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Africa Energy Indaba

IDZs and policy implementation key to energy-sector development

By: Nadine James     5th February 2016 The continuous progression of South Africa’s industrial development zones (IDZs) and special economic zones (SEZs) as well as the implementation of associated legislation are crucial for the sustainable growth of the energy sector, says supply-chain specialist Bidvest Panalpina Logistics (BPL)... 

Microgrids creating opportunities for property developers

By: Nadine James     5th February 2016 Local entrepreneurs or property developers can build independent commercial-grade microgrids, which, through a combination of multiple renewable- or nonrenewable energy sources, can provide sufficient energy for clients or tenants at a reasonable cost, says microgrid consultant Brightmerge... 

Microgrids creating  opportunities for  property developers
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BATTERIES ARE INCLUDED These batteries are used as energy storage for a solar micro-grid which supplies electricity to a small housing community

Renewable-energy solutions could help households beat power crisis

By: Dylan Slater     6th March 2015 If a third of all South African households implemented renewable-energy power solutions, such as photovoltaic (PV) panels and wind turbines, State-owned power utility Eskom’s current capacity issues could be alleviated, says Port Elizabeth-based alternative power solutions company Kestrel... 

Renewable-energy solutions could help households beat power crisis
RENEWABLE ENERGY BENEFIT A significant benefit of the grid-connected system is its ability to feed excess electricity back into the national grid

Massive commercial industry potential for solar energy

By: Dylan Slater     13th February 2015 The renewable energy sector should focus on commercial ventures in its drive to increase the uptake of solar energy through photovoltaic (PV) panels, rather than the current industry focus on the residential sector, says renewable-energy company Green Habitat. 

Massive commercial industry potential  for solar energy
COMMERCIAL FOCUS Large shopping centres have lots of unused rooftop space where photovoltaic panels can be installed

Energy Indaba set to expand by 20%

By: Dylan Slater     13th February 2015 Organisers of the 2015 Africa Energy Indaba expect more than 2 000 visitors to attend the conference, a 20% increase, compared with the attendance figures of last year’s event, which, in turn, registered a year-on-year increase in attendance of 23% from 2013 to 2014. 

Energy Indaba  set to expand by 20%
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CONTINENT-WIDE COOPERATION African energy leaders need to discuss the implications of low oil prices on gas developments and on the diversity of the continent’s energy mix

Indaba side event focuses on IPP

13th February 2015 The Africa Energy Independent Power Producer (IPP) and Power Purchase Agreements (PPA) Conference and Workshop, a side event that will run concurrently with the Africa Energy Indaba this month, will focus on industry-associated deals, infrastructure, the financing and procurement of IPP projects... 

Indaba side event focuses on IPP
Photo by Duane Daws
SPOTLIGHT ON IPP In October 2014 it was announced that an additional 1 500 MW was in the final stages of approval in the REIPPPP

REIPPPP project implements molten salt storage technique

13th February 2015 The 100 MW Redstone Solar Thermal Power project, developed by US utility-scale power projects facilitator SolarReserve and Saudi Arabia-based water and power project facilitator ACWA Power, will feature SolarReserve’s one-of-a-kind molten salt energy storage technology in a tower configuration. 

Financing possibilities key challenge for renewable-energy sector

By: Mia Breytenbach     7th February 2014 Challenges in assisting foreign contractors to understand the requirements of the South African Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer Procurement Programme (REIPPPP), specifically with regard to the pass-through of risk and the ambit of force majeure, seem to have been successfully overcome... 

Financing possibilities key challenge for  renewable-energy sector
MATT ASH South African public and private sector focus on renewable energy has stimulated greater public sector interest in renewable energy throughout the sub-Saharan Africa region

Africa Energy Indaba to catalyse transformation

7th February 2014 The importance of an energy event such as the Africa Energy Indaba cannot be underestimated, as it “brings together business, government and civil society leaders to collaborate and shape shared solutions to the continent’s energy future”, South African National Energy Association (Sanea)... 

