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Wind News

CSIR cost study shows new solar, wind to be 40% cheaper than new coal

By: Terence Creamer     17th October 2016 A new comparative analysis of the cost of electricity generated from various supply sources in South Africa shows new solar photovoltaic (PV) and onshore wind to be 40% cheaper than the costs associated with new baseload coal-fired power stations. The analysis, conducted by Council for Scientific... 

Seabed clearance completed for UK wind farm project

By: Mia Breytenbach     7th October 2016 Scottish subsea technology specialist Ecosse Subsea Systems (ESS) has completed a second major seabed clearance project for gas and oil producer and energy supplier DONG Energy on what will be one of the world’s largest offshore wind farms. ESS cleared more than 3 000 boulders at the site of DONG... 

SEABED CLEARING
The SCAR 2 Seabed System isa multi-purpose plough capable of boulder clearing, trenching and various seabed route preparation works
SEABED CLEARING The SCAR 2 Seabed System isa multi-purpose plough capable of boulder clearing, trenching and various seabed route preparation works

Enel’s first South African wind farm connected to the grid

By: Creamer Media Reporter      3rd October 2016 The 88 MW Nojoli wind farm, located in South Africa’s Eastern Cape province, has been connected to the grid. The project, developed by Enel Green Power South Africa (EGP RSA), is Enel’s first wind farm to start production in the country. 

The Nojoli wind farm
The Nojoli wind farm

Hulisani invests in Kouga wind farm through R145.2m acquisition

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     27th September 2016 JSE-listed Hulisani plans to acquire the entire issued share capital of Red-Cap Investment and Eurocape Renewables for a combined R145.2-million. Through the subscription of 400 ordinary shares in Red Cap, valued at R118.9-million, and 100 ordinary shares in Eurocape valued at R26.3-million,... 

Coega positions itself as energy mix hub

By: Nadine James     23rd September 2016 A growing number of manufacturing opportunities have been created and sustained through the approach of diversifying the energy mix in the Eastern Cape, which has seen the development of several energy investment projects worth more than R3.5-billion. The Coega Industrial Development Zone (IDZ)... 

GREEN SHOOTS OF GROWTH Special economic zones have managed to attract foreign and local investment in a lackluster economic environment
GREEN SHOOTS OF GROWTH Special economic zones have managed to attract foreign and local investment in a lackluster economic environment

Two more Eastern Cape wind farms inaugurated

By: Creamer Media Reporter      16th September 2016 Two Eastern Cape wind farms – the 134 MW Amakhala Emoyeni and the 95 MW Tsitsikamma Community wind facilities – were officially inaugurated this week. Both projects have been developed by Cennergi, the energy joint venture owned by Exxaro and Tata Power. The Amakhala Emoyeni  plant incorporates... 

The 134 MW Amakhala Emoyeni wind farm
Photo by Stefanie de Beer
The 134 MW Amakhala Emoyeni wind farm

Black business pioneer raises concern about IPP uncertainty

By: Terence Creamer     16th September 2016 One of South Africa’s pioneering black-owned companies, Thebe Investment Corporation, says it is critical that the prevailing uncertainty surrounding the future of independent power producers (IPPs) be urgently resolved, saying that the current “confusion is not appreciated” by it and other... 

Thebe executive chairperson Vusi Khanyile
Thebe executive chairperson Vusi Khanyile

80 MW Karoo wind farm officially inaugurated

By: Creamer Media Reporter      14th September 2016 The 80 MW Noupoort wind farm, in the Northern Cape, has been declared officially operational by Umsobumvo municipality district mayor Mzwandile Toto, following the completion of construction and the plant’s connection to the Eskom grid earlier in the year. Located 10 km east of the Karoo town of... 

80 MW Karoo wind farm officially inaugurated

Renewables investment in 2015 more than covers global power demand growth for first time

By: Terence Creamer     14th September 2016 A new report by the International Energy Agency (IEA) states that global electricity sector investment rose 4% to a record $682-billion in 2015 – a year when overall investment in the energy sector fell to $1.8-trillion, from $2-trillion, mainly as a result of lower oil and gas investment. The... 

