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Trade and Industrial Policy Strategies senior economist and South African Renewable Energy Masterplan facilitator Gaylor Montmasson-Clair
Energy transition offers once-in-century potential for South Africa to reindustrialise
25th January 2024 By: Schalk Burger

The global and local renewable energy transition is presenting industries, and South Africa, with a once-in-a-century growth trajectory to provide products and components into the value chains of... 


The solar instllation at the Creighton Valley Cheese Company
SolarSaver adding battery energy storage to two dairies in Creighton Valley
25th January 2024 By: Schalk Burger

Solar photovoltaic (PV) installation company SolarSaver has added batteries to the existing grid-tied installation at Burnview Dairy to create a hybrid system. It will also add batteries to the... 


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SPS & Partners provide 10 MW solar solution to Otjikoto mine
25th January 2024

Sustainable Power Solutions (SPS), together with its Namibian partners, Fortitude and the Oelofse family, are pioneering the latest development in Namibia's energy and mining sector. N$200-million... 


Plastics SA hosts successful General Industry Meeting: A pivotal event for the future of the South African Plastics Industry
Plastics SA hosts successful General Industry Meeting: A pivotal event for the future of the South African Plastics Industry
24th January 2024

Plastics SA, the umbrella body representing the local plastics industry, successfully hosted a General Plastics Industry Meeting at its head office in Midrand, Johannesburg, on November 30, 2023.... 


1.1 GW solar farm to power Rio Tinto’s Gladstone aluminium operations
1.1 GW solar farm to power Rio Tinto’s Gladstone aluminium operations
24th January 2024 By: Mariaan Webb

Miner Rio Tinto is set to lead the development of Australia’s biggest solar power project, near Gladstone. The company has committed to buying all electricity generated the 1.1 GW Upper Calliope... 


Power line and substation
Independent transmission project office to be set up to procure new grid using build, operate, transfer model
23rd January 2024 By: Terence Creamer

Electricity Minister Kgosientsho Ramokgopa reports that government plans to establish an independent transmission project office, located either at the Development Bank of Southern Africa (DBSA) or... 


RenEnergy Africa MD Claude Peters.
Aggreko acquires RenEnergy in South Africa and the UK
22nd January 2024 By: Sabrina Jardim

Global energy solutions provider Aggreko has acquired the South African and UK-based businesses of RenEnergy group, a business known for its innovative commercial and industrial solar energy... 


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Impower successfully installs solar PV, battery storage at E Cape estate
22nd January 2024 By: Sabrina Jardim

Solar installation company Impower has launched a flagship solar photovoltaic (PV) and battery energy storage system (BESS) facility at Coral Beach Residential Estate, in the Eastern Cape. Prior to... 


Wind turbines
DBSA to support participation of black firms, communities in bid windows for renewables, batteries and gas
22nd January 2024 By: Terence Creamer

State-owned development financier the Development Bank of Southern Africa (DBSA) is gearing up to play a role in the public procurement of 7 615 MW of new electricity generation and storage... 


Solar panels, wind turbines and a hydrogen storage tank
Lhyfe, Source Galileo to establish green hydrogen production units in the UK, Ireland
22nd January 2024 By: Schalk Burger

Green and renewable hydrogen producer and supplier Lhyfe and renewable energy developer Source Galileo have entered into an agreement to jointly develop commercial-scale green and renewable... 


BLSA CEO Busi Mavuso
South Africa must build renewable energy momentum, and then move on to other sectors – Mavuso
22nd January 2024 By: Schalk Burger

The rapid pace at which South Africa is building renewable energy projects, driven by private sector investment, is viewed as positive in the global context, including at the recently held World... 


Koeberg nuclear power station
Koeberg manager suspended by De Ruyter is back and is 'crucially needed', says Eskom
22nd January 2024 By: News24Wire

Velaphi Ntuli has returned as the general manager of Koeberg nuclear power station after he was suspended in June 2021 over performance issues - allegations of which he has since been cleared. At... 


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Modular substations and dry-type transformers support renewable energy projects
21st January 2024

Modular substations and dry-type transformers offer a number of advantages for renewable energy projects such as those relying on solar and wind power, says Trafo Power Solutions’ David Claassen.... 