Africa Energy Indaba to catalyse transformation
CATALYSING TRANSFORMATION The Africa Energy Projects Roundtable forum at the 2014 Africa Energy Indaba will focus on energy projects that will provide the best return on investment

South Africa is pioneering renewable energy on the African Continent says report

By: Mia Breytenbach     7th February 2014 The South African energy sector outlook is positive and one of the fastest- growing in Africa, owing to inter alia the introduction of the Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer Procurement Programme (REIPPPP) in South Africa, states corporate and commercial law firm Cliffe Dekker Hofmeyr... 

South Africa is pioneering renewable energy on the African Continent says report
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INVESTING IN RENEWABLE ENERGY Hydropower capacity is increasing on the continent with the implementation of The Grand Inga and Mphanda Nkuwa hydroelectric projects

Possible shale gas success in Africa key issue on energy agenda

By: Mia Breytenbach     7th February 2014 Africa’s access to energy and its possible success in the shale gas sector are among the key issues that will be discussed at this year’s Africa Energy Indaba, says World Energy Council (WEC) secretary general Dr Christoph Frei. These are some of the issues that stem from key findings in the... 

Possible shale gas success in Africa key issue on energy agenda
Photo by Duane Daws
ENERGY ACCESS Issues such as Africa’s access to and the affordability of energy and the resilience of the current African energy infrastructure sector will form part of the discussion during the 2014 Africa Energy Indaba

Implementing energy efficiency key to saving on carbon tax

By: Mia Breytenbach     7th February 2014 While great focus is placed on energy efficiency implementation, which will be a key topic at the 2014 Africa Energy Indaba, attention to carbon emission reduction is still needed states carbon emission reduction auditing company Carbon Check CEO Adam Simcock. The company will exhibit at this... 

Implementing energy efficiency key to  saving on carbon tax
ADAM SIMCOCK Companies need to invest in energy saving projects to offset their carbon tax or claim reductions in the Section 12L of the Income Tax Act 58 of 1962

Energy Leader Dialogues to attract high attendance

By: Mia Breytenbach     7th February 2014 Marketing and public relations house Siyenza aims to focus on the trade and investment aspect of the Africa Energy Indaba event this year by assessing the number and quantum of deals conducted during the Business Matchmaking Programme, states Siyenza MD Liz Hart. “With a strategic partnership... 

Energy Leader Dialogues to attract high attendance
POWERING THE CONTINENT The 2014 Africa Energy Indaba is expected to be the largest indaba to date with high attendance expected from CEOs, energy Ministers and heads of African energy utilities

R10.8bn of debt funding for REIPPPP projects

By: Mia Breytenbach     7th February 2014 Developers in the dynamic renewable-energy sector of South Africa face high development costs and a complex and stringent bidding process under the Renewable Energy IPP Procurement Programme (REIPPPP), which includes the non-negotiability of the project agreements , states corporate and... 

R10.8bn of debt funding for REIPPPP projects
KIERAN WHYTE Issues addressed and lessons learnt through the implementation of the Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer Programme will be of key importance to the renewable energy sector

Engineering News website undergoes technological evolution

By: Creamer Media Reporter      28th July 2013 South Africa-based media group Creamer Media has relaunched its Engineering News website as it keeps pace with technological developments and the continuously evolving requirements of its audience. The revamped website represents the fourth version since the media group launched its online... 

2013 Indaba attracts greater interest, expects 20% growth

By: Samantha Herbst     8th February 2013 Africa Energy Indaba (AEI) organiser Siyenza hopes to further its objective of positioning Africa as the continent of energy opportunity by delivering a comprehensive event for the fifth consecutive year. Siyenza MD Liz Hart tells Engineering News that enquiry and interest levels have grown... 

Solar home system kit to be launched at Indaba

By: Samantha Herbst     8th February 2013 Local solar products manufacturer SolarWorld Africa, part of the SolarWorld Group, will launch a complete home solar system kit at this year’s Africa Energy Indaba (AEI), which will take place from February 19 to 21 at the Sandton Convention Centre in Gauteng. The solution, which was designed... 

