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Renewable Energy News

Zest to enter renewables market

By: Shannon de Ryhove     8th June 2018 Local manufacturer of large electrical equipment and supplier of motors, drives and switchgear Zest WEG Group Africa has announced exclusively to Engineering News that it has recently restructured its business to include the renewable-energy industry. This move is strategically aligned with the... 

Demand rising for funding for grid-tied renewables

By: Schalk Burger     8th June 2018 Financing to build renewable-energy systems for use by businesses in South Africa is growing, with many projects showing good financial viability and return on investment, says financial institution Absa renewable-energy head Justin Schmidt. The return on investment for well-designed energy... 

Demand rising for funding for grid-tied renewables
JUSTIN SCHMIDT Most companies will rely on more than one source of energy, and the most compelling business cases currently are grid-tied solutions

Good corporate citizenship in a post-State-capture South Africa 

By: Kim Cloete     8th June 2018 A string of corporate governance failures and climate change challenges have cranked up the pressure on companies to become better corporate citizens and take care of the environment they are operating in. The renewed emphasis on governance and sustainability is not limited to the private sector,... 

Good corporate citizenship in a post-State-capture South Africa

Reinstatement of Eskom system reports seen as way to rebuild trust through transparency

By: Terence Creamer     7th June 2018 State-owned electricity producer Eskom has re-launched its weekly system status report as part of broader efforts to rebuild trust with South African citizens, who remain skeptical about the utility’s ability to keep the lights on. The service, which is now available on Eskom’s website, was... 

Reinstatement of Eskom system reports seen as way to rebuild trust through transparency
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Eskom system operator Bernard Magoro

Eskom must diversify its energy mix – MacColl  

By: Nadine James     7th June 2018 State-owned power utility Eskom should diversify its energy mix, Electric Power Research Institute senior regional manager Barry MacColl said during a panel discussion on South Africa’s energy policy, and specifically the Integrated Resource Plan (IRP). The panel, held on Thursday at the Mazars... 

Interest in IFC’s solar procurement solution growing across Africa

By: Terence Creamer     6th June 2018 The International Finance Corporation (IFC) reports that its programme to support African governments and utilities in procuring solar photovoltaic (PV) capacity from independent power producers (IPPs) has made significant headway in four countries, with construction of the first project under... 

Interest in IFC’s solar procurement solution growing across Africa
IFC country manager Saleem Karimjee

Another two South African wind projects reach financial close

By: Terence Creamer     5th June 2018 A further two South African wind farms, with a combined investment value of R6.6-billion, have reached financial close following the signing of agreements for 27 renewable-energy projects on April 4. Global wind and solar company Mainstream Renewable Power announced on Tuesday that construction... 

Another two South African wind projects reach financial close

Record amount of renewable energy installed in 2017 - research

By: Reuters     4th June 2018 A record amount of renewable power capacity was installed worldwide last year as the cost of wind and solar became even more competitive with fossil fuels, research by renewables policy organisation REN21 showed. Renewable power generation capacity had its largest annual increase yet in 2017,... 

Prepare for greater generation competition, Radebe tells Eskom

By: Terence Creamer     4th June 2018 Energy Minister Jeff Radebe has hinted at possible dramatic changes in the structure of South Africa’s electricity supply industry, which is currently dominated by Eskom, a vertically integrated State-owned utility. During a recent stakeholder gathering the Minister responded strongly in the... 

Prepare for greater generation competition, Radebe tells Eskom

South Africa to release new-look renewables bid window in November

By: Terence Creamer     1st June 2018 Energy Minister Jeff Radebe announced on Friday that South Africa would launch a fifth Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer Procurement Programme (REIPPPP) bid window in November with the aim of procuring a further 1 800 MW of renewable energy from independent power producers (IPPs).... 

South Africa to release new-look renewables bid window in November
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Energy Minister Jeff Radebe

Renergen impairs hydro project to focus on South African natural gas market

By: Simone Liedtke     1st June 2018 Integrated alternative energy business Renergen impaired its R12.2-million Côte d’Ivoire Hydro hydroelectric project, which was managed by its subsidiary, Mega Power Renewables, during the 2018 financial year and shifted its focus to the South African natural gas market. The impairment decision... 

Property sector increasingly embracing solar PV plants

By: Marleny Arnoldi     1st June 2018 JSE-listed real estate investment trust South African Corporate Real Estate (Sacre) will invest more than R30-million to install rooftop solar photovoltaic (PV) plants to help curb ever-rising electricity tariffs at its malls and reduce their carbon footprint.  

Property sector increasingly embracing solar PV plants
Montana Crossing solar panel rooftop

Kenyan solar energy firm signs 40 MW power deal with State-run utility

By: Reuters     31st May 2018 A private Kenyan power firm has signed a 20-year deal to sell 40 MW it will generate from a solar plant it is building to the East African nation's State-run distributor, its chief executive said. Kenergy Renewables signed the agreement to sell the electricity to Kenya Power at $0.08/kWh, Khilna... 

