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Renewable Energy News

Farming dairy cows and energy all at the same time

By: Terence Creamer     3rd April 2009 When Mark Holliday took ownership eight years ago of the Sunnyside dairy farm, located some five kilometres from Jeffrey’s Bay, he was struck not only by how windswept it was, but that no-one had thought to tap into this valuable resource. He “rang around” to find out whether there were any... 

Denmark says keen to be involved in SA CDM projects

By: Christy van der Merwe     1st April 2009 Danish energy giant, Dong Energy, and the Danish Embassy in South Africa on Wednesday signed an agreement that would see the embassy assist the company to enter the Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) market in South Africa. The embassy would help Dong to identify projects in South Africa where it... 

CDM market seen growing as energy prices rise

By: Chanel de Bruyn     1st April 2009 Industry sectors were not making it a structural business case to pursue clean development mechanism (CDM) projects, MD of NuPlanet Clean Energy Anton-Louis Olivier said on Wednesday. Speaking at the third day of the African Biofuels conference, he noted that as energy prices rise, the CDM... 

Green energy gets shot in the arm with generous SA tariff regime  

By: Terence Creamer     31st March 2009 The National Energy Regulator of South Africa (Nersa) gave South Africa’s nascent renewable-energy industry a major boost on Tuesday when it unveiled a generously priced renewable energy feed-in tariff (Refit) regime for potential wind, minihydro, landfill-gas and concentrating-solar power... 

One-million solar geyser target intact, but financing and regulatory challenges persist

By: Guy Copans     27th March 2009 There was much enthusiasm at the beginning of 2008 for the mass deployment of solar water heaters’ (SWHs) to deal with South Africa’s then obvious power constraints. But as demand has slowed and the system has seemingly stabilised, that enthusiasm seems to have ebbed somewhat and there are... 

Some 15% of SA power should come from renewables by 2020 – WWF

By: Brindaveni Naidoo     27th March 2009 South Africa will be capable of generating 15% of its electricity from a combination of wind and solar power by 2020, says conservation fund, the WWF. The WWF’s new publication, Cheaper Electricity with Renewable Energy, reports that meeting such a target without any international support will... 

Eastern Cape shows the way with energy-independent house design

By: Christy van der Merwe     27th March 2009 An energy efficient building integrated photovoltaic (BIPV) house has been constructed, and is now fully operational and being monitored and studied at the University of Fort Hare, Alice campus. The house took three months to construct and was completed in December 2008, while the electrical... 

State support vital to give factories a renewable boost

By: Leandi Kolver     20th March 2009 The solar and alternative energy industry needs more support from government, says alternative energy company SolarCon MD Dieter Dilchert. "There is an increased demand for alternative energy in South Africa in light of the power shortage issues the country is currently undergoing, however, we... 

SA has made too little renewable-energy headway, Sonjica admits 

By: Chanel de Bruyn     19th March 2009 South Africa had made little progress in ensuring that its goal of developing 10 000 GWh of renewable-energy capacity by 2013 was achieved, Minerals and Energy Minister Buyelwa Sonjica conceded on Thursday. Speaking at a Renewable Energy summit, which was organised by the Department of Minerals... 

New wind-energy partnership sets sights on 500-MW in SA by 2014

By: Terence Creamer     19th March 2009 A newly formed South African-European renewable-energy joint venture announced plans on Thursday for the development of 500 MW of wind-energy capacity in South Africa by 2014, and revealed that its first 30-MW venture would be “construction ready” by early 2010. The joint venture comprises Irish... 

Feed-in tariffs will boost renewable energy investment – WWF 

By: Chanel de Bruyn     19th March 2009 A stronger political will, regional cooperation and international partnerships were needed to support the development of a renewable energy industry in South Africa, speakers at the Renewable Energy Summit, in Centurion, highlighted on Thursday. Sustainable development organisation GZT... 

SA’s climate change mitigation policy should start with sustainable energy solutions – Winkler

By: Christy van der Merwe     6th March 2009 In developing countries, such as South Africa, sustainable supply and use of energy should have development impact as the first priority, and the mitigation of climate change as a logical spin-off, argued University of Cape Town Energy Research Centre associate professor, Harald Winkler. Also a... 

