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Solar Energy

Company supplies solar electricity system to NPO

     27th January 2017 By way of its distribution partner and project implementer, Solek Innovations, high-tech solar power solutions manufacturer SolarWorld Africa supplied a solar electricity system to the Grootbos Foundation, in the Western Cape. SolarWorld donated the solar system while Solek provided a free of... 

Electronics company boasts unique PID inverter

By: Sascha Solomons     27th January 2017 Global electronics company Omron says the Omron KP100L photovoltaic (PV) inverter has the unique distinction of being the only potential induced degradation (PID) preventive inverter on the market. “The importance of this has been recognised in recent years, owing to the introduction of increased... 

Electronics company boasts unique PID inverter
ROSS ALLAN Many residential and business consumers aim to produce their own electricity and rely less on Eskom

Ongoing solar projects promote IPP success 

By: Sascha Solomons     27th January 2017 Global private engineering and technology company Sener and its engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) partners, Emvelo and Cobra, are scheduled to complete the EPC of the 100 MW Ilanga solar thermal power plant near Upington, in the Northern Cape, at the end of 2018. The company... 

Ongoing solar projects promote  IPP success
Sener’s Southern Africa regional MD Siyabonga Mbanjwa discusses the importance of solar energy, as well as current projects the company is working on.

Solar LED light available in Southern Africa

By: Sascha Solomons     27th January 2017 To reach its goal of enlarging its footprint in Southern Africa, solar street light  manufacturing and distribution company Solar Eco Systems Africa has made promotional magnets manufacturer Magnet Energy an exclusive distributor of its range of self-sustaining solar light-emitting diode (LED)... 

Solar LED light available in Southern Africa
SOLAR LED STREET LIGHTING Solar Eco Systems Africa’s range of self-sustaining solar LED street lighting combine enhanced aesthetics and the latest PV and LED technology

Solar opportunities raised at exhibition

     27th January 2017 After the success of Solar Africa 2015, at the Kenyatta International Convention Centre (KICC) in Nairobi, Kenya, organiser of trade events Expogroup announced the return of Solar Africa 2017 from June 10 to 12. Expogroup highlights that one of the major challenges in the renewable energy... 

Consulting firm wins LTA contract for NC solar projects

By: Dylan Stewart     22nd January 2016 Multidisciplinary consulting firm WSP | Parsons Brinckerhoff, Africa has been appointed as the lender’s technical advisor (LTA) for two Northern Cape-based solar photovoltaic (PV) projects, by local independent power developer BioTherm Energy, says WSP principal projects manager Dinesh Buldoo.... 

Consulting firm wins LTA contract for NC  solar projects
SMALL IN COMPARISON Konkoonsies I is 10 MW peak while Konkoonsies II will be 86 MW peak

CSIR solar plant strives for 100% off-grid switch 

By: Malusi Mkhize     22nd January 2016 The 558 kW ground-mounted photovoltaic (PV) solar plant at the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR), in Pretoria is fully operational with initial testing completed in 2015. The project, which began construction in June last year, forms part of the CSIR’s aim to run its Pretoria... 

CSIR solar plant strives for 100% off-grid switch
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OFFGRID PROSPECTS CSIR’s Pretoria campus aims to go 100% offgrid through its new solar photovoltaic plant

DST identifies solar energy game changers through R&D projects

By: Malusi Mkhize     22nd January 2016 The Department of Science and Technology (DST) is funding two solar energy projects that are set to become game changers in the research and development (R&D) of solar solutions. 

DST identifies solar  energy game changers through R&D projects
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MMBONENI MUOFHE Solar solutions applications in households will continue to increase as electricity prices continue to rise

Natural light solar lamps arrive in Africa

     22nd January 2016 Global roof window manufacturer Velux Group has delivered the first natural light solar lamps to African countries Senegal, Zimbabwe and Zambia. The solar lamps were designed by Mariana Arando and Luca Fondello of the University of Buenos Aires, Argentina as part of the Velux Natural Light... 

