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Renewable Energy News

Public hearings scheduled for proposed Eskom wind farm

2nd June 2008 The National Energy Regulator of South Africa (Nersa) would hold public hearings to consider the proposed Eskom wind farm, to be constructed near Koekenaap, in the Vredendal area of the Western Cape, on June 12, the regulator said in an advertisement. The project would involve the development... 

Lessons from China on long-distance power transmission

By: Irma Venter     30th May 2008 Rising economic giant China is set to double its total installed electricity generation capacity to 1 425 GW by 2020, up from 715 GW in 2007. 

W Cape signs deal on second 80-MW wind farm

By: Jade Davenport     29th May 2008 The Western Cape Department of Environmental Affairs and Development Planning, together with the Saldanha Municipality, Seeland Development Trust, Oxfam UK and Genesis Eco-Energy, embarked on a process to develop an 80 MW wind farm on Thursday, with signing of a memorandum of understanding (MoU)... 

SA launches first commercial wind farm in W Cape

By: Jade Davenport     23rd May 2008 South Africa's first commercial wind energy project, the 5,2 MW Darling Wind Farm in the Western Cape, was officially launched on Friday by Minerals and Energy Minister Buyelwa Sonjica. Speaking at a media briefing, she said that although this project was modest in terms of its generation... 

Energem secures stake in 900 MW Tanzanian hydropower project

By: Matthew Hill     21st May 2008 TSX- and Aim-listed Energem Resources said on Tuesday that it had signed a memorandum of understanding that would see it paying a $1,2-million short-term loan to acquire a 40% stake in a proposed 900 MW Tanzanian hydroelectric scheme, estimated to cost $2-billion. The cash loan would go towards... 

Microgeneration holds much energy and environmental promise, but demands an entirely new way of thinking

By: Guy Copans     16th May 2008 Dynamite, the old adage contends, comes in small packages. And if adages were the only things that shaped policy and economic activity, then it would be fair to say that microgeneration should be poised to explode in a big way on the South African electricity scene. But that is not how it works... 

Dry fermentation process promises both electricity and food security

By: Guy Copans     16th May 2008 Local renewable energy company Energy Technologies (ET) is in the final stages of negotiating a licence or joint-venture agreement with German company BioFerm to supply towns and municipalities with a renewable energy technology called DryFermentation.  

New energy-efficient technologies and designs under the microscope

By: Brindaveni Naidoo     9th May 2008 State-owned power utility Eskom wants efficient lighting solutions, such as discharge, fluorescent and light-emitting diode (LED) technologies to be incorporated into luminaries intended for residential and commercial lighting. 

Long-awaited small business incentive to be unveiled in May

By: Terence Creamer     8th May 2008 The long-awaited successor to the Small and Medium Enterprise Development Programme (SMEDP) incentive scheme had been finalised and would be launched this month, Public Enterprises Alec Erwin confirmed at a Parliamentary media briefing for the so-called economic, investment and employment cluster... 

Biomass energy generation uplifting rural community

By: Loni Prinsloo     18th April 2008 Biomass energy specialist Carbo Consult & Engineering has supplied the Melanie community, near Alice in the Eastern Cape, with a 300-NM3/h wood-gasification system. 

Energy-efficient motors subsidy will change the face of power use in industry – Eskom

By: Loni Prinsloo     18th April 2008 The estimated 60 000 industrial motors which keep the South African industry humming, and in the process consume up to 10 GW electricity, is under the spotlight as potential means to reducing national electricity load-shedding. 

Electricity crisis creates nurturing environment for accelerated deployment of green-building techniques

By: Brindaveni Naidoo     11th April 2008 Awareness of the need to save energy and safeguard natural resources has grown markedly over the last decade as the scientific evidence of climate change and its potential consequences have permeated the popular imagination. 

Eskom signs deal for additional Moz power, eyeing more

By: Matthew Hill     9th April 2008 Africa's biggest power utility, Eskom, on Wednesday confirmed that it could now import up to 1 500 MW from Mozambique's Cahora Bassa hydroelectric power station, after it signed a five-year agreement for an additional 250 MW. The power would come from the power station's fifth... 

Aveng believes it's French-led nuclear consortium has the edge

By: Irma Venter     28th March 2008 "Would you like a builder who can show you some nice plans of houses, or one who can show you two houses he has built," asks outgoing Aveng CEO Carl Grim. 

SA bank mulls power projects, but warns of pricing and policy obstacles

By: Terence Creamer     28th March 2008 South African financial services group Investec says it is willing to invest directly into both renewable and conventional power generation projects in South Africa, but says a far more transparent pricing formula, backed by clear market rules for independent power producers (IPPs), is needed to... 

York plans 9-MW cogen plant as South Africa's electricity crisis bites 

By: Olivia Soraya Spadavecchia     25th March 2008 Forestry products group York was currently investigating the potential for one or more cogeneration projects using a combination of its waste products and steam to generate power as a solution to the electricity crisis in the medium term, its CEO said on Tuesday. "In the medium term we are... 

Suppliers unable to meet booming solar-water heaters demand – Eskom

By: Matthew Hill     25th March 2008 Solar-water heating suppliers in South Africa are sitting with full order books and current capacity cannot even meet 10% of demand, as the power crisis sends the country in search of alternative energy, an Eskom spokesperson said on Tuesday. State-owned Eskom was offering a subsidy as an... 

South Africa’s need to go beyond agri paradigm when assessing biofuels

By: Guy Copans     21st March 2008 The need to look beyond an agricultural paradigm, and embrace a more holistic view of biofuels, was one of the points highlighted by the Southern African Biofuels Association (Saba) president Andrew Makenete at the third annual biofuels conference at Vodaworld in Midrand.  

Mondi considers gas-turbine cogen investment for Durban mill

By: Terence Creamer     17th March 2008 South Africa-domiciled global pulp and paper group Mondi has confirmed that it is in discussions with petrochemical company Sasol in a bid to secure gas for a possible power-generation investment at its Merebank mill, near Durban in KwaZulu-Natal. It also emerged that the gas-turbine project... 

Investec mulls SA power projects, but warns of pricing and policy obstacles

By: Terence Creamer     13th March 2008 South African financial services group Investec says it is willing to invest directly into both renewable and conventional power generation projects in South Africa, but says a far more transparent pricing formula, backed by clear market rules for independent power producers (IPPs), is needed to... 

Big potential for domestic industry should Eskom proceed with 100-MW solar project

By: Terence Creamer     7th March 2008 State power utility Eskom believes that up to 70% of the capital equipment required for its proposed 100-MW concentrating solar power (CSP) project, which is proposed for development in the Northern Cape, could be placed with local industry. 

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

By: Olivia Soraya Spadavecchia     7th March 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 ollowing its first ocean energy workshop held in the Western Cape. The majority of the 8 000 MW to 10 000 MW would come from the west... 

MAN Ferrostaal enters solar cooling market

7th March 2008 Industrial service provider MAN Ferrostaal has entered the solar cooling market with its acquisition of a 20,1% stake in solar cooling systems developer and manufacturer Solitem, and would jointly market solar cooling systems in future. 

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... 

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