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Wind News

IPP Office says next renewables bid window by end Jan ‘latest’, but possibly before year-end 

By: Terence Creamer     17th September 2020 The head of South Africa’s Independent Power Producer (IPP) Office, which performs the IPP procurement function on behalf of the Department of Mineral Resources and Energy (DMRE), says discussions are under way with the department to finalise the roll-out plan for the Section 34 determination... 

Brand new 33 MW Western Cape wind farm connects to grid

By: Terence Creamer     16th September 2020 The 33 MW Excelsior Wind Energy Facility, in the Western Cape, has been connected to South Africa’s load-shedding-prone national grid, with all 13 of its wind turbines having been successfully commissioned. The facility is believed to be the first Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer... 

Brand new 33 MW Western Cape wind farm connects to grid
BioTherm Energy's 33 MW Excelsior Wind Energy Facility

Windaba to be hosted virtually, offer online business platform

By: Marleny Arnoldi     15th September 2020 The yearly Windaba conference will take place virtually this year on October 26 and 27. The renewable energy sector and its stakeholders will also gather on the Windaba 2020 Virtual Marketplace platform to unpack the role of the industry in the energy transition for the decade ahead.  

Renewable energy could be light at end of load-shedding tunnel, says SAWEA

By: Donna Slater     15th September 2020 Local wind energy lobby organisation the South African Wind Energy Association (SAWEA) reports that, as South Africa continues to struggle with the crippling effects of prolonged load-shedding, recent indicators point to a “light at the end of the tunnel that is lit by renewable energy”. As... 

Renewable-energy masterplan process advancing

By: Creamer Media Reporter      11th September 2020 Work on  the South African Renewable Energy Masterplan (SAREM) is officially under way, with the first industry working group meeting having taken place on August 26. SAREM is one of 14 industry specific masterplans being developed under the Department of Trade, Industry and Competition (DTIC’s)... 

Renewable-energy masterplan process advancing

Mantashe says Nersa’s concurrence with determination opens way for procurement of 11 813 MW of new power 

By: Terence Creamer     10th September 2020 Mineral Resources and Energy Minister Gwede Mantashe reported on Thursday the National Energy Regulator of South Africa (Nersa) had provided its concurrence to a Section 34 Ministerial Determination, issued in February, which opened the way for the procurement of  11 813 MW of new electricity... 

Mantashe says Nersa’s concurrence with determination opens way for procurement of 11 813 MW of new power
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Mineral Resources and Energy Minister Gwede Mantashe

Opinion: Wake up, the sun is shining

3rd September 2020 In this opinion piece, South African Photovoltaic Industry Association (SAPVIA) chairperson Wido Schnabel writes that the country has everything it needs to not only work its way out of the recession that is coming, but to actually improve the situation for every individual and elevate the... 

Opinion: Wake up, the sun is shining

Opinion: Can the private sector deliver government’s proposed infrastructure plan?

1st September 2020 In this opinion article, Vantage GreenX MD Alastair Campbell, who spent 25 years as an investment banker and who manages the R5-billion GreenX Debt Funds, says the renewables programme has proved that the private sector will invest in South African infrastructure once policy certainty is... 

Opinion: Can the private sector deliver government’s proposed infrastructure plan?
Alastair Campbell

Etion Create selected as one of the preferred suppliers in the UK-based Sofia offshore wind farm project

By: Natasha Odendaal     26th August 2020 Advanced electronics equipment original design manufacturer Etion Create has secured a contract to supply its VF360 OpenVPX boards for the core computing units (CCUs) installed in the one of the world’s largest offshore wind farm projects. The Sofia offshore wind farm, 100% owned by German... 

Global wind body urges South Africa to explore ‘excellent’ offshore wind potential 

By: Terence Creamer     21st August 2020 The Global Wind Energy Council (GWEC) says that, while South Africa has strong onshore wind potential, it would nevertheless encourage domestic policymakers to begin creating the framework for an offshore wind industry given the country’s “excellent” offshore wind-energy potential. The World Bank... 