Faith shown in Africa’s liquid fuels sector

By: Samantha Herbst     8th February 2013 The demand for liquid fuels in Africa is growing, given the continent’s strong economic growth relative to developed countries, says refined petroleum company Engen Petroleum director of corporate planning Dave Wright. He mentions that new resource finds in East Africa, in particular, are likely... 

Govt to focus on gas and nuclear development in SA – Norton Rose

By: Samantha Herbst     8th February 2013 The draft Mineral and Petroleum Resources Development Act (MPRDA) Amendment Bill, which was published for public comment in December, indicates some far-reaching changes in the future, including the possibility of creating a regulatory environment to enable and facilitate exploration for and... 

SA has ‘favourable framework conditions’ for PV development – German PV provider

By: Samantha Herbst     8th February 2013 Germany-based solar systems producer Solon Energy plans to establish business roots in South Africa before rolling out its activities to the rest of Africa, as the country has “favourable framework conditions”, says power plants business development manager Vanessa Gombert. South Africa’s... 

Ecofriendly cars to be showcased at energy event

By: Nomvelo Buthelezi     10th February 2012 The Africa Energy Indaba has partnered with Arnold Chatz Cars, a local dealer of Fiat and Alfa Romeo vehicles, to supply three eco-friendly Fiat 500s to be used as the official vehicles of the energy event, which will be held at the Sandton Convention Centre in February. 

SA faces difficult power balancing act

10th February 2012 South Africa faces a difficult balancing act in relation to its power sector and numerous challenges must still be dealt with to ensure policy success, achieve continued economic growth and meet industrial policy objectives, state analysts from financial services provider Standard Bank. 

Renewable energy viable energy source in Africa 

By: Nomvelo Buthelezi     10th February 2012 In light of the current electricity supply crisis in Africa, the biggest opportunity for the continent to reform its energy sector is to build new generation capacity from renewable energy sources, asserts nonprofit organisation Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Partnership (REEEP) regional... 

Energy conference gets format change

By: Nomvelo Buthelezi     10th February 2012 This year’s Africa Energy Indaba will see the adoption of a new format with the conference developing a far more interactive discussion and debate structure within the programme, event project manager Candice Scorer explains. 

Africa shares global energy concerns – WEC

By: Nomvelo Buthelezi     10th February 2012 Africa shares many of the concerns that worry global energy leaders, says World Energy Council (WEC) secretary general Christoph Frei. 

Turning waste into energy a possible solution

10th February 2012 Biogas is probably the best kept secret in the renewable energy industry and organic waste is one of the largest untapped sources of natural energy available today, asserts Ubuntu Energy Solutions MD Jonathan de Magalhães. 

Indaba aims to energise Africa through renewable energy

By: Dimakatso Motau     18th February 2011 This year’s Energy Indaba aims to place more emphasis on ensuring that more households in Africa get access to energy and electricity through the use of renewable energy sources over the next few years. 

Africa seen as investment hub for renewable energies  

By: Dimakatso Motau     18th February 2011 As developing economies, South Africa and other African countries have the potential to attract strong international investor interest for the renewable energy sector. 

Sanea to host WEC regional meeting

By: Dimakatso Motau     18th February 2011 The South African National Energy Association (Sanea) reports that it will host the World Energy Council (WEC) Africa regional meeting as a side event at this year’s Energy Indaba. 

Company promotes geothermal energy solutions

By: Dimakatso Motau     18th February 2011 Geothermal energy solutions provider Greenstone Geothermal reports that it is optimistic that geothermal energy applications will make a significant contribution to dealing with the South African energy crisis in the near future. 

New energy management standard to be launched

18th February 2011 Certification body DQS South Africa, which will be exhibiting at this year’s Energy Indaba in March, reports that effective energy management is a significant issue for the success of any business.  

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