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Global wind energy powers ahead

25th September 2013 The global wind energy industry is looking very healthy, with wind-generated power growing faster than any other renewable-energy technology in 2012, climbing by 19% to 283 GW, delegates attending the WINDaba conference and exhibition in Cape Town have heard. The US pipped China to the post for... 

Solar industry calls for incentives to offset local-content costs

20th September 2013 Manufacturers in the solar energy field have called for incentives, such as tax breaks or subsidies, to offset the cost of local-content requirements. Solar industry executives have told the Solar Indaba, in Cape Town, this week, that some local components cost nearly double that of imported... 

SA sees growing solar technology opportunities

13th September 2013 The cost of solar technologies has come down dramatically over the past few years, making this an increasingly viable form of renewable energy for South Africa, attendees at the recent Solar Indaba in Cape Town, which drew 250 industry executives, government officials, bankers and entrepreneurs... 

UK, SA recommit to doubling bilateral trade

10th September 2013 UK and South African Cabinet Ministers have promised to try to revive the flailing target of doubling trade between the two countries by 2015, despite the global economic crisis having put a brake on these efforts. The promise was made during the tenth South Africa – UK Bilateral Forum, held in... 

Large-scale roof-mounted solar PV system for Cape office park

6th September 2013 An office park in Observatory, Cape Town, has unveiled the first phase of what is currently considered to be the largest solar photovoltaic (PV) rooftop installation in Southern Africa. Once completed, the system on the 78 000 m2 Black River Park offices will cover an area larger than a rugby... 

Solar industry calls for incentives to offset local-content costs

4th September 2013 Manufacturers in the solar energy field have called for incentives, such as tax breaks or subsidies, to offset the cost of local-content requirements. Solar industry executives have told the Solar Indaba, in Cape Town, this week, that some local components cost nearly double that of imported... 

SA sees growing solar technology opportunities

3rd September 2013 The cost of solar technologies has come down dramatically over the past few years, making this an increasingly viable form of renewable energy for South Africa, attendees at the Solar Indaba were told on Tuesday. The indaba, being held in Cape Town, has drawn 250 industry executives, government... 

Engineering skills shortage hampering growth, says Chabane

30th August 2013 The Presidency has released its 2012 Development Indicators report, revealing a worrying shortage of skills, particularly in the engineering sector. Minister in the Presidency for Performance Monitoring and Evaluation Collins Chabane said the skills shortage was of concern, given the need to roll... 

Cape Town office park unveils large-scale roof-mounted solar PV system

27th August 2013 An office park in Observatory, Cape Town, has unveiled the first phase of what is currently considered to be the largest solar photovoltaic (PV) rooftop installation in Southern Africa. Once completed, the system on the 78 000 m2 Black River Park offices will cover an area larger than a rugby... 

Engineering skills shortage hampering growth, says Chabane

20th August 2013 The Presidency has released its 2012 Development Indicators report, revealing a worrying shortage of skills, particularly in the engineering sector. Minister in the Presidency for Performance Monitoring and Evaluation Collins Chabane said the skills shortage was of concern, given the need to roll... 

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