Natural light solar lamps arrive in Africa
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LIGHTING UP AFRICA Natural light solar lamps to light up Africa

Power supplier provides solar power for rural areas in South Africa

By: Malusi Mkhize     22nd January 2016 Renewable-energy products supplier Sinetech continues to provide its new line of Compact Solar Systems which provide electrification for off-grid locations including schools and hospitals rural areas.  Officially launched in September last year the Compact Solar Systems are completely... 

Power supplier provides solar power for rural  areas in South Africa
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OFF-GRID POWER SOLUTIONS Sinetech’s Compact Solar Systems provide primary and backup solar power solutions for rural, residential and business applications

Solar power grid-tied systems yield energy cost efficiency

By: Malusi Mkhize     22nd January 2016 Using solar power as a grid-tied system rather than a load shedding intervention secures efficient, reliable and long-term energy-pricing, says solar PV solutions supplier Sola Future Energy FD Dom Chennells.  “Effective solar systems provide 25 years of guaranteed power and, by tapping into that... 

Solar power grid-tied systems yield energy cost efficiency
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ENERGY CERTAINTY Solar power helps to provide certainty over energy cost

Solar solutions provider develops direct solar heating solution for colder conditions

By: Malusi Mkhize     22nd January 2016 Local solar water heating solutions provider Solar Beam has provided the market with a patent low pressure direct and frost free solar water heating system capable of being installed anywhere in the country. Solar Beam founder and owner Graham Mundy tells Engineering News that the direct solar... 

Solar solutions provider  develops direct solar heating  solution for colder conditions
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GOING DIRECT Solar Beam’s new direct solar water heating system functions in all weather conditions

New solar energy long-term rental solution launched

By: Mia Breytenbach     23rd January 2015 As part of its aim to become a renewable-energy utility, solar energy solutions provider SolarPlus Energy Investments has launched the SolarPlus residential long-term solution, a complete solar water heating (SWH) system installed free and provided at a fixed monthly subscription fee, says... 

New solar energy  long-term rental  solution launched
MASS ADOPTION SolarPlus’s goal is to implement its systems at 200 000 homes within a ten-year period

R8m solar PV system launched at Gauteng mall

By: Mia Breytenbach     23rd January 2015 Property group Hyprop Investments launched a new solar photovoltaic (PV) system, valued at about R8-million, at its Clearwater Mall, in Gauteng, in December. “Clearwater Mall is the first property of Hyprop to which we applied a solar PV system of this magnitude,” comments Hyprop CEO Pieter... 

R8m solar PV system launched at Gauteng mall
SUSTAINABLE SUPPLY The facility comprises 2 000 solar panels covering a surface area of 4 000 m2 and produces approximately 843 MWh/y

REIPPPP solar facilities surpass predicted performance 

By: Mia Breytenbach     23rd January 2015 The two solar photovoltaic (PV) energy facilities, in the Northern Cape, which form part of South Africa’s Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer Procurement Programme (REIPPPP), implemented by renewables developer and independent power producer BioTherm Energy, are exceeding their... 

REIPPPP solar  facilities surpass predicted performance
Konkoonsies and Aries solar facilities are constructed in the Northern Cape.

Solar industry nascent, should tap into localisation potential

By: Mia Breytenbach     23rd January 2015 Although there are a number of solar energy projects supplying State-owned power utility Eskom and the economy with energy, including a number still under implementation and development, the industry is still in an embryonic state, explains professional services firm KPMG. “We are certainly far... 

Solar industry nascent, should tap into localisation potential
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UNTAPPED POTENTIAL There is significant scope to look at the localisation of the total solar supply chain

Solar PV industry experiencing positive response, market boost

By: Mia Breytenbach     23rd January 2015 Since power protection and management solutions provider Powermode forecast a significant demand increase for solar photovoltaic (PV) rooftop solutions for local industry in August last year, the company registered “serious” growth in the solar PV market. “Powermode is witnessing a significant... 

