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Apollo Africa MD Jenna Harris
Energy trader reports strong market demand for green electricity from 210 MW Hendrina Wind Farm
20th May 2024 By: Terence Creamer

Newly formed electricity trader Apollo Africa reports that it is experiencing strong demand from potential customers for the renewable electricity that will be produced from the grid-ready 210 MW... 


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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... 


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... 


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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... 


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... 


SAWEA CEO Niveshen Govender
Wind energy critical to bolster energy capacity – SAWEA
3rd May 2024 By: Sabrina Jardim

Despite recent efforts to bolster electricity generation capacity, the path to energy security remains full of obstacles. The integration of renewable energy, particularly wind power, is critical... 


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... 


UK-Morocco renewable energy link plan gets $10.2m boost
30th April 2024 By: Bloomberg

GE Vernova invested $10.2-million in Xlinks First, the UK company planning a massive renewable power project in Morocco and a 4 000 km undersea cable to deliver the energy to Britain. The... 


Wind turbines being erected at one of Koruson 1 sites
EDF Renewables, partners building 1.2 GW of low-carbon power capacity
26th April 2024 By: Darren Parker

EDF Renewables is currently leading the construction of almost 1.2 GW of low-carbon power generation capacity in South Africa, comprised of 763 MW of wind power, 355 MW of solar photovoltaic (PV)... 


IEA executive director Fatih Birol
Tumble in storage battery costs to boost shift to renewables, says IEA
25th April 2024 By: Reuters

An expected sharp fall in battery costs for energy storage in coming years will accelerate the shift to renewable energy from fossil fuels, the International Energy Agency (IEA) said on Thursday.... 


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South Africa aims to set up three JET-aligned skills development zones
24th April 2024 By: Terence Creamer

Three Just Energy Transition (JET) skills development zones focusing on renewables and grids, electric vehicles and green hydrogen value chains are proposed for implementation under the larger JET... 


The Tororo solar plant in Uganda
Red Rocket of South Africa hires Goldman to explore sale option
24th April 2024 By: Bloomberg

Red Rocket, a South African independent power provider, hired Goldman Sachs Group to advise on the next steps for the closely held business – including a possible sale. Shareholders of the Cape... 


wind turbines
SAWEA gearing up for seventh WindAc Africa conference
22nd April 2024 By: Darren Parker

The seventh yearly WindAc Africa conference, organised by the South African Wind Energy Association (SAWEA), is drawing near. It will take place from October 1 to 3 at the Cape Town International... 


Major global utilities announce joint intent to scale renewables capacity by 2030 
19th April 2024 By: Sabrina Jardim

The Utilities for Net Zero Alliance (Uneza) has adopted a roadmap to 2030, targeting a total increase of renewable energy capacity within their portfolios to 749 GW by 2030, an increase of 2.5... 


Efforts to boost local manufacture of renewable energy components
Efforts to boost local manufacture of renewable energy components
19th April 2024 By: Creamer Media Reporter

Engineering News editor Terence Creamer discusses South Africa's plans to stimulate local manufacturing around solar, wind and batteries. 


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Wind industry achieves record year, but more work required to reach renewables target
17th April 2024 By: Tasneem Bulbulia

The global wind industry installed a record 117 GW of new capacity in 2023, making it the best year ever for new wind energy, the Global Wind Energy Council (GWEC) states in its ‘Global Wind Report... 


Two men wearing PPE and safety harnesses working on teh turbines of a wind turbine stack
Wind energy poses increased fall risks
12th April 2024 By: Halima Frost

As the demand for greener energy helps drive the increased uptake of wind energy, the dangers that face workers in the sector are becoming even more evident. As reported by the US Occupational... 


Namibian president Dr Nangolo Mbumba alongside Hyphen CEO Marco Raffinetti
Hyphen deploys MetMasts to model energy yield for Namibia green hydrogen project
9th April 2024 By: Sabrina Jardim

Green hydrogen development company Hyphen Hydrogen Energy is investing €2-million on its MetMast Measuring Campaign, which makes use of meteorological masts (MetMasts) to precisely model the energy... 


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Nordex increases its generation capacity in South Africa
9th April 2024 By: Sabrina Jardim

Turbine manufacturer Nordex Energy South Africa (NESA) says an additional 830 MW of operational capacity will start feeding into South Africa’s energy grid by mid-2025. The company on April 9... 


Battery storage, renewables procurement make headlines
Battery storage, renewables procurement make headlines
5th April 2024 By: Creamer Media Reporter

Engineering News editor Terence Creamer discusses the latest developments with regard to the procurement of new electricity generation capacity and storage. 


Seriti Green CEO Peter Venn
RMB facilitates project financing for Seriti Green’s first wind farm in Mpumalanga
5th April 2024 By: Marleny Arnoldi

Mining and energy company Seriti Resources’ subsidiary Seriti Green has signed a long-term project financing agreement with Rand Merchant Bank (RMB) as co-mandated lead arranger to enable the... 