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Energizing Africa
19th January 2024

Our recently released EY Africa Attractiveness Report 2023 highlights below some of the challenges and opportunities that are present in the continent’s energy sector. 


The Role of Independent Power Producers (IPPs) in Africa
The Role of Independent Power Producers (IPPs) in Africa
19th January 2024

As Africa continues to navigate the complexities of meeting its growing energy demands while advancing sustainable development goals, the role of Independent Power Producers (IPPs) emerges as a... 


The new BASF HERAEUS Metal Resource recycling facility in China.
New platinum group metals recycling facility opens in China
19th January 2024 By: Martin Creamer

A new platinum group metals (PGM) recycling facility has opened in China, where the autocatalyst recycling market is expected to grow at the rate of 18% a year. Recycled PGMs are calculated to... 


Startup aims to transform WA from world’s mine into world’s foundry
Startup aims to transform WA from world’s mine into world’s foundry
19th January 2024 By: Mariaan Webb

Perth-headquartered Element Zero, a green materials platform company launched by former Fortescue executives, has raised $10-million in seed funding for its pioneering zero-carbon metal conversion... 


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Loadshedding could increase in 2024
19th January 2024 By: Nadine Ramdass

Loadshedding is expected to continue in 2024, possibly at even higher levels than those of 2023, says tertiary institute Stellenbosch University’s Centre for Renewable and Sustainable Energy... 


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Hydrogen implementation remains limited
19th January 2024 By: Nadine Ramdass

Following global trends, discussions in South Africa on hydrogen, its production and use have gained momentum, although actual implementation remains limited, says power technology provider Cummins... 


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Reliable electricity must be prioritised over transition
19th January 2024

The sheer urgency of addressing energy insecurity in Africa demands that a reliable grid is prioritised first and other energy concerns, such as transitioning to renewable-energy sources, second,... 


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Gas lock-in
19th January 2024 By: Terence Creamer

“If you fail to plan, you are planning to fail,” the quote, attributed to Benjamin Franklin, reads. What happens, however, when your plan is a failure? The misnamed draft Integrated Resource Plan... 


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Puma Energy acquires stake in MBHE
18th January 2024 By: Sabrina Jardim

Global energy business Puma Energy has acquired a 49% stake in MBHE Group, a company that provides renewable energy solutions to customers across Southern Africa and owns its own high-quality... 


Standard Bank sees rapid growth in solar finance offering
18th January 2024 By: Marleny Arnoldi

Financial services provider Standard Bank foresees continued massive demand for solar and energy-related products this year, after seeing a 400% growth in demand for LookSee’s solar installation... 


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Globeleq completes debt restructuring for Aries, Konkoonsies solar plants
18th January 2024 By: Sabrina Jardim

Independent power company Globeleq has completed a $37-million senior debt restructuring of its 11 MW Aries and 11 MW Konkoonsies solar plants, in the Northern Cape. The debt restructuring was led... 


A Call to Action to Decarbonise South Africa's Manufacturing Industry
A Call to Action to Decarbonise South Africa's Manufacturing Industry
18th January 2024

In a world increasingly attuned to environmental sustainability, South Africa's manufacturing industry finds itself at a crossroads. The looming threat of the European Union's Carbon Border... 


Mined cobalt
BMI predicts more stable metal prices, critical mineral deals in 2024
17th January 2024 By: Marleny Arnoldi

Research agency BMI on January 17 unpacked the key themes for metals and mining for the year, highlighting that the sector is making a modest recovery amid global deceleration. BMI commodities... 


Expansion on track at Zambian project, First Quantum says
17th January 2024 By: Tasneem Bulbulia

As part of its 2023 Preliminary Production and 2024 to 2026 guidance, published this week, TSX-listed First Quantum Minerals has reiterated its commitment to delivering the S3 Expansion project at... 


Potential modest global FDI increase in 2024, but geopolitical, debt and global fracturing are risks
17th January 2024 By: Schalk Burger

The United Nations Conference on Trade and Development's (Unctad's) 'Global Investment Trends Monitor' shows that global foreign direct investment (FDI) flows increased marginally by 3% in 2023 to... 


Independent Power Producer Office head Bernard Magoro
Grid constraints cast shadow over South Africa’s seventh renewables bid window
17th January 2024 By: Terence Creamer

South Africa’s grid constraints are continuing to cast a shadow over the Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer Procurement Programme (REIPPPP), the seventh bidding round for which was... 


