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Wind News

Agreement inked to develop hydrogen recycling of end-of-life wind turbine magnets

By: Donna Slater     25th January 2022 Magnet metal and rare earths miner Pensana has signed a cooperation agreement with oil, gas and wind power company Equinor, forming a working group to share technical and commercial information to develop a low-energy method for recycling end-of-life magnets at Pensana’s rare earths hub in the... 

Firms and households tap rooftop power as load-shedding risk lingers

By: Natasha Odendaal     21st January 2022 Improving technologies, which reduce deployment costs, as well as lower tariffs and thousands of hours of sunshine every year, along with the continued challenges of State-owned power utility Eskom’s load-shedding, will likely drive more citizens and businesses to adopt solar photovoltaic (PV)... 

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Sefa provides $1m to support Botswana's energy transition

By: Schalk Burger     7th January 2022 The Sustainable Energy Fund for Africa (Sefa), managed by development finance institution the African Development Bank (AfDB), has approved a $1-million grant to facilitate Botswana’s transition to clean energy. The technical assistance project supports the government of Botswana in closing... 

REIPPPP Bid Window 5 to provide important link in local value chain

By: Donna Slater     15th December 2021 Wind turbine original-equipment manufacturer (OEM) Nordex Energy South Africa sees Bid Window 5 (BW5) of the Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer Procurement Programme (REIPPPP) as an important link in driving the local value chain, saying it will directly stimulate the domestic job... 

An image of Nordex Energy South Africa's Prieska-based concrete wind turbine tower manufacturing facility
Nordex Energy South Africa's Prieska-based concrete wind turbine tower manufacturing facility

Scatec to deliver two hybrid energy plants in Cameroon

By: Simone Liedtke     13th December 2021 Renewable energy company Scatec has entered into a lease agreement with electricity company Eneo in Cameroon to deliver two hybrid solar and storage plants totalling 36 MW solar and 20 MW/19 MWh storage. The plants will supply low-cost, clean and reliable electricity in Maroua and Guider in the... 

1.27 GW of new, clean power supplied to S Africa

10th December 2021 Global wind and solar company Mainstream Renewable Power (RP) announced in October that 12 of its projects have won preferred bidder status in round five of South Africa’s Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer Procurement Programme (REIPPPP). The wind and solar projects, which have a total... 

Mainstream RP GM Hein Reyneke
HEIN REYNEKE The latest REIPPPP awards reflected Mainstream's delivery record in South Africa and Chile

Renewable-energy projects create economic, power growth

By: Theresa Bhowan-Rajah     10th December 2021 Renewable power generation company Lekela Power says its projects have grown from the 80 MW produced from wind farms in Noupoort, in the Northern Cape of South Africa, in 2016, to more than 1 GW. “In South Africa, through the various rounds of the Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer... 

wind turbine at Noupoort wind farm in the Nothern cape
BEST OF THE BEST Lekela Power has invested in five projects of up to 620 MW of generation through wind farms across the country

Bid Window 5 bidders announced

10th December 2021 Last month, the Department of Mineral Resources and Energy (DMRE) announced the preferred bidders for Bid Window 5 of the Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer Procurement Programme (REIPPPP). This will see just short of 2 600 MW of new generation capacity being developed by independent... 

wind farm turbine behind flowers
CLEAN BLOWING Wind and solar power bids weighted an average bid price for this round at R473.94/MWh, indicating the affordability of green electricity

Multiple energy projects meet industry demands

By: Theresa Bhowan-Rajah     10th December 2021 Renewable-energy provider Africa Clean Energy Solutions (ACES) Renewables is developing multiple renewable-energy projects across South Africa. “We are developing a 10 MW biomass plant, in Mpumalanga, which will provide power for the surrounding mines in the area. We are also developing a 2.8 MW... 

ACES Renewables technical project manager Tumelo Lekalakala
TUMELO LEKALAKALA Considering the location of these projects, ACES Renewables intends to supply renewable energy to industrial, manufacturing and mining sectors

Scatec awarded A-rating by CDP for tackling climate change

By: Donna Slater     8th December 2021 Renewable power producer Scatec has been placed on global environmental nonprofit organisation Carbon Disclosure Project’s (CDP’s) prestigious A-list for its corporate sustainability efforts in tackling climate change The company is among a few high-performing companies out of almost 12 000 that... 

Portfolio committee agrees on in-principle terms of reference for RMIPPPP inquiry

By: Donna Slater     8th December 2021 The Portfolio Committee on Mineral Resources and Energy has resolved, in principle, on the terms of reference that will guide an inquiry into allegations of corruption and malfeasance during the process of appointing preferred bidders in the Risk Mitigation Independent Power Producer Procurement... 

Gas-powered electricity generation not South Africa’s best bet for the long term –WWF

By: Donna Slater     6th December 2021 The attractiveness of renewable energy, even in the face of using gas as a bridging fuel to take off from where coal is being disused, is continuing to increase, the World Wide Fund for Nature senior climate specialist James Reeler has said. During a webinar titled ‘Fossil gas: decarbonisation... 

