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Renewable energy associations host capacity-building webinar ahead of fifth Bid Window

By: Donna Slater     21st July 2021 As role-players in South Africa’s renewable energy sector gear up to make submissions in Bid Window 5 (BW 5) of the Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer Procurement Programme (REIPPPP), the South African Wind Energy Association (SAWEA) and the South African Photovoltaic Industry... 

Enel Green Power’s overall installed capacity in South Africa rises above 800 MW

By: Simone Liedtke     21st July 2021 Every year, the now completed Oyster Bay wind farm will generate over 568 GWh and prevent 590 000 t of carbon dioxide (CO²) from being emitted into the atmosphere. The project brings the number of operational Enel Green Power South Africa wind and solar sites in South Africa to nine, with an... 

Western Cape making progress on pioneering municipal power projects 

By: Terence Creamer     21st July 2021 The Western Cape provincial government is currently evaluating responses to a request for information (RFI) issued by the Department of Economic Development and Tourism to assess the potential for renewable-energy projects in six municipalities included as part of its Municipal Energy Resilience... 

Image of solar rooftops with a Cape mountain in the background

IEA report points to growth in global electricity demand this year

By: Donna Slater     15th July 2021 The International Energy Agency (IEA) expects global electricity demand to rebound strongly this year and next. Electricity demand decreased by about 1% in 2020, but is expected to grow by 5% this year and by 4% in 2022, a new IEA report shows.  

Kenya’s Kipeto wind plant reaches commercial operation

By: Marleny Arnoldi     6th July 2021 Kenya-based Kipeto Energy has completed construction of the 100 MW Kipeto wind farm, in the Kajiado county, in Kenya. The project’s 60 wind turbines are producing power for the national grid.  

Kipeto wind farm, in Kenya
Kipeto wind farm, in Kenya

Opinion: Cheap renewables offer the key to universal electricity access in Africa

6th July 2021 In this opinion article, co-authored by European Commission executive vice president Frans Timmermans and International Energy Agency executive director Fatih Birol, it is argued that to make energy poverty history in Africa the whole world will need to work in concert to end funding for coal... 

European Commission executive VP Frans Timmerman
European Commission executive VP Frans Timmerman

Sasol, IDC team up to stimulate South Africa’s green-hydrogen industry 

By: Terence Creamer     5th July 2021 JSE-listed Sasol and the State-owned Industrial Development Corporation (IDC) have signed a memorandum of cooperation to jointly advance South Africa’s green-hydrogen economy. In a joint statement, the two companies said the memorandum recognised that South Africa was in a unique position to... 

Power lines with Sasol's Secunda complex in the background
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Power lines with Sasol's Secunda complex in the background

Britain to accelerate its phase-out of coal-fired power stations

By: Rebecca Campbell     30th June 2021 The UK government announced on Wednesday that the phasing out of the use of coal to generate electricity in Great Britain will be brought forward by a full year, to October 2024. (The only coal-fired power plant in Northern Ireland was already scheduled to close by 2024.) This is part of the... 

New learning hub aims to equip social practitioners to raise impact of IPP upliftment programmes 

By: Terence Creamer     30th June 2021 A new learning and innovation hub to develop the skills and knowledge of social-performance practitioners in South Africa’s renewable-energy sector has been officially launched. Known as the Initiative for Social Performance in Renewable Energy, or INSPIRE, the venture aims to improving the... 

New learning hub aims to equip social practitioners to raise impact of IPP upliftment programmes

Hydropower important for storage, just transition to low-carbon electricity – IEA

By: Schalk Burger     30th June 2021 Hydropower's role in achieving a clean energy transition and in supporting the faster expansion of solar and wind generation capacity, is undervalued, the International Energy Agency's (IEA's) inaugural 'Hydropower Special Market' report states. Hydropower has a key role in the transition to... 

Hydropower important for storage, just transition to low-carbon electricity – IEA

Company provides energy storage for hospital

By: Anna Moross     25th June 2021 Solar energy company SustainSolar has completed the supply of its battery energy storage system to the Cecilia Makiwane Hospital in East London, in the Eastern Cape.  

BATTERY ENERGY STORAGE 
The aim of the project – successfully completed at the end of March this year – is to alleviate healthcare pressure at the hospital during the Covid-19 pandemic
BATTERY ENERGY STORAGE The aim of the project – successfully completed at the end of March this year – is to alleviate healthcare pressure at the hospital during the Covid-19 pandemic

Decentralised power projects on a positive trajectory, says Nedbank CIB’s Peo

By: Donna Slater     24th June 2021 The South Africa power sector is undergoing a major shift towards decentralised power projects as a “massive energy crisis” grips the country, says Nedbank Corporate and Investment Banking (CIB) infrastructure, energy and telecommunications head Mike Peo. Speaking during an Infrastructure Africa... 

