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Construction set to begin on ‘flagship’ 40 MW Moz solar project

By: Terence Creamer     28th March 2018 Oslo-listed renewable-energy developer Scatec Solar, which has its African regional hub in Cape Town, South Africa, expects to begin constructing a 40 MW solar photovoltaic (PV) project in Mozambique in the coming weeks after the project reached financial close in early March. GM and VP for... 

Policy implementation vital to ‘vibrant’ energy sector in Africa

By: Simone Liedtke     28th March 2018 Growth in renewable energy investment in developing countries has overtaken that of developed countries, which is testament to the role renewable energy plays in the energy sector, says Energy Security Services Africa head for strategic energy and client delivery Gareth Gregory. This, he told... 

Policy implementation vital to ‘vibrant’ energy sector in Africa
Photo by Simone Liedtke
Energy Security Services (ESS) Head for Strategic Energy and Client Delivery Gareth Gregory

East Africa looking to smart grids for cost-effective way to deliver electricity – US firm

By: African News Agency      28th March 2018 East African countries are increasingly looking to smart grids and associated technologies as a cost effective and scalable way to deliver electricity quickly and reliably, an industry official said. Delegates from Kenya, Ethiopia, Rwanda, and Uganda recently participated in business meetings and... 

EIB pumps $25m into off-grid solar project

By: Marleny Arnoldi     28th March 2018 The European Investment Bank (EIB) has provided $25-million in financing for off-grid solar lighting company d.light to strengthen access to energy in Africa.  

Africa struggles to meet energy demand and reduce carbon emissions 

By: Simone Liedtke     28th March 2018 The global energy sector is faced with the dual challenge of meeting growing energy demand, while simultaneously needing to lower carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions in the energy system, says MIT Energy Initiative director Robert Armstrong. Speaking at the twenty-first Power and Electricity World... 

Park Inn by Radisson installs Cape Town’s first PVT project

By: Marleny Arnoldi     28th March 2018 Hotel brand Park Inn by Radisson, together with hybrid solar products producer Solarus, have installed a large-scale commercial hybrid photovoltaic and thermal (PVT) project in Cape Town’s central business district – the first PVT project in the city.  

Park Inn by Radisson installs Cape Town’s first PVT project
Large-scale commercial hybrid photovoltaic and thermal project in Cape Town

Tè Power starts construction on $121m Guinea IPP project

By: Marleny Arnoldi     28th March 2018 Guinea-based special purpose company Tè Power Company, which is sponsored by Africa-focused energy project developer Endeavour Energy, has reached financial close and started construction on the $121-million Tè Power Plant project – a 50 MW greenfield thermal power plant in Conakry, Guinea.  

Eskom raises R43bn as it begins to attract more investors 

By: Kim Cloete     27th March 2018 Acting Eskom CEO Phakamani Hadebe said on Tuesday that the State-owned enterprise had raised R43-billion from the market and that it would come up with a comprehensive, integrated strategy for the entity by September. “As of today, I’m happy to announce that Eskom has been able to raise in gross... 

Lowering SoE risk to fiscus requires governance and business-model reform - S&P

By: Terence Creamer     27th March 2018 The risk posed to government’s fiscal position as a result of contingent liabilities linked to South Africa’s State-owned enterprises (SoEs) will be only partly alleviated by governance reforms, S&P Global Ratings warns, arguing that greater attention will also have to be given to reforming SoE... 

Lowering SoE risk to fiscus requires governance and business-model reform - S&P

Eskom goes to Parliament to argue its case for a higher tariff increase 

By: Kim Cloete     27th March 2018 Eskom’s top officials have gone to Parliament to argue their case for a higher tariff increase, saying the 5.23% tariff increase for 2018/19 granted by the National Energy Regulator of South Africa (Nersa) would seriously harm the utility. “The 2.2% price increase for 2017/18 has strained the... 

Eskom goes to Parliament to argue its case for a higher tariff increase
Photo by Dylan Slater
Eskom acting CEO Phakamani Hadebe

Africa needs private investment to meet energy needs – Radebe

By: Simone Liedtke     27th March 2018 The cost of meeting sub-Saharan Africa’s power demand has been estimated at about $14-billion a year and cannot be met by public funding alone. Although public utilities have historically been the major sources of funding for new power generation capacity, South African Energy Minister Jeff... 

South Africans saved 410 MW during Earth Hour - Eskom

By: African News Agency      26th March 2018 South Africans joined the rest of the world when they switched off their lights for Earth Hour from 20:30 to 21:30 on Saturday night and together they saved 410 MW, Eskom has announced. Earth Hour is a global call for the protection of the planet and for people to take a stand against climate... 

AMCU demands summit to discuss renewable energy jobs

By: Anine Kilian     23rd March 2018 The Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (AMCU) has called for an urgent summit with labour, State-owned Eskom and government to discuss renewable energy and jobs. The trade union said in a statement on Friday that the Departments of Trade and Industry and Economic Development had to... 