 Global wind body urges South Africa to explore ‘excellent’ offshore wind potential
South Africa's offshore wind resource

Noncarbon future epitomises ideal energy mix

By: Mamaili Mamaila     21st August 2020 In about 2060, the ideal energy mix would be one with only non-carbon sources, such as wind, solar, pumped hydro and hydrogen, says global energy advisory UL. 

Noncarbon future epitomises ideal  energy mix
JAMES TRUDEAU It is “very critical” that Eskom increases its energy storage capacities to support a more diversified energy portfolio

Microgrid solutions could combat load-shedding

By: Mamaili Mamaila     21st August 2020 Microgrid solutions with battery energy storage systems are ideal to ensure stable and sustainable power by harnessing solar and other renewable energy resources, says technology solutions provider Hitachi ABB Power Grids. 

Microgrid solutions could combat load-shedding
GREEN ENERGY SOLUTIONS Hitachi ABB’s intelligent solutions for a more dynamic grid will also contribute to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goal 7 of affordable, reliable and clean energy

Eskom fully supports South Africa’s lower-carbon trajectory

By: Mamaili Mamaila     21st August 2020 The Integrated Resource Plan 2019 (IRP 2019) signals an important move to a range of fuel options for power generation in South Africa, which State-owned power utility Eskom supports. 

Eskom fully supports South Africa’s lower-carbon trajectory
PHASING IN THE GREEN Eskom proposes to continue adopting a phased and prioritised approach to achieve compliance to the Minimum Emission Standards regarding particulate matter

Report reveals minigrid benefits for Africa

By: Donna Slater     14th August 2020 Minigrid electricity developer industry association, the Africa Minigrids Developers Association (Amda), on August 13 launched its 'Benchmarking Africa’s Minigrids' report, which finds that minigrids outperform utilities in terms of affordability, with average installed costs of $733 a... 

Opinion: Unpacking pertinent questions related to municipalities procuring power from IPPs 

14th August 2020 In this opinion piece, South African Wind Energy Association (SAWEA) CEO Ntombifuthu Ntuli writes about questions that need to be addressed as the regulatory environment becomes more conducive for municipalities to procure power directly from independent power producers (IPPs). Draft amendments... 

Opinion: Unpacking pertinent questions related to municipalities procuring power from IPPs
SAWEA CEO Ntombifuthi Ntuli

Sasol sets sights on large-scale renewables procurement as it pulls trigger on embedded generation projects  

By: Terence Creamer     4th August 2020 Chemicals and energy group Sasol intends issuing, during its current financial year, a request for proposals (RFP) for wind and solar projects with a combined capacity of between 200 MW and 300 MW having received a strong response to a market-testing request for information (RFI) issued in May.... 

Sasol sets sights on large-scale renewables procurement as it pulls trigger on embedded generation projects
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Sasol's Secunda complex stands in the background with power lines in the foreground

Opinion: Could Eskom be repurposed to become training ground for the energy transition?

By: Tobias Bischof-Niemz     31st July 2020 One of the most common remedies proposed for addressing Eskom’s financial and operational problems is that of reducing jobs at the state-owned utility. The argument is premised on the view that Eskom is massively overstaffed and that its headcount should, thus, be reduced to help lower costs and... 

Opinion: Could Eskom be repurposed to become training ground for the energy transition?

Creecy moves ahead with plan to declare coal and gold towns as renewables zones 

By: Terence Creamer     21st July 2020 Environment, Forestry and Fisheries Minister Barbara Creecy has called for public comment on government’s intention to add three more Renewable Energy Development Zones (REDZs) to the eight that have already been proclaimed for the purpose. Renewable-energy projects located within the boundaries... 

Creecy moves ahead with plan to declare coal and gold towns as renewables zones

Mantashe agrees to creation of engagement forum with renewables stakeholders 

By: Terence Creamer     16th July 2020 Mineral Resources and Energy Minister Gwede Mantashe met with renewable-energy stakeholders on Thursday in an effort to build trust, improve communication and reduce obstacles to the roll-out of renewable energy in South Africa. The virtual meeting proceeded despite the fact that the Minister had... 