Reserve Bank governor Lesetja Kganyago
South African inflation seen averaging 5% in 2024 – Kganyago
17th January 2024 By: Reuters

South African central bank governor, Lesetja Kganyago, said on Wednesday that the disinflation process had begun and that he expected inflation to average 5% this year. Speaking to the Reuters... 


Swiss Ambassador celebrates industrial parks project success with the NCPC-SA
Swiss Ambassador celebrates industrial parks project success with the NCPC-SA
16th January 2024

His Excellency Mirko Manzoni, the ambassador of Switzerland in South Africa, attended a workshop to mark the end of Phase I and the beginning of Phase II of the Global Eco-Industrial Parks... 


Busy week for DMRE as it hosts IPP bidders conferences and IRP workshop
Busy week for DMRE as it hosts IPP bidders conferences and IRP workshop
15th January 2024 By: Terence Creamer

The Department of Mineral Resources and Energy (DMRE) and the Independent Power Producer Office (IPPO) have a busy week ahead, with three virtual bidders conferences to be hosted over Wednesday and... 


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City of Cape Town issues independent power tender
15th January 2024 By: Irma Venter

The City of Cape Town has issued the latest in a series of power-related tenders aimed at mitigating the impact of loadshedding and diversifying its energy supply from Eskom. The city says this is... 


Join the Solar and Energy Storage Pavilion at Africa Energy Indaba: Powering a sustainable future
15th January 2024

The Africa Energy Indaba, a leading platform dedicated to shaping the future of energy across the African continent, is pleased to announce the launch of the Solar and Energy Storage Pavilion.... 


COP28 deal offers opportunities for renewables-powered charging stations – Zero Carbon Charge
12th January 2024 By: Tasneem Bulbulia

The twenty-eighth Conference of the Parties (COP28) to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change that targets reaching 11 terawatts (TW) of renewable energy generation capacity by... 


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Holmaneset project, Norway – update
12th January 2024 By: Sheila Barradas

The European Union has chosen to significantly invest in the project. 


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South Africa to present ‘compelling’ investment case at Davos – Godongwana
11th January 2024 By: Tasneem Bulbulia

South Africa’s delegation to the World Economic Forum (WEF) will present the country’s investment case, which Finance Minister Enoch Godongwana has described as “compelling”, to international... 


Jan Fourie to take over as Mulilo Energy CEO from May
11th January 2024 By: Schalk Burger

Renewable energy developer Mulilo Energy has appointed former Scatec executive VP Jan Fourie to succeed outgoing CEO Johnny Cullum when he steps down in May. Cullum has served as CEO since Mulilo... 


Forrest to advance 14 GW of new clean energy in Australia
Forrest to advance 14 GW of new clean energy in Australia
11th January 2024 By: Bloomberg

Billionaire Andrew Forrest pledged to develop 14 GW of new clean power projects in Australia by 2030, offering a boost to the nation’s efforts to accelerate investments in renewable energy.... 


IEA executive director Fatih Birol
World powers ahead with renewables as South Africa’s draft plan signals pullback
11th January 2024 By: Terence Creamer

While South Africa’s latest draft electricity plan is signalling a pullback in renewables investments for the period to 2030 relative to the prevailing policy, the rest of the world is powering... 


Heraeus Precious Metals EVP Dr Philipp Walter
Hydrogen economy poised as key growth booster for platinum group metals – Heraeus
11th January 2024 By: Martin Creamer

The hydrogen economy is an important new growth area for platinum group metals (PGMs) and, in turn, PGMs are pivotal for hydrogen production and application across a broad front. Accentuating this... 


The scaled-up gas-to-power capacity allocation in the draft IRP would initially require LNG imports
No plan yet for public hearings into gas-heavy draft IRP 2023
10th January 2024 By: Terence Creamer

The Department of Mineral Resources and Energy (DMRE) has belatedly released the background technical information that has been used to inform the assumptions included in the draft Integrated... 


India’s plans to double coal production, ignore climate threat
India’s plans to double coal production, ignore climate threat
10th January 2024 By: Bloomberg

As climate diplomats at COP28 in Dubai debated an agreement to transition away from fossil fuels last December, India was facing another energy conundrum: It needed to build more power capacity,... 


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