Renewables investment in 2015 more than covers global power demand growth for first time

Capital follows certainty, Cennergi warns amid IPP flux 

By: Terence Creamer     8th September 2016 South African independent power producer (IPP) Cennergi, which is a joint venture between Exxaro and Tata Power, warns of possible investor “flight” unless the prevailing uncertainty surrounding the future of IPPs in South Africa is urgently resolved. Speaking to Engineering News Online ahead of... 

Capital follows certainty, Cennergi warns amid IPP flux

Investec says release of updated IRP could ease IPP frustration and uncertainty

By: Terence Creamer     7th September 2016 Banking group Investec, which has supported various renewable energy and peaking power projects in South Africa, including the Avon and Dedisa open cycle gas turbines that recently entered commercial operation, remains convinced that the country will continue with its independent power producer... 

The Avon peaking power plant
The Avon peaking power plant

Editorial: Decisive leadership needed to address IPP impasse and industry structure 

By: Terence Creamer     1st September 2016 Eskom's hostility towards independent power producers (IPPs) can no longer be disputed, or ignored. The antagonism has also brought to the fore the oft-repeated warning about the genuine risk associated with the current structure of the industry, where IPPs are beholden to a dominant competitor... 

Editorial: Decisive leadership needed to address IPP impasse and industry structure

Eskom’s IPP pushback continues despite Cabinet endorsement 

By: Terence Creamer     30th August 2016 Despite Cabinet having insisted at its recent lekgotla that South Africa has no intention of “changing course midstream” in its support of the independent power producer (IPP) programme and notwithstanding that all determinations are in terms of official Ministerial determinations, State-owned... 

Eskom’s IPP pushback continues despite Cabinet endorsement

Offshore wind could replace UK’s Hinkley ‘at same cost’

By: Bloomberg     26th August 2016 Britain could scrap the $23-billion (18-billion pounds) nuclear power plant at Hinkley Point and get the same amount of electricity from offshore wind turbines for roughly the same investment. That’s the assessment of Bloomberg New Energy Finance following Prime Minister Theresa May’s decision to... 

Wind, solar can supply bulk of South Africa’s power at least cost, CSIR model shows 

By: Terence Creamer     22nd August 2016 The dramatic fall in the cost of supplying power from wind and solar photovoltaic (PV) plants has moved the global electricity supply industry beyond a critical “tipping point”, which leading energy scientist Dr Tobias Bischof-Niemz says is irreversibly altering the operating model, with... 

Dr Tobias Bischof-Niemz
Photo by Duane Daws
Dr Tobias Bischof-Niemz

Exxaro eyes more renewables

By: Natasha Odendaal     18th August 2016 Following the success of its entry into renewable energy through a 50% wind farm joint venture (JV) with Tata Power, diversified miner Exxaro Resources is exploring further opportunities in clean energy. Independent power producer (IPP) Cennergi had marked its first income generation following... 

Exxaro CEO Mxolisi Mgojo
Photo by Duane Daws
Exxaro CEO Mxolisi Mgojo

Rockefeller foundation backs African renewables platform

By: Terence Creamer     28th July 2016 Private grantmaking foundation the Rockefeller Brothers Fund is participating in a $117.5-million investment in the Lekela Power Platform, which aims to build over 1.3 GW of wind and solar plants in Africa by 2018. The fund, created in 1940 by the sons of US oil industry pioneer John D... 

Mainstream Renewable Power CEO Eddie O’Connor
Mainstream Renewable Power CEO Eddie O’Connor

Nafcoc ‘alarmed’ by Eskom move against IPPs 

By: Terence Creamer     25th July 2016 The National African Federated Chamber of Commerce and Industry (Nafcoc) has added its voice to those questioning Eskom’s resistance to connecting new independent power producers (IPPs), saying it is “alarmed” by the State-owned electricity producer’s move. In a letter sent to Energy Minister... 

