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Solar power for geysers to be compulsory

By: Sapa     5th March 2008 Electric geysers will have to incorporate solar heating by 2010 in all new houses valued at over R750 000, or larger than 300 square metres, Parliament heard on Wednesday. This would also apply to commercial buildings, hostels, resorts and shopping centres, the Department of Minerals and Energy... 

French agency's loan seeks to encourage localisation of 100-MW SA wind farm

By: Terence Creamer     29th February 2008 South African power utility Eskom and French development agency Agence Française de Développement (AFD) signed a financing framework agreement at the weekend as a precursor to the conclusion of a €100-million, 20-year loan for the partial financing of Eskom's new wind farm... 

SA's shores could generate up to 10 000 MW, but costs still an obstacle

By: Olivia Soraya Spadavecchia     26th February 2008 South Africa's coast has the potential to generate between 8 000 and 10 000 MW of wave power, the Centre for Renewable and Sustainable Energy Studies said on Tuesday following its first ocean energy workshop held in the Western Cape. The majority of the 8 000 MW to 10 000 MW would come from... 

Construction of 4 300 MW hydropower project to start in next 18 to 24 months

By: Christy van der Merwe     18th February 2008 The Western Power Corridor Company (Westcor) has announced the launch of the Inga Three hydropower project, under the leadership of the African Union, and developed by Angola, Botswana, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Namibia, and South Africa. The pre-feasibility study for the 4 300 MW... 

Free State won’t give up biofuel initiatives

By: Sapa     15th February 2008 The Free State government will not give up its biofuel initiatives despite the exclusion of maize by cabinet, Free State premier Beatrice Marshoff said on Friday. "We have had to reconsider our options regarding this project," Marshoff said in her State of the Province address in... 

Canadian firm in talks with govt for land to build wave-power project

By: Liezel Hill     5th February 2008 Vancouver-based renewable energy company Finavera Renewables has identified two, yet undisclosed, sites in the Western Cape for a proposed 20-MW wave-power project, and is waiting for the South African government to provide terms under which it is prepared to lease the space. 

Eskom may soon pull trigger on 100-MW solar-energy project 

By: Irma Venter     1st February 2008 Embattled power utility Eskom will decide later this year whether it will go ahead with its 100-MW solar energy project, earmarked for the Northern Cape. “We are hoping for a decision to continue with the project – or not – by March or April,” says Eskom renewable energy... 

Eskom may soon pull trigger on 100-MW solar-energy project

By: Irma Venter     1st February 2008 Embattled ower utility Eskom will decide later this year whether it will go ahead with its 100 MW solar energy project, earmarked for the Northern Cape.  

Solar water-heater initiative receives R2bn funding boost

By: Olivia Soraya Spadavecchia     1st February 2008 State-owned power utility Eskom's solar-powered water heater incentive programme, which was due to be rolled out soon, will only be launched on a national basis once suppliers are registered in all main centres, it says. 

Plan to roll out 2 000 solar traffic lights given new urgency

By: Christy van der Merwe     1st February 2008 Motorists can look forward to fully functional traffic lights, regardless of load shedding, as the National Energy Efficiency Agency (NEEA) is in the process of finalising agreements for the provision of solar-powered robots at over 2 000 major intersections in Johannesburg, as well as in the... 

Malawi looks to diversify energy mix with ethanol stove plan

By: Marcel Chimwala     25th January 2008 The Malawi government says it is seeking engineering firms interested in the manufacture of components for use in a specialised ethanol-based stove, which the government wants to promote as a way of diversifying from overdependence on firewood, paraffin and charcoal. 

Eskom gets ready to roll out solar water-heating programme

By: Olivia Soraya Spadavecchia     22nd January 2008 State-owned power utility Eskom's solar-powered water heater incentive programme, which was due to be rolled out soon, would only be launched on a national basis once there was registered suppliers in all main centres, it said on Tuesday. 