Radebe to address power roundtable in April

23rd March 2018 South Africa’s power sector has again entered a period of uncertainty after a planned signing ceremony for 27 independent power producers (IPPs) failed to materialise on March 13, following a legal challenge by the National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa. The court case, planned for March... 

Radebe to address power roundtable in April

Norway optimistic Ramaphosa will restore predictability to business environment

By: Terence Creamer     22nd March 2018 The Norwegian government is optimistic that the new South African government, led by President Cyril Ramaphosa, will promote a more stable and predictable business environment that is conducive to higher levels of trade and investment between the two countries. Deputy Foreign Affairs Minister... 

Norway optimistic Ramaphosa will restore predictability to business environment
Norway's Deputy Foreign Affairs Minister, Marianne Hagen

Civil society organisations oppose coal IPP generation licence applications

By: Simone Liedtke     20th March 2018 Civil society organisations will use next week’s public hearings into the generation licence applications for the Thabametsi and Khanyisa power station projects to raise their objections to the new coal-fired power stations that private developers plan to build in Limpopo and Mpumalanga. The Life... 

Eskom warns the public against tender scams

By: Marleny Arnoldi     20th March 2018 State-owned power utility Eskom is warning members of the public against tender scams where fraudsters pretend to represent the Eskom supply chain management section and issue orders and invitations to tender for Eskom contracts.  

Eskom warns the public against tender scams

Enel starts conversion to new PV panel manufacturing technology at Italy factory

By: Simone Liedtke     19th March 2018 Multinational renewable-energy corporation Enel Green Power has started a technology conversion project at its 3SUN factory, in Catania, Italy, to enable the facility to become the exclusive manufacturer of heterojunction technology (HJT) bifacial photovoltaic (PV) panels. The HJT bifacial PV... 

15 MW Essakane hybrid plant inaugurated in Burkina Faso

By: Simone Liedtke     19th March 2018 The 15 MW Essakane solar plant, in northern Burkina Faso, has been officially opened. The photovoltaic (PV) plant will supply electricity to Iamgold's Essakane gold mine. 

AfDB teams up with international organisation to drive solar development in Africa

By: Simone Liedtke     19th March 2018 The African Development Bank (AfDB) has signed a joint declaration with the International Solar Alliance (ISA) to promote the development of solar energy in Africa. The joint declaration recognises the bank's leadership in working with several parties, including governments, the private sector... 

Eskom to cut electricity supply to Free State municipality

By: African News Agency      16th March 2018 Power utility Eskom said on Friday it was left with no choice but to intermittently cut electricity supply to Free State's Tokologo Municipality after debt repayment negotiations failed. ''After allowing the municipality a grace period to meet Eskom’s terms to settle its outstanding debt of R36... 

Wind body dismisses as ‘false’ link between IPPs and tariffs surge

By: Terence Creamer     16th March 2018 The South African Wind Energy Association (SAWEA) has dismissed as a “falsehood” claims by the National Union of Metalworkers (Numsa) and Transform RSA that the 27 renewable-energy projects, which the two organisations are seeking to block through a court challenge, will raise the cost of... 

Wind body dismisses as ‘false’ link between IPPs and tariffs surge

Namibian PV solar plant to start operating in September

By: Marleny Arnoldi     16th March 2018 Solar developer Alten Africa has achieved financial closure of what will be the biggest photovoltaic (PV) solar power plant in Namibia and one of the biggest in sub-Saharan Africa.  

Namibian PV solar plant to start operating in September
Alten Africa PV solar plant in Spain

Renewables advisory firm still bullish on South African prospects despite setbacks

By: Terence Creamer     16th March 2018 International renewable-energy advisory firm K2 Management remains convinced that, despite recent setbacks, the role of wind and solar will continue to rise in the South African electricity mix. Therefore, the company is preparing to expand its presence in the country, as well as the rest of... 

Renewables advisory firm still bullish on South African prospects despite setbacks
K2 Management South Africa head Hebren James

Eaton launches Wadeville microgrid using second-hand car batteries for storage

By: Schalk Burger     16th March 2018 Power management multinational Eaton has launched a microgrid that powers its factory and campus in Wadeville, Gauteng, using second-hand lithium-ion electric car batteries for its storage component. The batteries come from Nissan Leaf electric vehicles driven in Europe, and have about 4.5 years... 

Eaton launches Wadeville microgrid using second-hand car batteries for storage
Eaton Wadeville factory and rooftop solar PV

PEWA to set stage for African energy investment once again

By: Marleny Arnoldi     16th March 2018 With 600-million people in Africa not having access to electricity, the onus is on Power & Electricity World Africa (PEWA) to provide the platform that will encourage investment in infrastructure and grid connection across Africa.  