Nafcoc ‘alarmed’ by Eskom move against IPPs

Eskom’s IPP stance seen undermining investment and green industrialisation 

By: Terence Creamer     22nd July 2016 The decision by Eskom not to sign any new power purchase agreements (PPAs) with independent power producers (IPPs) beyond those selected in the latest competitive bidding round could have a “chilling” effect on investment and undermine industrialisation efforts under way in the green economy,... 

Eskom’s IPP stance seen undermining investment and green industrialisation

Siemens upbeat about South Africa’s gas-to-power, renewables potential

By: Anine Kilian     21st July 2016 Global engineering firm Siemens says it is committed to South Africa’s renewable-energy revolution and supports the country’s imminent procurement of gas-to-power infrastructure.  Speaking to Engineering News Online on the sidelines of the Power-Gen Africa conference in Sandton, Johannesburg,... 

Siemens CEO Sabine Dall'Omo
Siemens CEO Sabine Dall'Omo

Financing and legal frameworks key for successful renewables projects in Africa

By: Anine Kilian     19th July 2016 Less than 30% of renewable energy projects in Africa reach financial close, with the development process highlighted as the riskiest part of the development cycle, according to advisory firm Castalia Africa practice leader Patrick Longmire. “Renewable energy project development is expensive and... 

Financing and legal frameworks key for successful renewables projects in Africa

$150m Brics bank facility seen helping ease South Africa’s grid bottlenecks

By: Terence Creamer     19th July 2016 State-owned electricity producer Eskom expects to finalise commercial terms with the New Development Bank (NDB), of the Brics grouping, for a $150-million facility in the next quarter, CFO Anoj Singh reports. A term sheet has been signed with the NDB and Singh reports that, once consummated, the... 

Public Enterprises Minister Lynne Brown
Photo by Duane Daws
Public Enterprises Minister Lynne Brown

Group of 30-somethings making steady progress in building black-owned IPP 

By: Terence Creamer     18th July 2016 The Pele Energy Group (PEG), which is owned and managed by a group of 30-something black professionals, is making strides in its stated objective of evolving from an energy investor into a fully-fledged independent power producer (IPP) and, ultimately, a private utility company. Headquartered in... 

The five PEG founders
The five PEG founders

Energy company signs 20-year power purchase agreement

15th July 2016 Wind energy developments project management company Kipeto Energy, is one step closer to delivering additional clean energy to the people of Kenya following an announcement that it formally signed a 20-year power purchase agreement with Kenya Power last month. 

ENERGY UPGRADES
The increase in energy production forms part of Kenya’s Vision 2030
Photo by Duane Daws
ENERGY UPGRADES The increase in energy production forms part of Kenya’s Vision 2030

80 MW Noupoort wind farm enters commercial operation

By: Terence Creamer     11th July 2016 The 80 MW Noupoort wind farm, in the Northern Cape, entered commercial operation on July 11, with all 35 turbines at the R1.9-billion facility commissioned and connected to the Eskom grid. Country programme manager Savva Antoniadis reports that Noupoort is also the first wind farm selected during... 

The 80 MW Noupoort wind farm
The 80 MW Noupoort wind farm

S Africa still reliant on coal, struggling to transition to low-carbon economy 

By: Anine Kilian     29th June 2016 South Africa is the twelfth-greatest emitter of greenhouse gases (GHGs) in the world, as well as the biggest polluter on the African continent, according to German political foundation Friedrich Ebert Stiftung (FES) South Africa director Renate Tenbusch, speaking at a roundtable event on black... 

S Africa still reliant on coal, struggling to transition to low-carbon economy

Loeriesfontein wind farm turbine foundations completed on schedule

29th June 2016 The Loeriesfontein wind farm has completed the foundations for the 61 wind turbines to be erected at the site. Situated in the Hantam municipality 60 km north of Loeriesfontein in the Northern Cape, the wind farm will have 61 99-m-high wind turbines erected on 3 453 ha of agricultural land. 

Loeriesfontein wind farm turbine foundations completed on schedule

$117.5m renewables deal to support 1 300 MW Africa roll-out

By: Terence Creamer     23rd June 2016 Participants in a $117.5-million equity funding deal, announced on Thursday, say the transaction will support African-focused Lekela Power meet its goal of constructing over 1 300 MW of wind and solar capacity across the continent by 2018, including four wind farms in South Africa. Lekela Power... 