Enviro study for 50 MW wind farm to start soon

By: Jade Davenport     6th March 2009 The environmental impact assessment (EIA) for the proposed 50 MW wind farm in the vicinity of St Helena Bay in the Western Cape is anticipated to begin in March this year. 

Cape Town chamber raises concerns over electricity-distribution programme

By: Creamer Media Reporter      5th March 2009 The Cape Town regional Chamber of Commerce and Industries on Thursday expressed its concern about government’s plans to change the Constitution in order to take the responsibility for electricity distribution away from municipalities and hand it to Regional Electricity Distribution (Red)... 

Renewable energy feed-in tariff to be announced end-March  

By: Creamer Media Reporter      27th February 2009 The National Energy Regulator of South Africa (Nersa) would announce its decision on the renewable energy feed-in tariffs (Refit) at the end of next month, it announced on Friday. Its decision was initially expected to be made in September last year and then on March 9, but it would now be... 

SA to explore use of renewable energy for SKA  

By: SANews, SA government news service     26th February 2009 South Africa is to explore ways in which green energy can be used to operate the Square Kilometre Array (SKA) telescope. The SKA will require energy for data collection and processing and it is hoped that the pathfinder telescopes being developed by South Africa and Australia will give impetus... 

Govt urged to take responsibility for industry’s ‘inaction’ on climate change

By: Christy van der Merwe     25th February 2009 Nongovernmental organisations (NGOs) Oxfam and Earthlife Africa have released a report on climate change, calling for the government to take more responsibility for the inaction of industry, and companies such as Sasol and Eskom, which were some of the largest greenhouse gas emitters in the... 

Swaziland studies 120-MW hydropower plant

By: Christy van der Merwe     24th February 2009 The Swaziland Electricity Company (SEC) has invited submissions from engineering consultancy firms, for the full feasibility and predesign study for the Ngwempisi hydropower cascading scheme. Companies wishing to take part in the study would be required to attend a compulsory site visit on March... 

Population growth providing sugar demand underpin

By: Chanel de Bruyn     23rd February 2009 While the outlook for the world economy is uncertain, agriprocessing firm Tongaat Hulett said that it was satisfied that it was trading in market sectors that remained relatively stable throughout times of economic turmoil. During a telephonic interview on Monday, CEO Peter Staude explained that... 

Largest solar heating system in Africa installed at Gaborone Sun Hotel 

By: Guy Copans     20th February 2009 The biggest solar heating system installed at any hotel in Africa has been installed at the Gaborone Sun Hotel in Botswana.  

‘Intelligent subsidies’ needed to boost SA’s solar water heater industry – Saneri  

By: Christy van der Merwe     13th February 2009 The need for “intelligent subsidies” was at the top of a lengthy list of requirements needed to boost South Africa’s fledgling solar water heater (SWH) industry. “We all acknowledge that Treasury wants subsidies to be phased out eventually - nobody wants a crutch to the industry that becomes a... 

Affordable solar power for local market 

By: Loni Prinsloo     13th February 2009 Solar heating specialists Solar Heat Exchangers has launched a new solar heating system, the Giosol range, to supply the South African market with a more affordable solar heating option. 

Danes to support SA’s wind-mapping project

By: Irma Venter     13th February 2009 A Danish-South African joint venture is set to produce a new wind atlas of the country, determining the wind resource available for wind energy generation. 

Energy crisis could aid SA sustainable development push

By: Brindaveni Naidoo     13th February 2009 South Africa's energy crisis is likely to boost the growth of the green building sector in South Africa, while the current global economic downturn will highlight the need for more sustainable development, says Nicola Douglas, CEO of the Green Building Council of South Africa (GBCSA).  

eThekwini municipality launches ‘first of 
a kind’ energy office

By: Brindaveni Naidoo     13th February 2009 An energy office, said to be the first of its kind in the South Africa was launched by the eThekwini municipality last week, in an attempt to achieve a sustainable future for businesses and residents of the city. 