Solar PV industry experiencing positive response, market boost
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AGGRESSIVE TAKE-OFF Powermode’s average monthly installations have increased from about seven to more than 15 installations, for this month

Solar water heating and photovoltaic solution growth increase expected

By: Mia Breytenbach     23rd January 2015 Alternate energy products distributor Enerjetic expects a 30% to 35% increase in demand for the Nobel solar water heater  (SWH) and Victron Energy photovoltaic (PV) solutions this year, as a result of unstable electricity supply significantly driving solar energy product demand. “While Enerjetic... 

Solar water heating and photovoltaic solution growth increase expected
POPULAR DEMAND The Victron EasySolar 1600 solution generates sufficient power to run the critical components of a home for up to 48 hours

Tech partners in resolving project issues

By: Mia Breytenbach     23rd January 2015 Common problems faced by local solar photovoltaic (PV) projects and Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer Procurement Programme (REIPPPP) projects, such as technical and contractual issues, can easily be resolved through the assistance of technical advisory partners, states technical... 

Tech partners in resolving project issues
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TECHNICAL NECESSITY Professional technical partners can provide advisory services for solar projects to reduce technical, quality and contractual issues

JA Solar strategy in Africa 

     24th January 2014 Solar PV power plants are designed to work at least 20 years. PV components’ reliability and suppliers’ sustainability are two key factors to secure investors’ profits, while PV modules’ high efficiency can help improve investment return. JA Solar Holdings Co., Ltd. is a world-leading... 

JA Solar strategy in Africa
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VINEYARD HOTEL AND SPA The hotel has made a commitment to “living green” and has implemented environmental and social responsible decision making

Solar energy beneficial to the commercial and industrial sector

By: Jonathan Rodin     24th January 2014 Turnkey energy solutions provider Green Habitat saved information technology and communications company Mustek R82 000 in July last year by installing a 210 kWp solar solution. The saving is as a result of the solar solution reducing Mustek’s energy and demand charge for the month, with a... 

Solar power transforms urban and rural life

By: Jonathan Rodin     24th January 2014 Lighting specialist Philips reports that it has achieved a “breakthrough” in developing its light-emitting diode (LED) solar-powered road, street and area lighting. “The LED lighting offers reliable, efficient and cost-effective lighting solutions for each kilometre of road. It has the potential... 

Solar PV power ideal for peak lopping

By: Jonathan Rodin     24th January 2014 South African consumers can expect an added expense from municipal authorities with the imminent arrival of smart metering for electricity consumption, but solar photovoltaic (PV) power may provide a solution, says power protection and management solutions provider Powermode MD Jack Ward. 

Zimbabwe leads with solar toll gates

     24th January 2014 While South African taxpayers are crying foul at the government over its e-tolling scheme on the roads of Gauteng for failing to explore all funding options available to it, Zimbabwe raced ahead to lead the world with the first installation of 22 solar-powered tollgates last year, photovoltaic... 

DA launches solar light campaign for informal settlements 

By: Samantha Herbst     25th January 2013 The Democratic Alliance (DA), in collaboration with solar panel installation company Energy Systems Africa (ES Africa), has launched a campaign to provide solar light and energy for informal settlements in Gauteng and, eventually, to the rest of South Africa. Seventy-three pilot solar power units... 

Hybrid energy management system reduces diesel consumption by up to 30%

     25th January 2013 Local solar supply and installation specialist Sinetech has been appointed sole supplier of a hybrid energy management system that can be installed as an additional source of energy to reduce the fuel consumption of diesel generators and, therefore, their operating costs. The D:Hybrid... 

Renewable energy an ‘embryonic industry’ in SA, says global consultancy group

By: Samantha Herbst     25th January 2013 South Africa is in a good position to capitalise on and develop a solar energy market as a result of the country’s abundant solar resources and positive irradiation coverage, compared with other active solar energy producers worldwide, says global engineering and development consultancy Mott... 

Solar developer sees project scope beyond DoE-led programme

By: Samantha Herbst     25th January 2013 South Africa’s much-praised Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer Programme (REIPPP) should be seen as only one part of the nation’s renewable-energy opportunity, states large-scale solar power plant developer Ciel & Terre South Africa business development manager Yoann Joyeux. Addressing... 

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