NEEA to install solar-powered robots at 2 000 intersections

By: Christy van der Merwe     22nd January 2008 Motorists can look forward to fully functional traffic lights, regardless of load shedding, as the National Energy Efficiency Agency (NEEA) is in the process of finalising agreements for the provision of solar-powered robots at over 2 000 major intersections. 

Climate change mitigation study in ‘final stretch' - Van Schalkwyk

By: Christy van der Merwe     18th January 2008 South Africa's long-term mitigation scenario (LTMS) study, regarding climate change, which would inform future policy decisions, is now in its "final stretch", Environment and Tourism Minister Marthinus van Schalkwyk told delegates at a climate change round table discussion in Cape... 

Absa Capital, Barclays arrange debt facility for $867m Uganda hydropower project

By: Olivia Soraya Spadavecchia     17th January 2008 South African investment bank Absa Capital said on Thursday that it had teamed up with its global affiliate, Barclays, to arrange for the commercial debt facility for a $867-million hydropower project in Uganda. 

The Bali roadmap a ‘real opportunity' to fight climate change

By: Christy van der Merwe     8th January 2008 Concerns over what would happen post-2012 when the Kyoto Protocol expires have been somewhat laid to rest after the United Nations climate change conference in Bali late last year launched a two-year negotiation phase, with clear agenda, to establish a new framework replacing the Kyoto protocol... 

Coal and nuclear still dominate, but Eskom blowing hotter on large-scale wind-energy projects

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     14th December 2007 State power utility Eskom is often criticised for its seeming unwillingness to embrace alternative and renewable energy platforms in seeking ways to align its production to fast increasing demand. There is also some that it plans to reduce its carbon footprint are so heavily geared towards... 

Eskom blowing hotter on large-scale wind-energy prospects

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     13th December 2007 State power utility Eskom is often criticised for its seeming unwillingness to embrace alternative and renewable energy platforms in seeking ways to align its production with fast-increasing demand. There is also some concern that its plans to reduce its carbon footprint are heavily geared... 

Govt teams up with private firm to develop new methane projects

By: Matthew Hill     13th December 2007 Coal-bed methane firm GascoSA, which is exploring for the gas in three South African provinces, could be in commercial methane production in 18 months, spending $169-million, or R1,1-billion, by the end of that period, it said on Thursday.  

Local renewable energy firm moves into African markets

By: Olivia Soraya Spadavecchia     11th December 2007 Africa-focused Okhela Renewable Energy (Orec) CEO Jacob Mabena said that the company planned to commission its prototype 300 kV wind turbine by May next year. 

Maize excluded from SA biofuels plan, production target scaled back 

By: Olivia Soraya Spadavecchia     6th December 2007 The use of maize will be excluded in the production of biofuels, the Department of Minerals and Energy confirmed on Thursday with the release of its final biofuels industrial strategy. Its exclusion comes amid concerns over food security and fears of price increases, Minister Buyelwa Sonjica... 

Cabinet OKs biofuels strategy, industry fears maize may be excluded as feedstock

By: Olivia Soraya Spadavecchia     5th December 2007 The South Africa's Cabinet on Wednesday approved the country's biofuels strategy, and while details were still to be released, concerns have been raised about the possibility that the government might exclude maize as a feedstock for production. The Department of Minerals and Energy... 

SA launches two nanotechnology innovation centres

By: Christy van der Merwe     26th November 2007 A milestone in the Department of Science and Technology's (DST) nanotechnology strategy was reached on Monday, as two nanotechnology innovation centres (NIC) were launched at the CSIR in Pretoria, aiming to make science work for society. 

Second multibillion-rand pumped storage power scheme set for approval

By: Terence Creamer     16th November 2007 State power utility Eskom has received all the necessary approvals, including an environmental record of decision, to proceed with a second multibillion rand pumped-storage scheme, dubbed 'Project Lima', this time in Limpopo province. 