Africa has the potential to be one of the world’s biggest consumers of renewable energy 

By: Jonathan Faurie     6th February 2009 Africa’s potential to be one of the biggest consumers of renewable energy will be one of the topics to be discussed at the forthcoming International Solar Energy Society (ISES) Solar World Congress. 

Big climate change economy likely to emerge as world seeks low-carbon future

By: Leandi Kolver     6th February 2009 If global greenhouse-gas (GHG) emission reduction opportunities are pursued to their full potential, from €200-billion to €350-billion would be spent annually on these initiatives by 2030, according to global management consulting firm McKinsey & Co. 

Sub-Saharan African firms show willingness 
to adopt green-building techniques

By: Brindaveni Naidoo     6th February 2009 Firms in sub-Saharan Africa are rapidly adopting green building, and as this trend becomes increasingly pervasive, it has the potential to help spur future industry growth throughout the region, reports US construction market analysis company McGraw-Hill Construction.  

‘Proposed renewable tariffs too low to entice investors’ 

By: Terence Creamer     5th February 2009 Potential renewable-energy investors and clean-energy lobby groups argued overwhelmingly on Thursday that South Africa’s proposed renewable energy feed-in tariffs (Refit) were parsimonious and would be insufficient to stimulate significant levels of investment into the nascent industry. In... 

F&S sees room for solar energy growth in SA  

By: Creamer Media Reporter      3rd February 2009 The recently -announced R60-million support for renewable energy from the Danish government should open up investment opportunities in South Africa’s solar energy market. The consultancy noted that while the potential for solar in Africa was quite significant, the uptake of technologies had... 

Will proposed feed-in tariffs be sufficient to kick-start new-energy economy? 

By: Jonathan Faurie     30th January 2009 The contemporary energy challenge is probably best defined as discovering and developing the technical solutions that can ensure more and affordable energy, while at the same time reducing the environmental impact of the energy system. This implies a new energy supply mix that seeks to reduce... 

Will proposed feed-in tariffs be sufficient to kick-start South Africa’s new-energy economy? 

By: Jonathan Faurie     30th January 2009 The contemporary energy challenge is probably best defined as discovering and developing the technical solutions that can ensure more and affordable energy, while at the same time reducing the environmental impact of the energy system. 

Declining oil reserves and 
political risk to drive 
alternative energy

By: Brindaveni Naidoo     30th January 2009 The share of alternative energies in the worldwide energy supply is expected to grow significantly in the future, primarily driven by the political risk of relying on declining oil reserves and concerns about global warming, inspiring many countries to enact renewable energy standards, forecasts... 

Abu Dhabi announces 7% renewable 
energy commitment by 2020

By: Brindaveni Naidoo     30th January 2009 The government of Abu Dhabi, in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) says it will shortly publish a comprehensive energy policy, underpinned by a commitment that, by 2020, renewable energy will account for 7% of the emirate’s total power generation capacity. 

Zwelakhe Sisulu extends business repertoire to solar energy

By: Terence Creamer     27th January 2009 Work is under way on the development of a R40-million manufacturing facility in the Eastern Cape, which will reportedly be able to produce up to 30 000 solar water heaters yearly for the power-stressed South African market. The investment, known as Matla Solar Power, is being supported by black... 

Denmark Minister sees significant potential for ‘green’ energy growth  

By: Christy van der Merwe     23rd January 2009 Cutting energy costs and developing cleaner, more efficient solutions will be the industrial revolution of the twenty-first century, emphasised Danish Foreign Minister Per Stig Moller at a wind energy seminar in Pretoria on Friday. He noted that by redirecting economies to low carbon solutions,... 

Denmark injects R60m into SA renewable energy projects  

By: Christy van der Merwe     23rd January 2009 South Africa’s Minister of Minerals and Energy, Buyelwa Sonjica, on Friday announced that the Royal Danish government has given R60-million to the metropolitan areas of South African local government for renewable energy projects. Speaking at a Denmark and South Africa wind energy seminar in... 

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