Garob Wind Farm successfully commissioned

By: Marleny Arnoldi     6th December 2021 The Garob Wind Farm, in the Siyathemba municipality of the Northern Cape, has successfully started commercial operations. The 145 MW facility was awarded to Enel Green Power South Africa in April 2015 as part of Bid Window 4 of the Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer Procurement Programme. 

Faster-than-ever renewable electricity growth supports emergence of a new global energy economy 

By: Simone Liedtke     1st December 2021 Stronger policies and raised climate goals leading into COP26 are driving renewables to new records, but faster deployment across all key sectors is needed to reach net zero, the International Energy Agency (IEA) says in a new report. It adds that the growth of the world’s capacity to generate... 

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Mainstream raises additional €90m

By: Schalk Burger     29th November 2021 Wind and solar power multinational Mainstream Renewable Power raised €90-million in additional funding to accelerate new market entries and the build-out of gigawatt-scale wind and solar assets across Latin America, Africa and the Asia Pacific region, the company said on November 29. The funding... 

Rigging qualifications awarded to youth

26th November 2021 Last month, Italian energy company Enel Green Power South Africa (EGP RSA) announced that it had decided to help 20 unemployed youngsters from the Raymond Mhlaba district in the Eastern Cape acquire basic rigging skills. Ten young men and ten young women completed a five-day course, which... 

A photo of Nxuba Wind Farm turbines at sunset with a South African flag attached to one of the turbines
NXUBA WIND FARM With Nxuba located in an isolated farm area, Enel aims to have a tangible impact on the lives of local community members

Minerals Council members could deliver up to 3 900 MW of supplementary electricity supply  

By: Simone Liedtke     23rd November 2021 Minerals Council South Africa member companies could deliver up to 3 900 MW of renewable energy projects worth an estimated R60-billion, which, if built, would relieve pressure on State-owned power utility Eskom and go a long way towards meeting the industry’s commitment to achieve net-zero... 

Pic of SA flag fading into solar panels

Earth & Wire, Vestas to cooperate on South African renewables projects

By: Schalk Burger     22nd November 2021 Independent power producer Earth & Wire has signed a letter of intent to launch a co-development cooperation programme with wind power manufacturer Vestas as a key part in the overall development of Earth & Wire's portfolio of renewable energy projects in South Africa. The portfolio comprises... 

Eskom not holding up RMIPPPP projects, De Ruyter insists 

By: Terence Creamer     19th November 2021 Eskom CEO Andre de Ruyter has denied that the utility is delaying the introduction of new electricity capacity procured under the Risk Mitigation Independent Power Producer Procurement Programme (RMIPPPP), as suggested by Minerals Resources and Energy Minister Gwede Mantashe in a recent... 

Eskom CEO Andre de Ruyter
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Eskom CEO Andre de Ruyter

Final industrial masterplan for renewables expected by March 

By: Terence Creamer     18th November 2021 The South African Renewable Energy Masterplan (SAREM) is expected to be finalised for adoption before the end of March, following which it will become the country’s implementation plan for the industrialisation of the renewables value chain. Work is still under way to achieve consensus between... 

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EDF Renewables South Africa secures three wind projects in BW 5

By: Marleny Arnoldi     15th November 2021 The South African subsidiary of global energy company EDF Renewables has been awarded three wind energy projects in Bid Window 5 (BW 5) of the Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer Procurement Programme. EDF Renewables South Africa has been awarded participation in nearly 800 MW of projects... 

EDF Renewables wind farm
An EDF Renewables wind farm

CSIR says fall in renewables tariffs points to need for higher deployments 

By: Terence Creamer     12th November 2021 The Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) says the tariffs achieved during the fifth bid window of the Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer Procurement Programme (REIPPPP) confirm its previous analysis showing that renewable energy is the lowest cost generation option... 

Figure showing the fall in renewable energy tariffs in South Africa

R130bn climate deal can be leveraged for R500bn clean energy shift, says RMB

By: Schalk Burger     9th November 2021 The R130-billion concessional climate finance green deal South Africa signed at COP26 could translate into a R500-billion boost to help South Africa’s just energy transition to decarbonise its sources of energy, says financial services firm RMB CEO James Formby. “We are yet to see the details... 

Fieldstone appoints renewable energy stalwart Breytenbach as senior expert

By: Donna Slater     9th November 2021 Energy and infrastructure focused investment bank Fieldstone has appointed Karèn Breytenbach as senior expert in energy and public-private partnership (PPP) systems. She has been involved in energy and private investment in public projects over the past quarter century and is renowned for her... 

An image of Karèn Breytenbach
Photo by Creamer Media's Donna Slater
Fieldstone's incoming energy and public-private partnership systems senior expert Karèn Breytenbach

SAWEA supports $8.5bn green financing deal

By: Donna Slater     8th November 2021 The South African Wind Energy Association (SAWEA) says it supports the first-of-its-kind $8.5-billion green financing deal announced at the COP26 climate talks earlier in November. SAWEA, on behalf of the wind power industry and South Africa’s broader renewable energy sector, says this deal –... 

