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SAGCC, partners aim to digitalise industries

By: Melissa Zisengwe     22nd June 2018 The Southern African-German Chamber of Commerce and Industry (SAGCC) and its partners are looking into automating and digitalising South African supply chain industries. According to the SAGCC, there is a substantial shift towards automation and digitalisation in organisations in Germany and in... 

Two approaches for energy transformation in South Africa

By: Melissa Zisengwe     22nd June 2018 Solar photovoltaics (PVs) and energy storage system provider IBC SOLAR South Africa says it wants to be part of the transformation of the energy system in South Africa using two approaches. One approach entails informing South Africans and local companies about the advantages and possibilities of... 

Two approaches for  energy transformation in South Africa
ENERGY TRANSITION Solar power could transform the South African energy sector

South Africa ahead of renewable energy curve – adviser

By: Simone Liedtke     19th June 2018 Despite the South African renewables market being in its infancy in comparison to well-established markets, South Africa is ahead of the curve, says owner’s engineer and lender’s technical adviser K2 Management. This, K2 Management South Africa country director Hebren James explains, is owing to... 

South Africa ahead of renewable energy curve – adviser

SOURCE hydropanel launches in S Africa

By: Marleny Arnoldi     14th June 2018 Zero Mass Water has launched its SOURCE hydropanel, which applies thermodynamics, materials science and controls technology to produce potable drinking water from only sunlight and air, in South Africa.  

SOURCE hydropanel launches in S Africa
Zero Mass Water's SOURCE hydropanel

Energy discussion must be resolved soonest to spur economic transformation – Dr Yves Guenon

By: Nadine James     8th June 2018 Certainty, particularly around South Africa’s future baseload energy supply must be achieved in the Integrated Resource Plan (IRP), in order to ensure supply security, which will, in turn, stimulate investment and economic transformation, Izibani consultancy founder and French South African... 

Demand rising for funding for grid-tied renewables

By: Schalk Burger     8th June 2018 Financing to build renewable-energy systems for use by businesses in South Africa is growing, with many projects showing good financial viability and return on investment, says financial institution Absa renewable-energy head Justin Schmidt. The return on investment for well-designed energy... 

Demand rising for funding for grid-tied renewables
JUSTIN SCHMIDT Most companies will rely on more than one source of energy, and the most compelling business cases currently are grid-tied solutions

Interest in IFC’s solar procurement solution growing across Africa

By: Terence Creamer     6th June 2018 The International Finance Corporation (IFC) reports that its programme to support African governments and utilities in procuring solar photovoltaic (PV) capacity from independent power producers (IPPs) has made significant headway in four countries, with construction of the first project under... 

Interest in IFC’s solar procurement solution growing across Africa
IFC country manager Saleem Karimjee

Property sector increasingly embracing solar PV plants

By: Marleny Arnoldi     1st June 2018 JSE-listed real estate investment trust South African Corporate Real Estate (Sacre) will invest more than R30-million to install rooftop solar photovoltaic (PV) plants to help curb ever-rising electricity tariffs at its malls and reduce their carbon footprint.  

Property sector increasingly embracing solar PV plants
Montana Crossing solar panel rooftop

Kenyan solar energy firm signs 40 MW power deal with State-run utility

By: Reuters     31st May 2018 A private Kenyan power firm has signed a 20-year deal to sell 40 MW it will generate from a solar plant it is building to the East African nation's State-run distributor, its chief executive said. Kenergy Renewables signed the agreement to sell the electricity to Kenya Power at $0.08/kWh, Khilna... 

B2Gold opens 7 MW solar farm at Namibia mine

By: Marleny Arnoldi     30th May 2018 Gold producer B2Gold Namibia on Wednesday celebrated the opening of the B2Gold Otjikoto solar farm, in the Otjozondjupa region.  

B2Gold opens 7 MW solar farm at Namibia mine
Otjikoto solar farm in Namibia

Desalination’s future is going solar – TWS

By: Simone Liedtke     22nd May 2018 The first highly cost-effective solar-powered desalination plant in South Africa will be commissioned by the end of October at Witsand, in the Hessequa municipality, in the Western Cape. The plant will produce 100 kl/d of fresh water to meet the water requirement of the struggling Witsand village. 

Desalination’s future is going solar – TWS

Researchers suggest 100% renewable energy system is plausible

By: Nadine James     18th May 2018 A multinational group of researchers have co-authored a paper to demonstrate that there are no roadblocks to sourcing 100% of a country’s power supply from renewable sources. The researchers, from Germany’s Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, South Africa’s Council for Scientific and Industrial... 

Radebe officiates at launch of R9.4bn Xina Solar One plant

By: Simone Liedtke     18th May 2018 Xina Solar One, which is owned by a consortium between Abengoa, the Industrial Development Corporation, the Public Investment Corporation and the Xina Community Trust, was officially launched near Pofadder, in the Northern Cape, on Friday. The 300 ha solar thermal plant, which was built by... 

