generation capacity linked to... 


Belgium's King Philippe and Namibian President Ngangolo Mbumba on a site visit at the Cleanenergy Solutions green hydrogen project in Namibia
Namibia’s audacious plan to become a global green hydrogen hub
6th June 2024 By: Bloomberg

Early in May, King Philippe of Belgium was on the edge of the Namib desert to inaugurate a project that aims to help decarbonize European industry, and which might just enable one of Africa’s... 


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Investment in clean energy to reach $2tr this year, outpacing investment in fossil fuels
6th June 2024 By: Bloomberg

Investment in clean energy technologies will climb to $2-trillion this year, almost double the amount spent on fossil fuels, according to the International Energy Agency (IEA). Two-thirds of the... 


Richards Bay port
TNPA appoints Amulet consortium to build, operate Richards Bay solar plant
3rd June 2024 By: Marleny Arnoldi

Transnet National Ports Authority (TNPA) has selected Amulet Group Consortium to build and operate a 20 MW solar PV plant at the Port of Richards Bay. TNPA anticipates that the design and... 


Wind, solar and battery
DMRE again delays bidding deadlines for procurement of new renewables and battery storage
31st May 2024 By: Terence Creamer

The Department of Mineral Resources and Energy (DMRE) has confirmed another extension to the bid submission deadlines for the current renewables procurement round, as well as the second battery... 


AfDB president Dr Akinwumi Adesina
Desert to Power Initiative to transform Africa’s most vulnerable region into an energy hub
24th May 2024 By: Darren Parker

The African Development Bank (AfDB) has emphasised its role in delivering the Desert to Power Initiative, which aims to energise one of the least developed and most marginal parts of the continent.... 


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Eskom seeks to reserve grid capacity for publicly procured IPP projects
24th May 2024 By: Creamer Media Reporter

Engineering News editor Terence Creamer discusses Eskom's application to the National Energy Regulator of South Africa, seeking permission to preserve and reserve grid capacity for publicly... 


Empowering women in energy the intelligent thing to do, says DMRE official
23rd May 2024 By: Rebecca Campbell

The Department of Mineral Resources and Energy (DMRE) had been running a five-year Energy Sector Women Empowerment Strategy since 2021, pointed out DMRE deputy director-general Hilda Mhlongo on... 


BDO South Africa partner Nato Oosthuizen
Opinion: Let’s talk about the well-lit elephant in the room
22nd May 2024

In this article, BDO South Africa partner and renewable energy expert Nato Oosthuzen writes shares his insight on where the country is at with loadshedding and the reasons why he is cautiously... 


NOA Group acquires early-stage Khauta solar farm in the Free State
20th May 2024 By: Marleny Arnoldi

Local integrated energy company NOA Group has successfully acquired the 350 MW Khauta solar PV facility, near Welkom, in the Free State, from PNE, which started the development of the facility. The... 


Prescient supports Reatile’s acquisition of stake in 240 MW solar project
16th May 2024 By: Creamer Media Reporter

Prescient Investment Management has approved R324-million in equity finance to support black-owned investment company Reatile acquire a 31.5% stake in a 240 MW Free State solar PV project. The... 


Dipula Income Fund CEO Izak Peterson
Dipula reports improved metrics, hones in on solar
14th May 2024 By: Sabrina Jardim

JSE-listed real estate investment trust Dipula Income Fund has reported improved operational and financial metrics, as well as strategic gains in a period that marked the first phase of its new... 


A man standing on a podium at last years Enlit Africa Event
Organisers expect record attendance at event
10th May 2024 By: Halima Frost

With ballooning foot traffic, demonstrated by an increase in attendance of 81% from 2022 to 2023, the organisers of this year’s Enlit Africa anticipate a “bumper event that will be attended by... 


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Firm highlights risks, challenges associated with solar expansion
10th May 2024 By: Lumkile Nkomfe

With a surge in the adoption of residential and commercial solar power generation, global professional services firm Aon South Africa highlights that the expansion of the solar industry comes with... 


Umoyilanga Avondale solar farm in Upington takes delivery of first modules
9th May 2024 By: Marleny Arnoldi

Global smart PV and energy storage solutions provider Trina Solar has started delivering modules to the 115 MW Umoyilanga Avondale solar project, in Upington, under a strategic partnership with two... 


Battery storage
Deadline for latest battery procurement also extended as IPPs adjust to Eskom’s new grid access rules
9th May 2024 By: Terence Creamer

The deadline for South Africa’s recently launched third battery energy storage bidding round, or bid window three (BW3), has been extended by three months to October 31, following a recent deadline... 


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Genuine progress, not electioneering, behind the easing of loadshedding, council says
9th May 2024 By: Darren Parker

The current loadshedding reprieve is not a result of excessive diesel burning to pacify voters but rather a consequence of government and business coming together to made headway in solving South... 


Equites' distribution centre, in Parow
Equites starts wheeling power from distribution centre to head office in Cape Town
8th May 2024 By: Marleny Arnoldi

Property developer Equites Property Fund has officially started wheeling renewable energy onto Cape Town’s grid from solar panels atop its newly built distribution centre in Parow. The company is... 


Sunset with solar panels
Sappi signs PPA with trading platform to supply solar power to its South African operations
8th May 2024 By: Marleny Arnoldi

Paper and packaging group Sappi has signed a milestone 175 GWh/y renewable energy power purchase agreement (PPA) with private electricity trading company Enpower Trading. Sappi is working towards... 


A graph showing the share of hydropower, solar and wind electricity generation growth
Renewables provided record 30% of global electricity in 2023, Ember says
8th May 2024 By: Reuters

Growth in solar and wind power pushed renewable generation to a record 30% of global electricity production in 2023, putting a global target to triple renewable capacity by 2030 within sight, a... 


Winners of the Milken-Motsepe Prize in Green Energy
South African company comes second in Milken-Motsepe Prize in Green Energy competition
7th May 2024 By: Sabrina Jardim

The Milken Institute and the Motsepe Foundation have announced Aftrak and Omnivat as winners of the Milken-Motsepe Prize in Green Energy – a $2-million innovation competition to reward... 


Wind and solar
Climate commission model points to the growth potential of green industrialisation
6th May 2024 By: Terence Creamer

The initial direct cost of placing South Africa on an energy transition pathway over the coming five years in line with its decarbonisation targets is calculated at a hefty R1.5-trillion in the... 


WBHO and Sola Group's Merak 2 & 3 solar plants
WBHO completes two solar plants, impactful community initiatives in Lichtenburg
3rd May 2024 By: Marleny Arnoldi

Construction group Wilson Bayly Holmes-Ovcon (WBHO) and renewable energy company Sola Group have completed construction of the Merak 2 & 3 solar photovoltaic projects near Lichtenburg, in North... 


Mulilo chairperson Jan Oberholzer with new CEO Jan Fourie
New Mulilo CEO says South Africa’s renewables, storage markets poised for exponential growth
2nd May 2024 By: Terence Creamer

Independent power producer Mulilo reports that Jan Fourie has officially assumed the role of CEO, where he will oversee the company’s growth ambitions in South Africa’s public-procurement and... 


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