SAWEA board member Mark Tanton
SAWEA board member Mark Tanton

South Africans need to be willing to change their ways if country is to address climate change 

By: Schalk Burger     8th November 2021 Addressing climate change will not be achieved without a massive willingness to change how South Africans currently do their jobs and live their lives, and will require unprecedented innovation, says business organisation Business Leadership South Africa CEO Busi Mavuso. "The challenge is that... 

South African Investment Conference moved to March  

By: Schalk Burger     8th November 2021 President Cyril Ramaphosa, in his weekly letter, said the fourth South African Investment Conference, which would have been held this month has been moved to March next year owing to several events, including the local government elections, the Conference of the Parties (COP26) climate conference... 

A photo of President Cyril Ramaphosa
President Cyril Ramaphosa

Namibia selects preferred bidder for pioneering $9.4bn green hydrogen project 

By: Terence Creamer     5th November 2021 The Namibian government has stolen a hydrogen march on its larger neighbour South Africa announcing at COP26 the selection of HYPHEN Hydrogen Energy as the preferred bidder for a $9.4-billion green hydrogen project to be developed in the Tsau //Khaeb National Park, near the coastal town of... 

Artist impressions of components of the HYPHEN green hydrogen project planned for Namibia
Artist impressions of components of the HYPHEN green hydrogen project planned for Namibia

Exxaro is open for green business as it participates in COP26

By: Marleny Arnoldi     5th November 2021 Diversified miner Exxaro Resources, geared with both a Sustainable Growth and Impact Strategy and A Climate Change Response Strategy, hopes to garner investor interest at this year’s COP26 climate change summit.    The company has been setting out to become a principal driver of the just energy... 

A photo of Exxaro stakeholder affairs executive head Mzila Mthenjane
Exxaro stakeholder affairs executive head Mzila Mthenjane

Urgent need to address grid constraints in high-yield renewables areas - Magoro 

By: Terence Creamer     3rd November 2021 Grid constraints in South Africa’s high-yield renewable-energy areas need to be addressed urgently, Independent Power Producer (IPP) Office CEO Bernard Magoro has again warned. Reflecting on the lessons learned from the most recent renewables procurement round during a Power Futures Lab webinar,... 

IPP Office CEO Bernard Magoro
IPP Office CEO Bernard Magoro

Ikamva consortium to build 1.27 GW of new wind, solar in South Africa

By: Schalk Burger     3rd November 2021 Wind and solar power consortium Ikamva will build 12 new wind and solar projects with a combined capacity of 1.27 GW have won preferred bidder status in Bid Window (BW) 5 of South Africa’s Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer Procurement Programme (REIPPPP). The 12 projects, across onshore... 

Wind, solar organisations form Global Renewable Energy Alliance

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     2nd November 2021 A new global renewable energy alliance between the wind energy and solar photovoltaic (PV) industries is calling on governments to implement energy transition action plans and cut red tape to meet net-zero targets. A joint study by industry organisations the Global Solar Council and the Global... 

Grimbeek reappointed as SAWEA chair

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     2nd November 2021 Industry organisation the South African Wind Energy Association (SAWEA) has announced the reappointment of Mercia Grimbeek as chair for a second two-year term. Grimbeek, who has served on the board of governance since 2018, has been part of South Africa’s renewable energy sector since its... 

SAWEA welcomes 1 600 MW of onshore wind projects to be procured under REIPPPP bid window 5

By: Schalk Burger     29th October 2021 The South African Wind Energy Association (SAWEA) has welcomed the announcement that 12 onshore wind projects have been included in Bid Window 5 (BW5) of the Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer Procurement Programme (REIPPPP). The Department of Mineral Resources and Energy (DMRE) on... 

Mantashe announces well priced round five renewables projects ending long hiatus  

By: Terence Creamer     28th October 2021 Mineral Resources and Energy Minister Gwede Mantashe finally ended a destructive near seven-year disruption to the procurement of renewable energy in South Africa, when he announced the names of 25 wind and solar preferred bidders on Thursday night. The bidders are expected to build  2 583 MW of... 

Mineral Resources and Energy Minister Gwede Mantashe
Photo by Creamer Media's Donna Slater
Mineral Resources and Energy Minister Gwede Mantashe

SAWEA urges industry members, stakeholders to support global net-zero push

By: Schalk Burger     26th October 2021 Industry organisation the South African Wind Energy Association (SAWEA) urges key stakeholders, including governments, economies and communities, to put policies in place that will raise ambitions and remove barriers to the massive scale up in investments in wind power to help reach global... 

Just Energy Transition to result in 300 000 new energy jobs over ten years – De Ruyter

By: Donna Slater     22nd October 2021 Ongoing analysis and work done by various groups into the so-called Just Energy Transition (JET) points to the potential creation of 300 000 direct, indirect and induced jobs in South Africa’s electricity sector over the next decade, Eskom CEO Andre de Ruyter said on October 22. He added that... 

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