Radebe officiates at launch of R9.4bn Xina Solar One plant

Toshiba signs MoUs to support African hydropower, geothermal roll-out

By: Schalk Burger     18th May 2018 Energy systems multinational Toshiba Energy Systems and Solutions signed four memoranda of understanding (MoUs) to cooperate with African countries to develop hydropower and geothermal energy systems. The MoUs were signed on the sidelines of the Japan-Africa Public-Private Economic Forum, in... 

R3bn Rosslyn Hub to create 160 000 jobs

By: Nadine James     16th May 2018 The R3-billion mixed-use Rosslyn Hub development was launched at the African Smart Cities Summit, co-located with the African Construction and Totally Concrete Expo, at the Gallagher Convention Centre, in Johannesburg, on Wednesday. The Rosslyn Hub is a crucial step towards the creation of the... 

Radebe affirms South Africa’s commitment to renewable energy

By: Kim Cloete     15th May 2018 Energy Minister Jeff Radebe has affirmed his commitment to renewable energy in South Africa, saying it will help to reduce pollution and create thousands of jobs. He told delegates at the African Utility Week, in Cape Town, that he was pleased the long-awaited renewable energy power purchase... 

Radebe affirms South Africa’s commitment to renewable energy
Energy Minister Jeff Radebe

Egypt signs MoU with China's GCL for $2bn solar panel factory

By: Reuters     10th May 2018 China's GCL Group has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Egypt's ministry of military production to build a solar panel facility at a cost of up to $2-billion, State-run newspaper Al-Ahram reported on Thursday. Under the MoU, which was signed on Wednesday, the facility will... 

Coca-Cola Beverages to tap into solar energy

By: Simone Liedtke     9th May 2018 Coca-Cola Beverages South Africa (CCBSA) is installing rooftop solar photovoltaic (PV) units, with a combined installed capacity of 10.4 MW, at 11 of its sites. 10 sites will be completed by the end of the year, with the 11th expected to be completed by the end of February 2019. 

Zambia to complete 50 MW World Bank solar project in September

By: Reuters     8th May 2018 Zambia will complete its first large-scale 50 MW solar power generation plant in September this year as the nation battles a power deficit which threatens industrial output, a state-owned agency said on Tuesday. The electricity shortfall has forced Africa's second-largest copper producer to... 

Renewable energy jobs reached 10.3m globally in 2017

By: Marleny Arnoldi     8th May 2018 The renewable energy industry created more than 500 000 jobs globally last year – a 5.3% year-on-year increase, says the International Renewable Energy Agency (Irena).  

Renewable energy jobs reached 10.3m globally in 2017

South Africa urged to consider CSP-PV blend to lower cost of dispatchable solar generation 

By: Terence Creamer     7th May 2018 International technology and infrastructure group Abengoa, which has developed a portfolio of three concentrated solar power (CSP) projects in South Africa, believes blending CSP with solar photovoltaic (PV) technology is the logical next step for lowering CSP costs, while also producing... 

South Africa urged to consider CSP-PV blend to lower cost of dispatchable solar generation
The 100 MW XiNa Solar One parabolic-trough CSP power station in the Northern Cape

Black-owned energy group disputes notion that renewables programme is anti-transformation

By: Terence Creamer     4th May 2018 Black-owned and managed independent power producer (IPP) Pele Green Energy (PGE), which is an active owner and partner in wind and solar projects with a combined capacity of 900 MW, does not agree with prevailing arguments that South Africa’s IPP programmes are failing to deliver on South... 

Black-owned energy group disputes notion that renewables programme is anti-transformation
Pele Green Energy MD Gqi Raoleka

First renewables projects reach financial close after April 4 signing

By: Terence Creamer     25th April 2018 Wind turbine supplier Nordex has received an order to supply 47 turbines to the 147 MW Roggeveld wind farm, which is among the first projects to reach financial close following the signing of agreements for 27 independent power producer projects on April 4. Situated in the Karoo, on the boundary... 

First renewables projects reach financial close after April 4 signing

Renewable energy crucial to Africa’s power

By: Jessica Oosthuizen     20th April 2018 Many African leaders have realised the crucial role that renewable energy can and will play in “bringing power to their people”, says multidisciplinary engineering consultancy WSP Africa power transmission and distribution director Dinesh Buldoo. “The return-on-investment of renewable power... 

Renewable energy  crucial to Africa’s power
Photo by Creamer Media
POWER OF NATURE Many African leaders have realised the crucial role that renewable energy can and will play in bringing power to their people

Resistance persists despite declaration of new renewables dawn

By: Terence Creamer     20th April 2018 The world did not stop to allow South Africa to get off. While ‘sunny South Africa’ spent more than two years delaying the introduction of new renewable-energy plants, including 12 solar photovoltaic (PV) projects and a concentrated solar power (CSP) plant, the rest of the world continued... 

