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Renewable Energy News

Consultants appointed to study feed-in tariff structure

By: Olivia Soraya Spadavecchia     22nd June 2007 The National Energy Regulator of South Africa (Nersa) is playing its part in developing the sector through the creation of a framework for a feed-in tariff for the grid. 

10 SA CDM projects approved - DME

By: Nelendhre Moodley     15th June 2007 Ten CDM projects from entities in South Africa have been approved by the global CDM body, a government official announced on Friday. 

Local green-energy firm aims to build 800 wind turbines in 5 years

By: Mariaan Webb     7th June 2007 Independent power company Palm Power System, a subsidiary of Okhela Renewable Energy Corporation (Orec), will start manufacturing 300-kV wind turbines in January, CEO Jacob Mabena said on Thursday. Orec, which is also pursuing opportunities in hydro, wind, solar, biomass, biofuels and wave... 

Carbon market tripled in 2006 - World Bank

By: Reuters     2nd May 2007 The global carbon market last year tripled to $30-billion from $11-billion in 2005, the World Bank's carbon finance unit said on Wednesday. 

'SA's regulatory, incentive structures stunt renewable-energy growth'

By: Mariaan Webb     25th April 2007 The attractiveness of renewable energy in South Africa would become increasingly significant, but regulatory environment and incentives structures would have to change to facilitate more growth, an industry analyst said on Wednesday. 

Methane-extraction project could power up Great Lakes region

By: Nelendhre Moodley     24th April 2007 A landmark gas-extraction project will be rolled out later this year, which aims to produce cheap power by economically and profitably extracting methane from Lake Kivu, which lies between Rwanda and the DRC. 

Initial site evaluation completed for SA wave-energy project

By: Mariaan Webb     19th April 2007 Wind and wave technology developer Finavera Renewables has completed the initial site evaluation and selection process for its planned 20-MW wave-energy project in South Africa, which is estimated to cost $40-million (around R281,6-million). CEO Jason Bak said on Thursday that the site selection,... 

Botswana may build solar-geothermal power plant

By: Matthew Hill     2nd April 2007 The Botswana government has called for companies to tender for the provision of consultancy services to conduct a prefeasibility study for the construction of a solar geothermal power plant in the country. 

Top economist believes economies can still grow while taking responsibility for climate change

By: Terence Creamer     30th March 2007 Renowned UK economist Sir Nicholas Stern, author of the now famed ‘Stern Review: The Economics of Climate Change’, believes adaptive and mitigation action to stem the flow of carbon-dioxide emissions, viewed by most scientists as the cause of global warming, is not only urgent, but also not... 

World Bank, eThekwini launch landmark clean-power project

By: Matthew Hill     20th March 2007 The eThekwini Municipality and the World Bank on Tuesday launched the Durban Landfill Gas to Electricity Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) project, which was the first Kyoto Protocol CDM project of its kind in Africa. 

Solar water-heating intervention aims to reduce power consumption

By: Helene Le Roux     16th March 2007 In the midst of South Africa�€™s growing demand for electricity, the State-owned Central Energy Fund (CEF), the Department of Science and Technology (DST) and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) have launched a solar water-heating intervention, aimed at assisting households... 

Eskom to launch pilot cogeneration plant in April

By: Mariaan Webb     13th March 2007 State-owned power utility Eskom is to launch its pilot cogeneration project next month as it moves towards achieving at least 900 MW from cogeneration by 2011, Eskom Enterprises business development manager Rob Higgo said on Tuesday. Speaking at a workshop in Johannesburg, where delegates debated... 

Renewable-energy equipment market to benefit from power crunch

By: Liezel Hill     9th March 2007 Although the South African renewable energy equipment market is still small, it is poised for “spectacular” growth, driven by increased demand for electricity in general, and renewable energy technologies in particular, consultancy Frost and Sullivan said on Friday.  

Jo'burg may cut power demand by 25 MWh in medium term - Masondo

By: Mariaan Webb     8th March 2007 The City of Johannesburg will soon complete a feasibility study on energy management, which could see the city shedding up to 25MWh, Mayor Amos Masondo said on Thursday. 

State power utility mulls various ways to meet 47 252-MW target for 2025

By: Jade Davenport     1st December 2006 In a bid to meet South Africa’s phenomenal growth in electricity demand, State-owned utility Eskom is currently evaluating an elaborate capacity project funnel that comprises 17 375 MW is potential new projects. 

CSIR aims to prove effectiveness of solar disinfection of water in global project

     24th November 2006 The Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) will represent South Africa in an international, multipartner project, aiming to demonstrate that solar disinfection (SODIS) of drinking water is an effective, appropriate and acceptable intervention against waterborne diseases. 

Lesotho solar project wins $130 000 World Bank grant

By: Jade Davenport     6th October 2006 The World Bank has signed a $130 000 grant agreement for a solar energy project aimed at improving the lives of rural Lesotho communities. 

