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Solar Energy

Solar industry nascent, should tap into localisation potential

By: Mia Breytenbach     23rd January 2015 Although there are a number of solar energy projects supplying State-owned power utility Eskom and the economy with energy, including a number still under implementation and development, the industry is still in an embryonic state, explains professional services firm KPMG. “We are certainly far... 

JA Solar strategy in Africa 

24th January 2014 Solar PV power plants are designed to work at least 20 years. PV components’ reliability and suppliers’ sustainability are two key factors to secure investors’ profits, while PV modules’ high efficiency can help improve investment return. JA Solar Holdings Co., Ltd. is a world-leading... 

VINEYARD HOTEL AND SPA The hotel has made a commitment to “living green” and has implemented environmental and social responsible decision making
Photo by JA Solar
VINEYARD HOTEL AND SPA The hotel has made a commitment to “living green” and has implemented environmental and social responsible decision making

Zimbabwe leads with solar toll gates

24th January 2014 While South African taxpayers are crying foul at the government over its e-tolling scheme on the roads of Gauteng for failing to explore all funding options available to it, Zimbabwe raced ahead to lead the world with the first installation of 22 solar-powered tollgates last year, photovoltaic... 

Solar power transforms urban and rural life

By: Jonathan Rodin     24th January 2014 Lighting specialist Philips reports that it has achieved a “breakthrough” in developing its light-emitting diode (LED) solar-powered road, street and area lighting. “The LED lighting offers reliable, efficient and cost-effective lighting solutions for each kilometre of road. It has the potential... 

Solar energy beneficial to the commercial and industrial sector

By: Jonathan Rodin     24th January 2014 Turnkey energy solutions provider Green Habitat saved information technology and communications company Mustek R82 000 in July last year by installing a 210 kWp solar solution. The saving is as a result of the solar solution reducing Mustek’s energy and demand charge for the month, with a... 

Solar PV power ideal for peak lopping

By: Jonathan Rodin     24th January 2014 South African consumers can expect an added expense from municipal authorities with the imminent arrival of smart metering for electricity consumption, but solar photovoltaic (PV) power may provide a solution, says power protection and management solutions provider Powermode MD Jack Ward. 

Hybrid energy management system reduces diesel consumption by up to 30%

25th January 2013 Local solar supply and installation specialist Sinetech has been appointed sole supplier of a hybrid energy management system that can be installed as an additional source of energy to reduce the fuel consumption of diesel generators and, therefore, their operating costs. The D:Hybrid... 

Solar developer sees project scope beyond DoE-led programme

By: Samantha Herbst     25th January 2013 South Africa’s much-praised Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer Programme (REIPPP) should be seen as only one part of the nation’s renewable-energy opportunity, states large-scale solar power plant developer Ciel & Terre South Africa business development manager Yoann Joyeux. Addressing... 

Renewable energy an ‘embryonic industry’ in SA, says global consultancy group

By: Samantha Herbst     25th January 2013 South Africa is in a good position to capitalise on and develop a solar energy market as a result of the country’s abundant solar resources and positive irradiation coverage, compared with other active solar energy producers worldwide, says global engineering and development consultancy Mott... 

DA launches solar light campaign for informal settlements 

By: Samantha Herbst     25th January 2013 The Democratic Alliance (DA), in collaboration with solar panel installation company Energy Systems Africa (ES Africa), has launched a campaign to provide solar light and energy for informal settlements in Gauteng and, eventually, to the rest of South Africa. Seventy-three pilot solar power units... 

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