Energy efficiency agency pushes for yet more solar

By: Christy van der Merwe     16th November 2007 The National Energy Efficiency Agency (NEEA) hopes to roll out a further 100 solar-operated traffic-light intersections through the 20 major Metropolitan areas in South Africa, NEEA operations manager Barry Bredenkamp told Engineering News Online. 

Illovo to invest in new R1,4bn Mali mill, cogeneration plant

By: Christy van der Merwe     14th November 2007 Sugar producer Illovo, in partnership with the Government of Mali, on Wednesday announced the construction of a new factory complex in Mali, worth an estimated R1,4-billion. 

African tea and sugar industries to get hydro, cogeneration plants

By: Matthew Hill     9th November 2007 Green financial mechanism the Global Environment Facility (GEF) and the UN Environment Programme (Unep) have joined forces to deliver small-scale hydropower projects and cogeneration power projects to East African states. The two initiatives aimed to first deliver 10 MW of hydropower to the tea... 

Govt delays hamper biofuels investment

By: Christy van der Merwe     7th November 2007 Delays in government decisions regarding the South African biofuels strategy and market have dampened investments and will continue to hamper growth in the short term, growth consulting company Frost & Sullivan said on Wednesday. The company reported that the South African biofuels market could... 

Energy efficiency agency pushes for more solar traffic lights

By: Christy van der Merwe     6th November 2007 The National Energy Efficiency Agency (NEEA) hoped to roll out a further 100 solar operated traffic light intersections through the 20 major Metropolitan areas in South Africa, NEEA operations manager Barry Bredenkamp told Engineering News Online on Tuesday. "Following the phenomenal success of... 

Eskom receives 5 000 MW in cogeneration offers

By: Terence Creamer     5th November 2007 South African power utility Eskom has received expressions of interests for more than 100 cogeneration projects, which, if implemented, could add 5 000 MW to South Africa's energy mix. It has also emerged that these proposed projects exclude discussions for a material cogeneration opportunity... 

Construction on 'green-designed' Cape Town hotel to start in ‘08

By: Christy van der Merwe     2nd November 2007 Property development company Realcor Cape will start construction on an environmentally sensitively planned five-star hotel in Blouberg, near Cape Town, in March 2008. 

Cape biogas-to-electricity project up and running

By: Christy van der Merwe     2nd November 2007 South Africa’s first independent power plant, funded by carbon credits generated under the Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) of the Kyoto Protocol, was launched at the State-owned PetroSA's gas-to-liquids refinery near Mossel Bay in October. 

SA business still hasn't fully woken up to the real opportunities in greenhouse-gas abatement

By: Christy van der Merwe     19th October 2007 Whether you believe that carbon dioxide-induced climate change is a real threat or not, is irrelevant. The fact is that the issue is high on the agenda of politicians and those responsible for drawing up regulation, which means the drive to reduce emissions will affect you and your business. 

40 sun-powered cars to race from Cape Town to Joburg

By: Irma Venter     19th October 2007 Stand aside Lewis Hamilton - the future of motor racing is green. 

India, SA, Brazil agree on nuclear, clean energy cooperation

By: Mariaan Webb     18th October 2007 South Africa, and two of its trade partners, India and Brazil, joined hands in the promotion of nuclear energy, the use of clean energy technologies, such as clean coal and other renewables, and the endorsement of climate change mitigation. The three countries vowed on Wednesday to work together... 

SA, Namibia in talks to build hydropower station

By: Mariaan Webb     12th October 2007 South Africa and Namibia may build a 30-MW hydro-electrical power station on the Orange river, to supply electricity into the southern parts of the neighbouring country. South Africa's Department of Minerals and Energy chief director for electricity, Ompi Aphane, said on Friday that initial... 

Cape Town intersection hosts SA's first solar-powered traffic light 

By: Christy van der Merwe     12th October 2007 Nonfunctioning traffic lights, caused by power cuts, are a motorist's nightmare and cause untold delays, hence the enthusiasm in Cape Town, where the first solar-powered traffic light in South Africa is now functioning. 

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