Resistance persists despite declaration of new renewables dawn

Africa pursuing diversified energy investments to deliver power

By: Jessica Oosthuizen     20th April 2018 Africa has an abundance of energy resources that can be brought online rapidly and cost effectively, says engineering, procurement and construction services provider Black & Veatch sub-Saharan Africa business development director Webb Meko. With governments realising that no single technology... 

Africa pursuing diversified energy investments to deliver power
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Industrial microgrid leveraging solar and storage launched 

19th April 2018 Power management multinational Eaton South Africa has launched a grid-tied microgrid that uses solar photovoltaic and lithium ion battery storage systems. The microgrid powers its Wadeville campus and factory.  

Industrial microgrid leveraging solar and storage launched
Industrial microgrid leveraging solar and storage launched

World Bank sees microgrids playing bigger role in Africa’s electrification as solar costs fall

By: Terence Creamer     18th April 2018 Changes in generation technologies, including the sharp fall in solar photovoltaic (PV) costs, means that the evolution of electricity systems in sub-Saharan Africa (SSA) will need to involve more than one national grid, a new World Bank report argues. “The path to universal electrification will... 

World Bank sees microgrids playing bigger role in Africa’s electrification as solar costs fall
Bank says microgrids have worked well in East and South Asia

Cosatu strongly rejects Eskom’s appeal for more money

By: Kim Cloete     16th April 2018 The Congress of South African Trade Unions (Cosatu) has rejected Eskom’s appeal to the National Energy Regulator of South Africa (Nersa) to recover its costs in the provision of electricity, calling it “unaffordable, unreasonable and unjustifiable”. “We have no faith in Eskom. We completely... 

PPA signings open up a sustainable energy vision for South Africa, Africa – Juwi

By: Marleny Arnoldi     16th April 2018 The power purchase agreements (PPAs) signed by State-owned power utility Eskom earlier this month ended three years of waiting and uncertainty and it is a significant step towards a truly sustainable energy vision for South Africa and Africa as a whole, says solar energy equipment supplier Juwi.  

PPA signings open up a sustainable energy vision for South Africa, Africa – Juwi
A Juwi solar PV plant

Radebe lauds REIPPPP, Bepa’s role in transforming the energy sector

By: Marleny Arnoldi     13th April 2018 The signing, earlier this month, of power purchase agreements for 27 independent power producer (IPP) energy projects under the Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer Procurement Programme (REIPPPP) supports an increase in black participation in the industry, as well as the creation of black... 

Radebe lauds REIPPPP, Bepa’s role in transforming the energy sector
Photo by Dylan Slater
Energy Minister Jeff Radebe

Rooftop PV system donated to Consulate of Italy in Cape Town

By: Simone Liedtke     13th April 2018 Multinational company Building Energy has donated a 3.12 kW off-grid solar photovoltaic (PV) rooftop power plant to the Italian consulate in Cape Town. The plant, comprising 12 PV panels, will generate about 5 MWh/y of energy, significantly decreasing the building’s carbon footprint through a... 

Rooftop PV system donated to Consulate of Italy in Cape Town
Cape Town-based Consul of Italy Alfonso Tagliaferri and Building Energy Africa and Middle East MD Matteo Brambilla

Tribunal approves PIC’s acquisition of a CPV special purpose vehicle

By: Marleny Arnoldi     13th April 2018 The Competition Tribunal has approved the Public Investment Corporation’s (PIC’s) acquisition of a controlling stake in concentrated photovoltaic (CPV) solar power plant Equity Special Purpose Vehicle (SPV), which is owned by German energy company Solitec Solar.  

Redstone project to deliver clean electricity to over 200 000 homes

By: Simone Liedtke     11th April 2018 The 100 MW Redstone solar thermal project, in the Northern Cape, which has 12 hours of energy storage capacity, will be able to reliably deliver a stable supply of clean electricity to the equivalent of more than 200 000 South African homes each year. The project, which is adjacent to the 75 MW... 

‘High priority’ IRP update to be published soon

By: Terence Creamer     10th April 2018 Department of Energy (DoE) director-general Thabane Zulu says the updated Integrated Resource Plan (IRP) is undergoing a final set of processes and consultations, as stipulated by Cabinet in December, before being published in the Government Gazette. Speaking at the Africa Power Roundtable in... 

‘High priority’ IRP update to be published soon
Photo by Dylan Slater
Department of Energy director-general Thabane Zulu

eltherm awarded electrical heat tracing contract for Ilanga solar project

By: Marleny Arnoldi     6th April 2018 Private engineering and technology company Sener – and its procurement partners Emvelo and Cobra – has awarded global heat tracing specialist eltherm South Africa a contract for the design and installation of an electrical heat tracing (EHT) system at the 100 MW Ilanga solar thermal power plant... 

IPP signing ‘a symbol of hope for South African business’ – Sola

By: Marleny Arnoldi     6th April 2018 Solar energy company Sola has commended Energy Minister Jeff Radebe’s signing of 27 outstanding power purchase agreements with renewable energy independent power producers (IPPs).  

IPP signing ‘a symbol of hope for South African business’ – Sola
Energy Minister Jeff Radebe

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