Mainstream CEO Eddie O’Connor
Mainstream CEO Eddie O’Connor

Enel’s South Africa unit connects another 66 MW solar plant to grid

By: Terence Creamer     8th June 2016 The renewable-energy unit of Italian energy group Enel reports that its 66 MW Tom Burke photovoltaic (PV) plant in South Africa’s Limpopo province has been connected to the grid, raising its installed capacity in the country to nearly 160 MW. Country manager in South Africa Lamberto Dai Pra’ adds... 

Enel’s South Africa unit connects another 66 MW solar plant to grid

Electricity connections rise to 85.5% – Stats SA

By: News24Wire      3rd June 2016 Eskom took credit for accelerating the number of households connected to the electricity supply, after Stats SA revealed on Thursday that levels increased “consistently from 77.1% in 2002 to 85.5% in 2015”. This as Stats SA also revealed that electricity generation increased by a relatively small... 

Electricity connections rise to 85.5% – Stats SA

Wind power potential in South Africa on par with solar – CSIR 

By: Anine Kilian     26th May 2016 The potential to produce electricity from wind turbines in South Africa is more widely spread than initially thought, a study by the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) has determined. The study conducted by the CSIR in collaboration with the South African Energy Development... 

Wind power potential in South Africa on par with solar – CSIR

UK wind industry to benefit from service agreement

20th May 2016 Wind gearbox service provider Moventas Gears UK has invested heavily in the UK wind service market with its offering of a multi-brand service portfolio suited to UK and Ireland’s most popular fleets. A substantial upgrade of Moventas’s original equipment manufacturer quality facility in... 

WIND ENERGYMoventas Gears UK is the first gearbox service provider in the UK able to provide multi megawatt full load testing – an essential part of gearbox servicing
WIND ENERGYMoventas Gears UK is the first gearbox service provider in the UK able to provide multi megawatt full load testing – an essential part of gearbox servicing

Renewable-energy prices reach low of $0.03/kWh 

By: Kim Cloete     18th May 2016 New technologies and the rapid rise of renewable energy have shaken up the global energy landscape, with prices falling to below $0.03/kWh. “We are now in the world of three cent renewable energy,” said Bloomberg New Energy Finance UK advisory board chairperson and founder Michael Liebreich. 

Renewable-energy prices reach low of $0.03/kWh

Energy storage possible standby for grid failure

By: Simon Sonnekus     22nd April 2016 While energy storage may seem like a viable option for standby power initiatives during grid failure, several issues first need to resolved for it to be implemented, South African National Energy Development Institute’s Renewable Energy Centre of Research and Development manager Dr Karen... 

Wind growth to taper in 2016 after ‘spectacular’ 2015

By: Terence Creamer     19th April 2016 The growth of wind-energy installations in 2016 is unlikely to match the unexpectedly strong 22% expansion of 2015, when a record 63.4 GW was added internationally, Global Wind Energy Council (GWEC) secretary general Steve Sawyer said on Tuesday. Speaking during a RenewableEnergyWorld.com webcast... 

Wind growth to taper in 2016 after ‘spectacular’ 2015

Africa’s largest expanse of wind turbines en route to Loeriesfontein 

By: Samantha Herbst     18th April 2016 The first of 1 098 wind turbine components are en route from the deepwater Port of Ngqura, 20 km north-east of Port Elizabeth, to Loeriesfontein, in the Northern Cape, which will soon become home to the largest expanse of wind turbines on the African continent, announced Khobab and Loeriesfontein... 

Africa’s largest expanse of wind turbines en route to Loeriesfontein

New academic conference to be held alongside Windaba

By: Anine Kilian     6th April 2016 An academic conference WindAc Africa will, for the first time, be held alongside the South African Wind Energy Association’s (Sawea’s) yearly Windaba conference in Cape Town. “Increasingly, we received high-quality presentation submissions for Windaba that would fit in an academic conference.... 

New academic conference to be held alongside Windaba
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