New global costs report confirms new renewables are undercutting existing coal 

By: Terence Creamer     22nd June 2021 The cost of electricity from new solar and wind plants is increasingly undercutting the operating costs alone of existing coal‑fired power plants and strengthening the case for their early retirement, a newly released International Renewable Energy Agency (Irena) report confirms. Published on... 

New global costs report confirms new renewables are undercutting existing coal

Aref II secures almost half of targeted capitalisation

By: Marleny Arnoldi     18th June 2021 The Africa Renewable Energy Fund (Aref) II has concluded its first close at €130-million, following a joint investment of €17.5-million from The Sustainable Energy Fund for Africa and the Climate Technology Fund through the African Development Bank (AfDB). Aref II, a successor to the original... 

Fourth international WindAc Africa conference to be held in October

By: Simone Liedtke     15th June 2021 The South African Wind Energy Association (SAWEA) will host the fourth international academic wind energy conference – WindAc Africa 2021 – at the South African Renewable Energy Technology Centre’s conference centre, in Cape Town, from October 5 to 7. This academic exchange platform offers a... 

SAWEA CEO Ntombifuthi Ntuli
SAWEA CEO Ntombifuthi Ntuli

Global stock-taking report points to only modest renewables gains in total final energy consumption 

By: Terence Creamer     15th June 2021 A new international stock-take of the global transition to renewable energy highlights an “alarming gap between targets and actions” with the share of fossil fuels in energy consumption failing to decrease for the tenth consecutive year in 2020, despite a 4% Covid-linked fall in demand. Published... 

Global stock-taking report points to only modest renewables gains in total final energy consumption

South Africa on its way to decentralised power system – SAWEA

By: Simone Liedtke     11th June 2021 The South African Wind Energy Association (SAWEA) has welcomed President Cyril Ramaphosa’s announcement that the licensing-exemption threshold for companies to produce their own electricity will be increased from 1 MW to 100 MW. SAWEA says it views this as another indication the country is well... 

Wind industry committed to cooperating with govt to address the current power crisis

By: Simone Liedtke     9th June 2021 The South African Wind Energy Association (SAWEA) has welcomed the call from government to procure additional wind and solar energy from independent power producers (IPPs) to supply, over and above, what is currently allowed under their existing power purchase agreements (PPAs). SAWEA has engaged... 

Wind industry committed to cooperating with govt to address the current power crisis

Wind could produce affordable green hydrogen by 2030, Siemens Gamesa says

By: Reuters     9th June 2021 Wind power could make it possible to produce hydrogen without emitting greenhouse gases as cheaply as is currently feasible with fossil fuel energy by 2030, turbine maker Siemens Gamesa said in a white paper released on Wednesday. Policymakers see green hydrogen, which is made with renewable... 

Presidency backs hydrogen strategy, as new report confirms viability of ramp-up to 3.8mt/y by 2050 

By: Terence Creamer     8th June 2021 Green hydrogen has been identified by The Presidency as the first of five ‘Big Frontier’ strategic investment opportunities and will be directly involved in the finalisation of a much-anticipated ‘Hydrogen Strategy and Investor Roadmap’ Infrastructure & Investment Office head, Dr Kgosientso... 

The Presidency's Infrastructure & Investment Office head, Dr Kgosientso Ramokgopa
The Presidency's Infrastructure & Investment Office head, Dr Kgosientso Ramokgopa

Renewable energy organisations to host second series of business development webinars

By: Donna Slater     8th June 2021 Following a successful webinar series on business opportunities in the renewable energy sector in 2020, a second series started in May this year in collaboration between the South Africa Wind Energy Association (SAWEA) and the South African Photovoltaic Industry Association (SAPVIA). The 2020... 

Masterplan to position South Africa as ‘globally significant’ renewables manufacturer 

By: Terence Creamer     8th June 2021 Department of Mineral Resources and Energy director-general Advocate Thabo Mokoena reports that government intends using the South African Renewable Energy Masterplan (SAREM), which is currently being drafted, to position the country as a “globally significant” producer of inputs used in... 

Masterplan to position South Africa as ‘globally significant’ renewables manufacturer

New global report highlights growing demand for wind workforce training in South Africa 

By: Terence Creamer     1st June 2021 South Africa is identified in a new international report as one of ten countries where training efforts will need to be intensified and accelerated over the coming five years to match the skills demand that will be created during the construction, installation, operation and maintenance of new... 

New global report highlights growing demand for wind workforce training in South Africa

Competition Tribunal approves two separate renewable energy transactions

By: Donna Slater     28th May 2021 The Competition Tribunal has unconditionally approved two mergers, by the same acquiring firm in the renewable energy sector after determining that both transactions are unlikely to substantially prevent or lessen competition in any relevant market, or have a negative impact on the public... 

Davies calls for a New Deal-style recovery strategy that eschews austerity  

By: Terence Creamer     28th May 2021 Former Trade and Industry Minister Dr Rob Davies is urging the South African government, in which he served as a Cabinet Minister from 2009 to 2019, to implement a New Deal-style recovery programme to address the economic damage arising from both Covid-19 and more than a decade of economic drift.... 