Mantashe agrees to creation of engagement forum with renewables stakeholders
Photo by Creamer Media's Donna Slater
Mineral Resources and Energy Minister Gwede Mantashe

South Africa urged to recycle more of its copper scrap

By: Donna Slater     10th July 2020 Given limited domestic copper production, South Africa should prioritise the recycling of copper scrap to ensure there remains sufficient stock as the economy changes to be more energy efficient and less reliant on fossil fuels, Copper Development Association Africa (CDAA) executive chairperson... 

Shift from high- to low-carbon must be systematic and just – Mantashe  

By: Terence Creamer     9th July 2020 South Africa’s Mineral Resources and Energy Minister, Gwede Mantashe, used the platform created by the International Energy Agency (IEA) Clean Energy Transitions Summit on July 9 to stress that South Africa’s shift from a high-carbon to a low-carbon path needed to be both systematic and just.... 

Shift from high- to low-carbon must be systematic and just – Mantashe
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Mineral Resources and Energy Minister Gwede Mantashe

Clean energy should be at ‘core’ of Covid-19 stimulus plans – Guterres 

By: Terence Creamer     9th July 2020 United Nations secretary-general António Guterres appealed to governments on Thursday to place the transition from fossil fuels to clean energy at the “core” of their Covid-19 economic recovery spending. Guterres also used the platform created by the International Energy Agency (IEA) Clean Energy... 

Clean energy should be at ‘core’ of Covid-19 stimulus plans – Guterres
United Nations secretary-general António Guterres

African countries urged to allocate 25% of stimulus spending to renewable energy 

By: Terence Creamer     8th July 2020 African countries should aim to invest 25% of their Covid-19 stimulus budgets in renewable energy, Sustainable Energy for All CEO Damilola Ogunbiyi said on Wednesday, noting that renewable energy had emerged as the cheapest source of new electricity for most countries on the continent. Speaking... 

African countries urged to allocate 25% of stimulus spending to renewable energy

Nersa to provide concurrence on technology-specific determination this month 

By: Terence Creamer     2nd July 2020 The National Energy Regulator of South Africa indicated on Thursday that it intended providing concurrence this month for a Ministerial determination that would open the way for the procurement of new electricity generation capacity in line with allocations contained in the 2019 edition of the... 

Nersa to provide concurrence on technology-specific determination this month

Economic opportunity of South Africa’s energy transition akin to new ‘gold rush’

By: Terence Creamer     30th June 2020 South Africa’s energy transition from coal to cleaner energy carries an economic opportunity equivalent to the discovery of gold in the country more than a century ago, a new South African National Energy Association (Sanea) report argues. Published on June 30, the ‘South African Energy Risk... 

Economic opportunity of South Africa’s energy transition akin to new ‘gold rush’

Green hydrogen opportunity for South Africa to drive economic recovery

By: Simone Liedtke     29th June 2020 The opportunity for South Africa to couple its renewable energy economic stimulus to non-electricity prospects presents the possibility for a new power export market, which can be laid now. The economic and energy benefits of green hydrogen is one of the many prospects discussed during the recent... 

Green hydrogen opportunity for South Africa to drive economic recovery
Hulisani CEO Marubini Raphulu

Jobs in renewable energy could triple to 30m by 2030 - Irena

By: Marleny Arnoldi     24th June 2020 The International Renewable Energy Agency (Irena) says that, with the right investment from the private sector globally, jobs in renewable energy can triple to 30-million by 2030. It points out that, with every $1-million invested in renewables, it creates three times more jobs than in fossil fuels. 

Jobs in renewable energy could triple to 30m by 2030 - Irena

3D printed wind turbines to improve access to, cost of renewable energy

By: Simone Liedtke     24th June 2020 GE Renewable Energy, three-dimensional (3D) construction printing company Cobod and building materials and solutions provider LafargeHolcim have partnered to co-develop wind turbines with optimised 3D printing concrete bases and which reach record heights of up to 200 m. The three partners will... 

