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Solar News

Growthpoint embarks on its largest rooftop solar projects  

By: Mia Breytenbach     30th March 2016 JSE-listed real estate investment trust (Reit) Growthpoint Properties has embarked on its two largest rooftop solar installations, each with a capacity of nearly 1.2 MW, on the rooftops of the Northgate Mall, in Johannesburg, and the Brooklyn Mall, in Pretoria. “Growthpoint has already passed the... 

Eskom efforts to ease grid bottlenecks for renewables backed up by World Bank agency

By: Terence Creamer     30th March 2016 The World Bank Group’s Multilateral Investment Guarantee Agency (MIGA) announced on Wednesday that it had extended €698.9-million in guarantees to South Arica’s Eskom to support transmission infrastructure investments, which would help it alleviate prevailing grid bottlenecks to the connection of... 

Eskom efforts to ease grid bottlenecks for renewables backed up by World Bank agency

Thin-film solar module developer shrugs off IP right challenge, now focused on refining technology

By: Irma Venter     18th March 2016 Vivian Alberts had a tough 2015. The University of Johannesburg (UJ) physicist faced a fierce European challenge to the intellectual property (IP) on his life’s work – a brand of thin-film solar module (TFSM) technology – while also working to make his invention achieve the same efficiency on... 

New solar energy solution to ensure sustainable power supply to off-grid schools

By: Mia Breytenbach     18th March 2016 A new modular solar energy solution the PowerTurtle, valued at about R600 000, was launched at the Pheasant Folly Primary School in Palm Ridge, Gauteng, this month, First presented to the Gauteng Department of Education (DoE) in 2015, the system provides a way for government to provide... 

New solar energy solution to ensure sustainable power supply  to off-grid schools
POWER IN A BOX The PowerTurtle incorporates a unique container-based design in which the solar panels roll out at day and are stored securely at night

De Aar solar project expanded to 175 MW 

By: David Oliveira     17th March 2016 Renewable-energy project developer Solar Capital has inaugurated the second phase of its De Aar solar farm project, with De Aar 3 adding 90 MW of capacity to the overall project. This was in addition to the first phase of the project, the 85 MW De Aar 1 solar farm, which came on line in August 2014. 

De Aar solar project expanded to 175 MW

Solar energy comes slowly out of the shadows in Ethiopia

By: African News Agency      17th March 2016 When it comes to energy generation in Africa, Ethiopia stands out for its ambitious 6 000 MW Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD) hydro project. While this huge dam being built on the Blue Nile is getting all the attention, the country is also embarking on other ambitious electricity projects... 

Solar energy comes slowly out of the shadows in Ethiopia

Bokpoort CSP officially inaugurated

By: Anine Kilian     14th March 2016 The R5-billion Bokpoort concentrated solar power (CSP) project was officially inaugurated by Trade and Industry Minister Dr Rob Davies and Kingdom of Saudi Arabia Commerce and Trade Minister Dr Tawfig Fawzan Alrabiah on Monday.   Located in the Northern Cape and developed by a consortium led by... 

Bokpoort CSP officially inaugurated

Cape Town’s V&A Waterfront swims against sluggish economic tide

By: Kim Cloete     11th March 2016 Cape Town’s V&A Waterfront is bucking the sluggish trend in the national economy. It pulled in over three-million visitors in December alone, has substantially boosted its coffers and has embarked on some dynamic new developments.  Retail, commercial, leisure and residential developments are all... 

Cape Town’s V&A Waterfront swims against sluggish economic tide

Renewable energy sector increasing in ELIDZ 

By: African News Agency      7th March 2016 The renewable energy sector is competing with the automotive sector in terms of investment value inside the East London Industrial Development Zone (ELIDZ), it emerged on Sunday. The trade and industry department (DTI) said in a statement Ayanda Ramncwana of the ELIDZ told a media tour organised... 

Renewable energy sector increasing in ELIDZ
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