Dr Rob Davies
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Dr Rob Davies

Four energy scenarios that may define Southern Africa’s energy transition

By: Donna Slater     27th May 2021 Four vastly different energy transition scenarios, from very ambitious to the least ambitious, were posited by management advisory Africa International Advisors integrated energy practice leader Henry Gilfillan this week. The four scenarios, presented during a webinar on hydrogen, gas and... 

Following long period of disruption, potential renewables bidders show strong interest in South Africa again 

By: Terence Creamer     26th May 2021 South Africa’s renewable-energy procurement programme, which finally resumed again on April 12 following a seven-year disruption, continues to attract strong interest with some 800 people, including representatives from over 300 registered bidders, participating in a virtual bidders conference on... 

IPP Office head Bernard Magoro speaks during the bidders conference
IPP Office head Bernard Magoro speaks during the bidders conference

Eskom debt solution remains a ‘work in progress’ despite reduction to R401bn 

By: Terence Creamer     25th May 2021 Public Enterprises Minister Pravin Gordhan reported on Tuesday that, while Eskom was able to reduce its debt by R83-billion, from R484-billion to R401-billion, during the 2021 financial year, efforts to find a lasting solution to the State-owned utility’s unsustainable debt remained a “work in... 

Public Enterprises Minister Pravin Gordhan
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Public Enterprises Minister Pravin Gordhan

Critical structural reforms taking too long – BLSA

By: Donna Slater     24th May 2021 The structural reform required to transform South Africa’s economy has “frustratingly” progressed very little, even with the establishment of Operation Vulindlela, Business Leadership South Africa (BLSA) CEO Busi Mavuso asserts. She says organised business has consistently argued that South... 

BLSA CEO Busi Mavuso
Photo by Creamer Media's Donna Slater
BLSA CEO Busi Mavuso

Renewable energy uptake on the rise in South Africa, says Enel Green Power

By: Simone Liedtke     19th May 2021 Renewable energy company Enel Green Power South Africa country manager William Price comments that, despite the delays experienced with the procurement of capacity under the Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer Procurement Programme (REIPPPP), he is not surprised by the country’s... 

Enel Green Power South Africa country manager William Price
Enel Green Power South Africa country manager William Price

Mantashe again swats away calls for 50 MW licence-exemption cap on distributed plants  

By: Terence Creamer     18th May 2021 Mineral Resources and Energy Minister Gwede Mantashe has again swatted aside calls for a 50 MW licence-exemption threshold for distributed-generation plants, describing such calls, which have been made by organised business and even endorsed by Eskom, as “academic” in light of a departmental... 

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

No place for new coal in $5tr/y transition to net-zero by 2050 – IEA study 

By: Terence Creamer     18th May 2021 A new and far-reaching study of how to transition the global energy system to one with net-zero carbon emissions by 2050 highlights the need for a dramatic acceleration in the pace and scale of renewable-energy and grid investment, while simultaneously halting new fossil-fuel supply projects and... 

No place for new coal in $5tr/y transition to net-zero by 2050 – IEA study

SAWEA hails decade of clean energy in the country

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     17th May 2021 May is National Energy Month in South Africa and, as the renewable energy sector commemorates a decade of clean power in the country, industry organisation the South Africa Wind Energy Association (SAWEA) has noted the contribution the country’s operational wind farms are making.  “Energy Month... 

Windaba to return to Cape Town convention centre this year

By: Marleny Arnoldi     10th May 2021 The South African Wind Energy Association (SAWEA) has unveiled the theme for this year’s Windaba conference, ‘Renaissance of the Wind Energy Industry - Delivering Economic Benefits for South Africa’ . The two-day event, which returns to the Cape Town International Convention Centre following a... 

Long delay in dividend flows to renewables-linked community trusts impeding effectiveness 

By: Terence Creamer     6th May 2021 The long lag between the establishment of community trusts that own a portion of the independent power producer (IPP) projects procured through South Africa’s renewables procurement programme and the flow of dividend income into these trusts has been identified in a new research report as a major... 

Long delay in dividend flows to renewables-linked community trusts impeding effectiveness

Successful localisation programme requires consistent renewables procurement pipeline

By: Schalk Burger     6th May 2021 To achieve a successful localisation programme with incremental local content thresholds as part of the Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer Procurement Programme (REIPPPP), a consistent procurement pipeline needs be established, says industry association South Africa Wind Energy... 

IEA report outlines urgent need to accelerate investment in critical minerals needed to drive energy transitions 

By: Terence Creamer     5th May 2021 A new International Energy Agency (IEA) report is warning of a potential supply deficit for some of the ‘critical minerals’ needed to support a global shift in the energy system that is aligned with the Paris Climate Agreement, as well as the growing number of country commitments to cutting... 

IEA report outlines urgent need to accelerate investment in critical minerals needed to drive energy transitions
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