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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. 

$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

All 35 turbines erected at Noupoort wind farm project

By: Creamer Media Reporter      5th April 2016 All 35 turbines at the R1.9-billion Noupoort wind farm project, in the Northern Cape, have been installed and the plant is scheduled to enter commercial operations in July. The 80 MW wind farm, selected during the third bid window of the Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer Procurement... 

All 35 turbines erected at Noupoort wind farm project

Kenya and France sign €250m pacts

By: African News Agency      5th April 2016 Kenya and France have signed five pacts that will inject into the Kenyan economy close to €250-million (Ksh29-billion). Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta and French President François Hollande witnessed the signing of the deals at the Elysee Palace in Paris on Monday after holding bilateral talks... 

French President Francois Hollande
Photo by Bloomberg
French President Francois Hollande

Eskom efforts to ease grid bottlenecks for renewables backed up by World Bank agency

By: Terence Creamer     30th March 2016 The World Bank Group’s Multilateral Investment Guarantee Agency (MIGA) announced on Wednesday that it had extended €698.9-million in guarantees to South Arica’s Eskom to support transmission infrastructure investments, which would help it alleviate prevailing grid bottlenecks to the connection of... 

Eskom efforts to ease grid bottlenecks for renewables backed up by World Bank agency

Gamesa unveils new wind turbine ‘ideal’ for S Africa

By: Creamer Media Reporter      2nd March 2016 Wind energy technology group Gamesa on Wednesday unveiled its latest offering, the G132-3.3 MW turbine that Europe, Middle East and Africa sales director Francisco Arzoz said was “ideal” for South Africa’s wind conditions. The new 3.3 MW turbine was a progression on the Spanish company’s 2 MW and... 

Gamesa unveils new wind turbine ‘ideal’ for S Africa

Fluor is Building a Better World

20th August 2014 Megatrends are the global shifts that change our society, how we do business and our collective futures in significant ways. Earlier this year, Fluor Corporation announced a new business structure in line with its strategy to address the megatrends that impact how Fluor does business and how the... 

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