A Nordex wind turbine
Concrete towers selected for Impofu wind farm to bolster local content
4th April 2024 By: Terence Creamer

Enel Green Power South Africa has confirmed that the Nordex manufacturing facility being set up in Humansdorp, in the Eastern Cape, will produce concrete wind tower sections for the three new wind... 


An image from a study showing the evolution of yearly wind energy indexes on a global scale
Study highlights predictability of wind power production
2nd April 2024 By: Tasneem Bulbulia

Wind and solar resource assessment consultancy Eoltech has released findings of a new study that aims to assess the variations of the global wind resource over the last 15 years, with the data... 


Business Leadership South Africa CEO Busisiwe Mavuso
BLSA calls for immediate reworking of IRP, describing assumptions as ‘spurious’
2nd April 2024 By: Terence Creamer

Business Leadership South Africa (BLSA), whose members include the largest domestic and foreign companies operating in South Africa, has added its voice to a growing chorus of opposition to the... 


Installing solar panels
Record yet uneven renewables growth recorded in 2023, Irena report shows
27th March 2024 By: Terence Creamer

Despite record renewable-energy installations of 473 GW last year, the International Renewable Energy Agency (Irena) says the pace of deployment remains well below that needed to match the global... 


A coal-fired power plant operated by Eskom
Draft IRP 2023 lacks environmental, health, climate commitments, says Life After Coal
27th March 2024 By: Schalk Burger

Coal phase-out campaign the Life After Coal Campaign, in its comments on the draft Integrated Resource Plan (IRP) 2023, said the plan has fundamental flaws and expressed skepticism in the plan's... 


SAWEA CEO Niveshen Govender
SAWEA wants IRP overhaul as it questions massively diminished role for wind in current draft
18th March 2024 By: Terence Creamer

The South African Wind Energy Association’s (SAWEA’s) formal response to the draft Integrated Resource Plan 2023 (IRP 2023) questions both the modelling and assumptions used to determine the vastly... 


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REIPPPP Bid Window submissions deadline extended
15th March 2024 By: Creamer Media Reporter

Engineering News editor Terence Creamer discusses the reasons for the extension of the bid submissions deadline for Bid Window 7 of the Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer Procurement... 


Andrea Ranieri, Alessandra Governanti, Louise Paulsen, Lasad Jaouani and Manuele Battisti at the groundbreaking ceremony for the Impofu Wind Farms
Construction begins on wind farms to supply Secunda oxygen plants
13th March 2024 By: Creamer Media Reporter

Enel Green Power (EGP) South Africa has started construction of three new wind farms in the Eastern Cape, which will provide electricity to Air Liquide and Sasol in Secunda, Mpumalanga, through a... 


Wind turbine at sunrise
IPPO confirms May 30 renewables bid deadline as it moves to accommodate grid quotes and curtailment
13th March 2024 By: Terence Creamer

The Independent Power Producer Office (IPPO) has confirmed that the deadline for submissions under Bid Window Seven (BW7) of the Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer Procurement Programme... 


Wind farm
DBSA to co-finance three wind farms in the Eastern Cape
11th March 2024 By: Marleny Arnoldi

The Development Bank of Southern Africa (DBSA) has been appointed to act as a co-mandated lead arranger alongside Absa and Nedbank to provide debt funding and black economic empowerment equity... 


The Jeffreys Bay wind farm
World Bank is supporting the rollout of distributed renewable energy in Africa, globally
6th March 2024 By: Rebecca Campbell

Distributed renewable energy (DRE) is going to be essential to achieve the goal of universal access to energy by 2030, both in Africa and globally. So highlighted World Bank Energy Sector... 


Trade & Industrial Policy Strategies senior economist Gaylor Montmasson-Clair
Solar, battery, inverter imports surged to R70bn in 2023 as wind turbines recovered from two-year lull
4th March 2024 By: Terence Creamer

South African imports of solar panels, lithium-ion batteries and inverters climbed to a record $3.8-billion last year, or about R70-billion, while imports of wind turbines began to recover... 


Energy-related emissions increased in 2023, but grew by less than 2022, IEA reports
1st March 2024 By: Schalk Burger

Global energy-related carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions rose less strongly in 2023 than the year before, even as total energy demand growth accelerated, with continued expansion of solar photovoltaic... 


Anglo American's Africa and Australia Regional Director Themba Mkhwanazi.
Project finance clinched for 520 MW South African wind, solar projects – Anglo
29th February 2024 By: Martin Creamer

Johannesburg- and London-listed diversified mining and marketing company Anglo American announced on Thursday that jointly owned renewable energy venture with EDF Renewables, Envusa Energy, has... 


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