Perdekraal East Wind Farm on track for grid connection by end-July

By: Marleny Arnoldi     24th June 2020 The main transformer for the 110 MW Perdekraal East Wind Farm, in the Western Cape, has arrived by road transportation from Pretoria, marking another important milestone in the project's construction. The 500 MVA megatransformer was locally manufactured, which added to the wind farm’s local... 

Perdekraal East Wind Farm on track for grid connection by end-July
Perdekraal East Wind Farm receives its main transformer by road transportation

Next renewables bidding round to be launched only in second quarter of 2021   

By: Terence Creamer     23rd June 2020 The new head of South Africa’s Independent Power Producers Office (IPPO), Tshifhiwa Bernard Magoro, reported on Tuesday that the next bidding round for the procurement of utility scale renewable-energy projects, often referred to as Bid Window 5, would be launched only in the second quarter of... 

Next renewables bidding round to be launched only in second quarter of 2021
Photo by Creamer Media's Donna Slater
Tshifhiwa Bernard Magoro

Renewables statistics point to slow response to South Africa’s power constraints 

By: Terence Creamer     22nd June 2020 New statistics released by the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) Energy Centre show that South Africa added only 100 MW of additional utility scale renewable-energy capacity in 2019, despite supply-side constraints and an intensive period of load-shedding. In fact, the report... 

Renewables statistics point to slow response to South Africa’s power constraints

South Africa must rapidly implement measures to attract FDI − Leon 

By: Simone Liedtke     10th June 2020 The South African economy finds itself on the edge of a fiscal cliff, especially as the Covid-19 pandemic has caused a “massive and rapid shock”, says law firm Herbert Smith Freehills partner and Africa co-chair Peter Leon. While the effects of the pandemic were initially localised to Asia,... 

South Africa must rapidly implement measures to attract FDI − Leon
Herbert Smith Freehills partner and Africa co-chair Peter Leon discusses the fiscal cliff edge that the South African economy finds itself on, and highlights some potential measures that can attract FDI into the country. Video: Creamer Media's Kutlwano Matlala. Editing: Creamer Media's Nicholas Boyd.

‘Remarkable’ rise in renewables value for money as costs continue to fall 

By: Terence Creamer     10th June 2020 A narrow focus on the monetary value of yearly renewables investments is masking the “remarkable” improvement in value for money that has accompanied the sharp decline in solar photovoltaic (PV) and onshore wind costs since 2010. International Renewable Energy Agency (Irena) senior analyst... 

‘Remarkable’ rise in renewables value for money as costs continue to fall

Investec backs Pele Green Energy to expand in wind and solar

By: Bloomberg     9th June 2020 Pele Green Energy plans to expand its wind and solar projects in Africa after raising capital with the help of Investec, a South African and UK specialist bank. The first round of financing was arranged through a preference-share funding arrangement that will invest in project equity and working... 

Accelerated renewables roll-out ‘one of the few substantial recovery opportunities’ open to South Africa

By: Terence Creamer     4th June 2020 The South African government is being urged to accelerate the implementation of its renewable-energy-heavy Integrated Resource Plan 2019 (IRP 2019) as part of the country’s post-Covid-19 economic recovery package. Meridian Economics MD Dr Grové Steyn, who is currently modelling the economic... 

Accelerated renewables roll-out ‘one of the few substantial recovery opportunities’ open to South Africa

Placing green stimulus at heart of South Africa’s postpandemic recovery would yield big co-benefits 

By: Terence Creamer     4th June 2020 South Africa’s medium-term response to the Covid-19 pandemic provides a unique opportunity to reset the country’s unsustainable development pathway by fostering a “green recovery” that improves electricity and water security and creates jobs, Trade & Industrial Policy Strategies senior economist... 

Placing green stimulus at heart of South Africa’s postpandemic recovery would yield big co-benefits
Gaylor Montmasson-Clair

Responsible sourcing of critical minerals in focus as energy transition drives up demand

By: Terence Creamer     3rd June 2020 The accelerating pace and scale of the global clean-energy transition is poised to dramatically increase demand for critical energy minerals and metals, from aluminium to zirconium, with implications not only for the resources sector, but for geopolitics. The future energy system will be far more... 

Responsible sourcing of critical minerals in focus as energy transition drives up demand
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