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Renewable Energy News

Wind-energy farm, Western Cape

By: System Author     12th November 1999 The 10 MW Darling demonstration wind farm, an initiative by the Oelsner Group, is nearing implementation stage, and commissioning of the first 5 MW phase is expected next year. 

How power can be brought to rural areas through technology

By: System Author     5th November 1999 A renewed focus is needed to bring electricity to the world’s rural areas. 

Solar-powered emergency callpoints

By: System Author     5th November 1999 Calling ambulance services and the South African Police Services is being made easier with the installation of emergency callpoints throughout the Cape metropolitan area’s informal settlements. A hundred premanufactured callpoints are being erected at a rate of ten a day among the six local... 

Technological advances with solar cells

By: System Author     22nd October 1999 Developments to Watch 

Sun shines brightly on new referral system

By: System Author     15th October 1999 Pumps 

Darling power project is blowing in the wind

By: System Author     27th August 1999 Electrically Speaking 

Solar power solution in barrow

By: System Author     27th August 1999 An innovative solution has been found for previously-disadvantaged communities to obtain hot, purified water; a necessity to most people. 

DME set to power-up non-grid image in SA

By: System Author     6th August 1999 Non-grid electrification should be seen as being equal to that of grid electrification 

SA non-grid must find its place in the sun

By: System Author     6th August 1999 David Poggiolini Engineering News Features Reporter South Africa has the expertise, the resources and the manufacturers, and yet it does not even feature on the renewable-energy map, argues Solcen MD Hannes Opperman. Solcen is a non-governmental organisation (NGO) which strives to promote the use... 

Private wind farm awaits purchase decision

By: System Author     6th August 1999 A decision on a power purchase agreement (PPA) for the proposed pilot wind farm located at Darling, on the Cape West Coast, is imminent following the conclusion of talks between the developer of the project, Darling Independent Power Producer (IPP) and power utility Eskom. 

Duties, theft short-circuit solar-energy sector

By: System Author     6th August 1999 Steep customs duties on imported photovoltaic (PV) components and the theft of PV modules are hampering the growth of the local solar-energy manufacturing industry, Africa Solar MD John Doster tells 

Cape mulling pilot wind-farm project

By: System Author     9th July 1999 Adecision to proceed with a pilot wind-farm project in the Western Cape is expected by the end of this year. Project leader: wind Lizelle Kok reports that State-owned power utility Eskom has been conducting desktop studies on wind energy for two years, looking at the feasibility of such an... 

R188m solar project lights up rural towns

By: System Author     11th June 1999 Twinkling lights, the sound of up-to-the-minute television news broadcasts and lilting radio music are becoming part and parcel of nights in the rolling hills of rural northern Kwazulu-Natal. This follows the launch of a R188-million solar power project that is set to provide power to 60 000... 

Solar roof development

By: System Author     30th April 1999 A solar roofing system, jointly developed by Gapp Architects and Urban Designers and Solar Heat Exchangers, is being used to roof part of a public bathhouse built for the Katorus Market Society. This society is a non-governmental organisation representing the townships of Katlehong, Tokoza and... 

Sunny South Africa becomes solar capital

By: System Author     2nd April 1999 A R2,7-million solar energy project completed last month is providing electricity to 582 homes, three schools and eight businesses in the remote Folovhodwe village in the Northern Province. The project has been undertaken in a joint venture between ASE, IBC, Webasto, and Siemens, which led the... 

EU funds for school electrification

By: System Author     2nd April 1999 The European Union (EU) is providing 15-million Euro for the remote electrification of 1 000 rural schools in South Africa that are outside of Eskom’s grid expansion plan using solar energy. Eskom non-grid electrification project leader Henry van Rensburg tells Engineering News that the EU... 

Renewed vision on non-grid electrification

By: System Author     19th February 1999 In the new White Paper on Energy Policy released in December last year, government recognises the need to bring the role of non-grid electrification projects in line with grid electrification projects. “Biomass forms the main energy source in the rural domestic sector, while other renewable... 

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