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Renewable Energy News

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.  

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... 

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

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... 

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

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

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.

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

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

China's EximBank approves $1.3bn for Guinea hydro plant

By: Reuters     14th March 2018 China's EximBank has approved $1.3-billion in financing for a 450 MW hydroelectric plant in Guinea that the West African country's government hopes will allow it to export electricity to neighbouring countries. State-owned EximBank first agreed to fund construction of the Souapiti dam, about 50... 

BP outlines the prospects for global energy demand

By: Kim Cloete     13th March 2018 India is rapidly emerging as the world’s largest growth market for energy, says BP West Africa head of origination John Goodridge. He told the annual African Refiners & Distributors (ARA) conference, in Cape Town, that while growth in energy demand in China was tapering off, demand in India would... 

Pro-Zuma group blocks energy deals in blow to Ramaphosa

By: Reuters     13th March 2018 President Cyril Ramaphosa was dealt a political blow on Tuesday, after a last-minute legal challenge by a group loyal to ousted leader Jacob Zuma blocked the signing of $4.7-billion in renewable energy deals. The North Gauteng High Court agreed to hold a full hearing on the challenge on March 27... 

Pro-Zuma group blocks energy deals in blow to Ramaphosa
President Cyril Ramaphosa

Legal challenge a hurdle, but 'not end of the road' for renewables

By: Terence Creamer     13th March 2018 The excitement associated with Energy Minister Jeff Radebe’s move to end two years of confidence-sapping uncertainty in South Africa’s independent power producer (IPP) market, turned to frustration on Tuesday when the signing of agreements for 27 renewable-energy projects was voluntarily delayed... 

Legal challenge a hurdle, but 'not end of the road' for renewables
Energy Minister Jeff Radebe

South African court grants union interdict blocking renewable energy deal

By: African News Agency      13th March 2018 The National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa said it had obtained an urgent court interdict preventing power utility Eskom from signing renewable energy contracts on Tuesday with 27 independent power producers (IPPs). The move will be a blow for independent producers who say the deals would... 

South African court grants union interdict blocking renewable energy deal

Himoinsa sees demand growth in construction, mining in Africa 

By: Schalk Burger     12th March 2018 Power equipment manufacturer Himoinsa has expanded its local African teams and partners to meet the growing demand for custom-designed power systems and generators in the construction and mining sectors, Himoinsa Europe, Middle East and Africa director Guillermo Elum said on Monday. The demand... 

Himoinsa sees demand growth in construction, mining in Africa
Himoinsa EMEA regional director Guillermo Elum, Himoinsa Southern Africa MD Martin Foster and Himoinsa Southern Africa business development director Matthew Bell discuss the company’s growth and business development in Africa. Video and editing: Nicholas Boyd.

New energy, environment partnership to further continental economy

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     12th March 2018 A new Energy and Environment Partnership (EEP) trust fund, covering Southern and East Africa was launched on Monday, with a combined commitment of €25-million from Finland and the Nordic Development Fund (NDF). The EEP is a multidonor fund providing early-stage grant and catalytic financing to... 

New energy, environment partnership to further continental economy

Conference to shed light on CO2-based production technologies

9th March 2018 The sixth edition of the international Carbon Dioxide as Feedstock for Fuels, Chemicals and Polymers conference will take place in Cologne, Germany in mid-March. More than 200 industry and research experts are expected to attend the symposium. Organiser, independent institute Nova-Institute, has... 

Conference to shed  light on CO2-based  production technologies
CAPTURED CARBON-DIOXIDE It is only a matter of time before carbon dioxide is an important feedstock of the chemicals and energy industries

Fund invests in Africa-focused renewables IPP

By: Dylan Slater     9th March 2018 Clean energy infrastructure and resource efficiency investment company Inspired Evolution has signed a deal to invest up to $36-million in independent power producer (IPP) Alten Renewable Energy Developments Africa, which is the sub-Saharan Africa-focused subsidiary of Netherlands-based solar... 

NPC engages stakeholders on South Africa’s future energy mix

By: Marleny Arnoldi     8th March 2018 The National Planning Commission (NPC) on Thursday hosted a roundtable discussion on its energy paper, which was released in February. The discussion covered mainly coal and carbon pricing, the end-state of the electricity industry, nuclear energy, the integration of renewables into the national... 

NPC engages stakeholders on South Africa’s future energy mix

Radebe ends years of IPP uncertainty, unlocks R56bn in renewables investment 

By: Terence Creamer     8th March 2018 Energy Minister Jeff Radebe moved decisively on Thursday to end the confidence-sapping uncertainty that has hung over South Africa’s independent power producer (IPP) programmes for more than two years, announcing that project agreements for 27 stalled renewable-energy projects would be signed on... 

Radebe ends years of IPP uncertainty, unlocks R56bn in renewables investment
Photo by Creamer Media
Energy Minister Jeff Radebe

New rules needed to facilitate transition to decentralised electricity system – Tau  

By: Terence Creamer     7th March 2018 South African Local Government Association (Salga) president Parks Tau has called for an overhaul of the policy and regulations governing electricity supply in South Africa to facilitate a transition towards a more decentralised electricity system. Addressing a well-attended Salga Energy Summit... 

New rules needed to facilitate transition to decentralised electricity system – Tau
Salga president Parks Tau discusses the benefits of transitioning to a decentralised electricity supply model. Video and editing: Nicholas Boyd.

Minigrids gradually becoming more connected in Africa

By: Simone Liedtke     7th March 2018 Emerging power generation networks, which are minigrids that are off the grid, are gradually becoming more connected and providing a directional generation of supply to the demand in Africa, where about 625-million people are still without access to power. At a media roundtable discussion on... 

Commission approves Thebe Renewable Energy’s acquisition of four energy firms

By: Marleny Arnoldi     7th March 2018 The Competition Commission has recommended to the Competition Tribunal that Thebe Renewable Energy Holdings’s proposed acquisition of Phembani Solar Energy, Phembani Renewables, Shanduka Black Umbrellas Energy and Pulida Energy, be approved.  

AfDB secures $52.5m to fund renewable energy projects in Zambia

By: Marleny Arnoldi     7th March 2018 The board of the Green Climate Fund (GCF) has approved the first funding proposal of the African Development Bank (AfDB) for Zambia’s renewable energy financing framework, providing a $50-million loan and a $2.5-million grant.  

AfDB secures $52.5m to fund renewable energy projects in Zambia
100 MW of renewable energy projects will be financed in Zambia

Renewable energy procurement programme notches up successes despite delays

By: Kim Cloete     7th March 2018 A recent report has shown that 112 projects have been procured through the Renewable Energy Independent Power Producers Procurement Programme (REIPPPP), with 62 of those having started commercial operations by December 31, 2017. The total infrastructure investment from 64 signed projects totals... 

DoE says renewable energy receiving ‘urgent attention’, Minister to brief the media on REIPPPP on Thursday 

By: Kim Cloete     7th March 2018 The Department of Energy (DoE) has promised that the signing of the outstanding power purchase agreements with renewable energy independent power producers (IPP) is receiving “very urgent attention” and would happen soon. Director General of the DoE Thabane Zulu on Tuesday told Parliament’s... 

DoE says renewable energy receiving ‘urgent attention’, Minister to brief the media on REIPPPP on Thursday
Photo by Creamer Media
IPP Office head Karen Breytenbach

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