Solar suport for biodiesel

By: Laura Tyrer     6th October 2006 Energy consultancy and solar thermal company New Energy Technologies is developing a solar power system to support a biodiesel manufacturing plant, in Ventersdorp. 

Is mega solar power on the way, or will high costs keep it at bay?

By: Irma Venter     18th August 2006 It’s 35 ?C in the shade. Often. In Upington, a town in the arid, ironed-flat expanse of the Northern Cape, the extreme and persistent heat may cause some to become hot and bothered, but to Eskom it’s good news – because this is where the utility is consider-ing building its... 

Commercialisation vital for green-energy success

By: Clement Deane     28th July 2006 In order for renewable energy to have a future in South Africa, it needs to be commercialised, according to NuPlanet director Anton-Louis Olivier. NuPlanet has been involved in a number of renewable energy projects and a current project in South Africa is the development of the Bethlehem... 

New technology to help cut manufacturing cost of alternative energy source

By: Zonika Botha     26th May 2006 An agreement between the Central Energy Fund (CEF), of South Africa, and IFE, a German company, will help to make solar power a much more cost-effective alternative energy solution for end users. 

Pushing the envelope in power and networks

By: Keith Campbell     17th February 2006 Part of the Electronics wing of the IST Group, IST Telecom is set to expand the option of fuel-cell technology in South Africa this year. 

Oil major seeks environmentally responsible energy balance

By: Keith Campbell     25th March 2005 GIANT global energy group BP is fully aware of the “paradox” it faces, between the provision of energy and the provision of energy in an environmentally responsible way. 

Renewable renaissance: local solar breakthrough brings hope

By: Irma Venter     11th June 2004 It looks like a small piece of blackened glass – what it can do, though, is produce 10 W of electricity. And, on top of that, it promises to do so at a cost of more than 50% less than anything else on the market. 

Getting personal about wind power

By: Terry Mackenzie-hoy     14th May 2004 Many years ago there was a technical magazine editor who liked to see his name, indeed his life, in print. 

Solar-powered electric planes – it’s about time

By: Terry Mackenzie-hoy     10th October 2003 As we chug towards the 100th anniversary of the Wright brothers’ flight one can’t help but notice that all aeroplanes run on avgas or gasoline, even after 100 years. 

SA to host world wind-energy conference

     19th September 2003 Cape Town will play host to the World Wind Energy Conference and Renewable Energy Exhibition (WWEC) from November 23 to 26. 

Solar geyser punted as green solution

By: nkolola halwindi     1st August 2003 With 93,8% of South Africa’s energy produced from coal-fired power stations, the country is among the six largest carbon-dioxide producers per capita worldwide, says Solar Heat managing member Dylan Tudor Jones. 

Gauteng releases revised trade, investment strategy

By: laurian clemence     25th June 2003 Gauteng MEC for Finance and Economic Affairs Jabu Moleketi yesterday announced a revised Gauteng Trade and Industry strategy (TIS), originally launched in 1997, which is designed to broaden economic benefits in the province and address unemployment. 

Bringing power to millions

By: Karel Smrcka     21st March 2003 Scientists believe they are in reach of evolving simple, low-cost solar-power cells that could at last bring electricity to billions of people in the developing world. 

Organic solar-power research holds promise

By: Karel Smrcka     25th October 2002 Solar cells made from conventional semiconductor materials, such as silicon. are becoming increasingly common. 

Wind power still too costly

By: Keith Campbell     11th October 2002 Is wind power really too expensive an energy source for South Africa? A cost comparison with Brazil suggests that it still is too costly for South Africa. 

State sets renewable energy targets

By: Deborah Spicer     23rd August 2002 While the difficulty of setting renewable-energy targets has been demonstrated by talks leading up to the World Summit on Sustainable Development (WSSD), different levels of government in South Africa have begun to propose targets for the portion of total energy use that should come from... 

Rural communities still to embrace solar stove

By: vanessa vasques     2nd August 2002 Imagine buying a fully operational stove for under R200. Not many of us could even fathom such a thing, but even more unthinkable is the fact that the manufacturer is trying its best to keep the cost of the stove even lower than this, and yet so few people are using them, especially those for... 

Zambia sets electrification target

     19th July 2002 ZAMBIA – Half of the Zambian population will have access to the national electricity grid by 2010, in terms of a target the country’s government has set for itself. 

Cape backing to two wind-farms

     5th July 2002 Cape Town is throwing its weight behind the Western Cape’s two wind energy projects - the Darling demonstration wind farm and Eskom’s wind energy demonstration facility. 

Sun puts sparkle in dirty water

By: Karel Smrcka     5th July 2002 An aerating device originally designed to revive a dying trout farm in the UK is finding many applications around the globe, including use alongside conventional equipment in cleaning major spills and pollutants from decommissioned oil rigs. 

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