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Zeerust Power begins commercial operations

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     20th January 2021 Zeerust Solar, in the North West province, has started commercial operations, having achieved full compliance on January 1. This 100% South African-owned photovoltaic (PV) project joins the Bokamoso and Waterloo Solar plants, putting the North West on the map as a player in the renewable energy... 

Clir provides software to enhance Lake Turkana Wind Power wind farm

By: Donna Slater     18th January 2021 Renewable energy software company Clir Renewables has formed a partnership agreement with renewable energy generator Lake Turkana Wind Power (LTWP). The partnership will result in Clir enhancing LTWP’s wind farm performance tracking and support its Kenya-based team in realising potential... 

Zirk Botha nears St Helena island on day 24 of rowing voyage

By: Marleny Arnoldi     11th January 2021 The 59-year-old rower Zirk Botha, who is currently making a voyage from Cape Town to Rio de Janeiro, was just off the coast of St Helena island on January 11, making his way toward crossing the Greenwich meridian line. January 11 marked the twenty-fourth day of his three-month journey in... 

US company planning at least 500 hydrogen fuelling stations in next 3 to 5 years  

By: Martin Creamer     7th January 2021 The creation of a minimum of 500 fuelling stations to provide hydrogen to mainly trucks powered by platinum-catalysed hydrogen fuel cells is planned by a US company in the next three to five years. “We believe that everyone will be within a couple of miles of a hydrogen fuelling station in the... 

BioTherm's Excelsior Wind Energy Facility has started commercial operations

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     7th January 2021 Pan-African renewable power producer company BioTherm Energy, backed by emerging market investor Actis, has announced the official start of operations at its Excelsior Wind Energy Facility at the end of 2020. This marks the completion of its third Independent Power Producer (IPP) project in South... 

Nxuba Wind Farm enters commercial operations

By: Donna Slater     4th January 2021 Renewable energy developer and operator Enel Group’s South African renewable energy subsidiary Enel Green Power (EGP) has successfully reached commercial operation of its 140 MW Nxuba wind farm in the Eastern Cape. The project, built at a cost of about €200-million, is expected to generate 460... 

Commission recommends approval of Stanlib Fund II's buyout of SCDA 3

By: Creamer Media Reporter      18th December 2020 The Competition Commission has recommended that the Competition Tribunal approve the proposed transaction whereby Stanlib Fund II intends to acquire Solar Capital De Aar 3 (SCDA 3), without conditions. Stanlib Fund II is involved in the provision of financial services and SCDA 3 is a solar... 

Coal sales to rebound with first gains in years in US, Europe

By: Bloomberg     18th December 2020 Global coal demand is poised to rebound next year as the economy recovers and the US and Europe may see the first increase in consumption in several years, the International Energy Agency said. Despite the global shift toward economies based on renewable energy, the dirtiest fossil fuel looks... 

AngloGold says will achieve strong yearly free cash flow performance 

By: Chanel de Bruyn     18th December 2020 Gold miner AngloGold says it is on track to build on the robust free cash flow of $516-million in the first nine months of the year and is expected to post its strongest annual free cash flow performance in almost a decade. In a year-end update published on December 18, interim CEO Christine... 

Renewable future for defunct Australian coal mine

By: Esmarie Iannucci     18th December 2020 The federal and New South Wales state government is backing plans by Centennial Coal to potentially turn an old coal mine into a source of reliable renewable energy to power New South Wales. Centennial is investigating the feasibility of turning its underground coal mine at Lake Macquarie into... 

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