B2Gold opens 7 MW solar farm at Namibia mine

By: Marleny Arnoldi     30th May 2018 Gold producer B2Gold Namibia on Wednesday celebrated the opening of the B2Gold Otjikoto solar farm, in the Otjozondjupa region.  

B2Gold opens 7 MW solar farm at Namibia mine
Otjikoto solar farm in Namibia

Umoya study affirms social benefits of renewable energy IPPs 

By: Marleny Arnoldi     29th May 2018 A social impact study done by infrastructure investment managers Umoya Energy has found that the Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer Procurement Programme (REIPPP) is effective in delivering on social benefits through meaningful initiatives.  

Umoya study affirms social benefits of renewable energy IPPs
Hopefield Wind Farm

465 TWh of renewable energy sourced by companies in 2017 – Irena

By: Simone Liedtke     24th May 2018 Companies in 75 countries actively sourced 465 TWh of renewable energy in 2017, an amount close to the overall electricity demand of France, a new report by the International Renewable Energy Agency (Irena) states. With the continued decline in the costs of renewables, the report suggests that... 

Coega perfectly poised to participate in lithium-ion battery industry – CDC

By: Simone Liedtke     23rd May 2018 The Coega Special Economic Zone (SEZ) is at an advanced stage of setting up factories that will supply gigawatt factories with manganese, a key ingredient in most lithium-ion batteries. Coega Development Corporation (CDC) business development metallurgic sector manager Sadick Davids says the SEZ... 

Desalination’s future is going solar – TWS

By: Simone Liedtke     22nd May 2018 The first highly cost-effective solar-powered desalination plant in South Africa will be commissioned by the end of October at Witsand, in the Hessequa municipality, in the Western Cape. The plant will produce 100 kl/d of fresh water to meet the water requirement of the struggling Witsand village. 

Desalination’s future is going solar – TWS

Researchers suggest 100% renewable energy system is plausible

By: Nadine James     18th May 2018 A multinational group of researchers have co-authored a paper to demonstrate that there are no roadblocks to sourcing 100% of a country’s power supply from renewable sources. The researchers, from Germany’s Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, South Africa’s Council for Scientific and Industrial... 

Radebe officiates at launch of R9.4bn Xina Solar One plant

By: Simone Liedtke     18th May 2018 Xina Solar One, which is owned by a consortium between Abengoa, the Industrial Development Corporation, the Public Investment Corporation and the Xina Community Trust, was officially launched near Pofadder, in the Northern Cape, on Friday. The 300 ha solar thermal plant, which was built by... 

Radebe officiates at launch of R9.4bn Xina Solar One plant

New research group to bridge skills gap at Eskom

18th May 2018 Applied Thermo Fluid Process Modelling Research Unit (ATProM), a new research group, is building on an existing collaboration between State-owned power utility Eskom and the University of Cape Town (UCT) to provide engineers with up-to-date research and students with real-world experience while... 

New research group  to bridge skills gap  at Eskom
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HANDS ON Engineering students will get real world experience while helping tackle challenges Eskom faces

Toshiba signs MoUs to support African hydropower, geothermal roll-out

By: Schalk Burger     18th May 2018 Energy systems multinational Toshiba Energy Systems and Solutions signed four memoranda of understanding (MoUs) to cooperate with African countries to develop hydropower and geothermal energy systems. The MoUs were signed on the sidelines of the Japan-Africa Public-Private Economic Forum, in... 

Cranes company upgrades equipment at power stations

18th May 2018 Crane manufacturer Konecranes Southern Africa is currently working on systematically upgrading lifting equipment at State-owned power utility Eskom’s different power stations. The upgrading of the equipment includes repairing equipment that has been misused and replacing equipment that is obsolete. 

Cranes company  upgrades equipment  at power stations
UPGRADING CRANES Konecranes is currently upgrading and replacing crane and lifting equipment at various Eskom power stations across South Africa

Rope specialist introduces drones to NDT at Eskom

By: Erin Steenhoff-Snethlage     18th May 2018 Rope access specialist Skyriders has introduced the collision-tolerant Elios drones to its nondestructive (NDT) testing offering, and has started using them at State-owned power utility Eskom. The drones are part of Skyriders’ turnkey solution offering that improves the efficiency of the NDT and... 

Rope specialist introduces drones to NDT at Eskom
DRONE INSPECTIONS Skyriders has added a drone to its NDT testing offerings at Eskom facilities

Alternative energy continues to power Robben Island

By: Kim Cloete     17th May 2018 A solar and lithium-ion microgrid installed on Robben Island last year has produced 650 000 kWh of solar energy so far. Since adopting a green system, the island has produced an average of 3 250 kWh/d of power, says SOLA Future Energy CEO Dominic Wills. 