PEWA to set stage for African  energy investment once again
POWER UNITED Terrapinn is expecting about 8 000 attendees from more than 40 African countries, including 350 exhibitors and 300 speakers, to attend PEWA 2018

Eskom to use PEWA as engagement platform

By: Marleny Arnoldi     16th March 2018 With new board members appointed at State-owned utility Eskom, it is important that they create credibility and communicate adequately with the market on what they are doing to stabilise the utility, and the hosting of this year’s Power & Electricity World Africa (PEWA) will be used as a platform... 

Eskom to use PEWA as engagement platform
JABU MABUZA PEWA organiser Terrapinn believes Eskom’s issues will stabilise, especially with strengthened governance that entailed the appointment of the new Eskom chairperson and board

Energy management automation products to be exhibited at PEWA

By: Marleny Arnoldi     16th March 2018 Electrical solutions and lighting specialist organisation Magnet Group will exhibit at Power & Electricity World Africa (PEWA) on March 27 and 28 at the Sandton Convention Centre, in Gauteng.  

Energy management automation products to be exhibited at PEWA
EM270 ENERGY METER Carlo Gavazzi’s quick-fit 3-phase energy analyser with DIN rail or panel mounting capability will be showcased by Magnet Group at Power & Electricity World Africa

Engine manufacturer offers new generator engine series

By: Marleny Arnoldi     16th March 2018 Engine manufacturer Cummins’ South African branch will take its latest engine series of gensets, the QSG12, to market in the second quarter of 2018.  

Engine manufacturer offers new generator engine series
ROBIN KURIAKOSE Cummins aims to get maximum power density from its gensets, from a cylinder capacity perspective and a footprint size perspective

PV monitoring solutions cater for increasing solar use

By: Marleny Arnoldi     16th March 2018 Leading Germany-based solar monitoring, smart energy and feed-in management company Solar-Log will showcase its professional solution for qualified photovoltaic (PV) system monitoring and energy management at the Power & Electricity World Africa (PEWA) event on March 27 and 28, which will be held... 

PV monitoring  solutions cater for  increasing solar use
PLATFORM FOR PURPOSE Solar-Log says PEWA has been the best place for the company to enter into the South African market while learning about PV requirements

Waste-to-energy significant to Africa’s energy mix

By: Marleny Arnoldi     16th March 2018 Integrated infrastructure delivery company AECOM says waste-to-energy (WtE) electricity conversion can play a significant role in the future of Africa’s energy mix, providing extra support to fossil-fuel baseload power stations.  

Waste-to-energy significant  to Africa’s energy mix
Photo by Bloomberg
POWER IN WASTE With 54-million people generating waste in South Africa, the potential to use that waste for energy conversion is promising

Colenso power project set for construction in 2019

By: Donald Makhafola     16th March 2018 The development of the greenfield Colenso anthracite coal mining project, in KwaZulu-Natal - primarily earmarked to supply the coal-fired Colenso power station currently in the planning phase - is expected to start next year at an estimated cost of R410-million, says coal mining and independent... 

Colenso power project set  for construction in 2019
Photo by Creamer Media
POWER SUPPLY The Colenso power station will provide baseload power to stabilise the national power grid

Numsa supports renewable energy, wants job security

By: Sane Dhlamini     15th March 2018 The National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa (Numsa) on Thursday said its opposition to Eskom’s power purchase agreements with independent power producers (IPPs) was because the State had not consulted workers on the impact of the deal. Numsa and Transform RSA used the courts to block the... 

Numsa supports renewable energy, wants job security
Photo by Creamer Media
Numsa installed rooftop solar at its Johannesburg office in 2013.

Energy researchers applaud carbon tax, but call for simplified design

By: Terence Creamer     15th March 2018 The University of Cape Town’s Energy Research Centre (ERC) has welcomed the decision of the South African government to end “years of deferral” by setting a clear date, January 1, 2019, for the implementation of a carbon tax. The ERC believes a carbon tax is in South Africa’s national interest... 

Energy researchers applaud carbon tax, but call for simplified design
ERC’s Professor Harald Winkler

NUM welcomes delay in signing of agreements with IPPs

By: Marleny Arnoldi     14th March 2018 The National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) on Wednesday welcomed government’s decision, on Tuesday, to hold off on the signing of power purchase agreements with 27 independent power producers (IPPs).  

NUM welcomes delay in signing of agreements with IPPs

Energy-intensive firms say carbon tax wrong tool for reducing power emissions

By: Terence Creamer     14th March 2018 The Industry Task Team on Climate Change (ITTCC), which includes many of South Africa’s largest mining and industrial companies, says the proposed carbon tax will have no material impact on reducing carbon emissions from the electricity sector, which is responsible for around half of the... 

Energy-intensive firms say carbon tax wrong tool for reducing power emissions

Legal challenge not end of the road for renewables 

14th March 2018 Creamer Media's Chanel de Bruyn speaks to Engineering News Editor Terence Creamer about the latest delay in the signing of power purchase agreements with 27 independent power producers and how this impacts on the electricity debate in South Africa. 

Legal challenge not end of the road for renewables
Legal challenge not end of the road for renewables

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