Nuclear, renewables must complement each other in South Africa – Cilliers

By: Anine Kilian     17th May 2018 Nuclear and renewables are being pitted against each other in South Africa, which is not helpful in the energy solution space, says professional engineer Dr Anthonie Cilliers, arguing that the technologies should complement one another as part of the broader energy mix. Speaking to Engineering... 

India keen to do business with Africa’s energy sector

By: Kim Cloete     17th May 2018 Representatives from more than 45 Indian companies have been in Cape Town for the African Utility Week, with the hope of cracking deals in everything from the supply of galvanised wire to solar inverters and water generators.  Indian Chamber of Commerce director general and CEO Rajeev Singh... 

R3bn Rosslyn Hub to create 160 000 jobs

By: Nadine James     16th May 2018 The R3-billion mixed-use Rosslyn Hub development was launched at the African Smart Cities Summit, co-located with the African Construction and Totally Concrete Expo, at the Gallagher Convention Centre, in Johannesburg, on Wednesday. The Rosslyn Hub is a crucial step towards the creation of the... 

Renewable energy, plus gas, can meet South Africa's future energy needs – Greenpeace

By: Rebecca Campbell     16th May 2018 The current and any future investment in coal-fired power stations violates the people's right to a clean environment, affirmed Greenpeace (South Africa) Senior Climate and Energy Campaign Manager Melita Steele on Wednesday. She was addressing the National Nuclear Regulator's second Nuclear... 

Radebe sees energy contributing $25bn to South Africa’s $100bn investment target

By: Terence Creamer     16th May 2018 Energy Minister Jeff Radebe says one-quarter, or $25-billion, of South Africa's newly announced five-year investment target of $100-billion could be met through investments in new energy projects, including a possible new greenfield crude oil refinery and a gas pipeline linking South Africa to... 

Radebe sees energy contributing $25bn to South Africa’s $100bn investment target
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Energy Minister Jeff Radebe

Uganda power distributor Umeme to spend $1.2bn to expand grid

By: Reuters     16th May 2018 Ugandan power distributor Umeme plans to spend $1.2-billion in the next seven years to revamp and expand the grid and has hired an adviser to explore options for raising the money, the company's chief executive said on Wednesday. The investments will be used to prepare for an expected rise in... 

Radebe affirms South Africa’s commitment to renewable energy

By: Kim Cloete     15th May 2018 Energy Minister Jeff Radebe has affirmed his commitment to renewable energy in South Africa, saying it will help to reduce pollution and create thousands of jobs. He told delegates at the African Utility Week, in Cape Town, that he was pleased the long-awaited renewable energy power purchase... 

Radebe affirms South Africa’s commitment to renewable energy
Energy Minister Jeff Radebe

Eskom says it intends to play a bigger role in Africa

By: Kim Cloete     15th May 2018 Eskom interim CEO Phakamani Hadebe says the utility is keen to expand its services into other African countries.  “We have made a decision that our ambition is to play a bigger role on the continent,” he told the opening plenary of African Utility Week, in Cape Town, on Tuesday. 

Nuclear to shape future energy solutions

By: Melissa Zisengwe     11th May 2018 Nuclear Energy is globally recognised as a valuable source of safe, clean, reliable and affordable energy, and when harmonised with Africa’s abundant thermal, renewable and hydro resources, a balanced and sustainable energy portfolio for Africa can be achieved, says independent clean energy... 

Nuclear to shape future energy solutions
DES MULLER highlights the importance of making smart choices regarding Africa’s energy planning

Egypt signs MoU with China's GCL for $2bn solar panel factory

By: Reuters     10th May 2018 China's GCL Group has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Egypt's ministry of military production to build a solar panel facility at a cost of up to $2-billion, State-run newspaper Al-Ahram reported on Thursday. Under the MoU, which was signed on Wednesday, the facility will... 

Radebe links IRP certainty to Ramaphosa’s $100bn investment drive

By: Terence Creamer     10th May 2018 The long awaited update to South Africa’s Integrated Resource Plan (IRP) will be presented to Cabinet for its approval on August 15, Energy Minister Jeff Radebe confirmed on Thursday, adding that the document would provide much-needed certainty for investors in the electricity sector. The... 

Radebe links IRP certainty to Ramaphosa’s $100bn investment drive
Photo by Dylan Slater
Energy Minister Jeff Radebe

Coca-Cola Beverages to tap into solar energy

By: Simone Liedtke     9th May 2018 Coca-Cola Beverages South Africa (CCBSA) is installing rooftop solar photovoltaic (PV) units, with a combined installed capacity of 10.4 MW, at 11 of its sites. 10 sites will be completed by the end of the year, with the 11th expected to be completed by the end of February 2019. 

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