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AMCU demands summit to discuss renewable energy jobs

By: Anine Kilian     23rd March 2018 The Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (AMCU) has called for an urgent summit with labour, State-owned Eskom and government to discuss renewable energy and jobs. The trade union said in a statement on Friday that the Departments of Trade and Industry and Economic Development had to... 

Norway optimistic Ramaphosa will restore predictability to business environment

By: Terence Creamer     22nd March 2018 The Norwegian government is optimistic that the new South African government, led by President Cyril Ramaphosa, will promote a more stable and predictable business environment that is conducive to higher levels of trade and investment between the two countries. Deputy Foreign Affairs Minister... 

Norway optimistic Ramaphosa will restore predictability to business environment
Norway's Deputy Foreign Affairs Minister, Marianne Hagen

Enel starts conversion to new PV panel manufacturing technology at Italy factory

By: Simone Liedtke     19th March 2018 Multinational renewable-energy corporation Enel Green Power has started a technology conversion project at its 3SUN factory, in Catania, Italy, to enable the facility to become the exclusive manufacturer of heterojunction technology (HJT) bifacial photovoltaic (PV) panels. The HJT bifacial PV... 

15 MW Essakane hybrid plant inaugurated in Burkina Faso

By: Simone Liedtke     19th March 2018 The 15 MW Essakane solar plant, in northern Burkina Faso, has been officially opened. The photovoltaic (PV) plant will supply electricity to Iamgold's Essakane gold mine. 

AfDB teams up with international organisation to drive solar development in Africa

By: Simone Liedtke     19th March 2018 The African Development Bank (AfDB) has signed a joint declaration with the International Solar Alliance (ISA) to promote the development of solar energy in Africa. The joint declaration recognises the bank's leadership in working with several parties, including governments, the private sector... 

Wind body dismisses as ‘false’ link between IPPs and tariffs surge

By: Terence Creamer     16th March 2018 The South African Wind Energy Association (SAWEA) has dismissed as a “falsehood” claims by the National Union of Metalworkers (Numsa) and Transform RSA that the 27 renewable-energy projects, which the two organisations are seeking to block through a court challenge, will raise the cost of... 

Wind body dismisses as ‘false’ link between IPPs and tariffs surge

Namibian PV solar plant to start operating in September

By: Marleny Arnoldi     16th March 2018 Solar developer Alten Africa has achieved financial closure of what will be the biggest photovoltaic (PV) solar power plant in Namibia and one of the biggest in sub-Saharan Africa.  

Namibian PV solar plant to start operating in September
Alten Africa PV solar plant in Spain

Renewables advisory firm still bullish on South African prospects despite setbacks

By: Terence Creamer     16th March 2018 International renewable-energy advisory firm K2 Management remains convinced that, despite recent setbacks, the role of wind and solar will continue to rise in the South African electricity mix. Therefore, the company is preparing to expand its presence in the country, as well as the rest of... 

Renewables advisory firm still bullish on South African prospects despite setbacks
K2 Management South Africa head Hebren James

Eaton launches Wadeville microgrid using second-hand car batteries for storage

By: Schalk Burger     16th March 2018 Power management multinational Eaton has launched a microgrid that powers its factory and campus in Wadeville, Gauteng, using second-hand lithium-ion electric car batteries for its storage component. The batteries come from Nissan Leaf electric vehicles driven in Europe, and have about 4.5 years... 

Eaton launches Wadeville microgrid using second-hand car batteries for storage
Eaton Wadeville factory and rooftop solar PV

PEWA to set stage for African energy investment once again

By: Marleny Arnoldi     16th March 2018 With 600-million people in Africa not having access to electricity, the onus is on Power & Electricity World Africa (PEWA) to provide the platform that will encourage investment in infrastructure and grid connection across Africa.  

PEWA to set stage for African  energy investment once again
POWER UNITED Terrapinn is expecting about 8 000 attendees from more than 40 African countries, including 350 exhibitors and 300 speakers, to attend PEWA 2018

PV monitoring solutions cater for increasing solar use

By: Marleny Arnoldi     16th March 2018 Leading Germany-based solar monitoring, smart energy and feed-in management company Solar-Log will showcase its professional solution for qualified photovoltaic (PV) system monitoring and energy management at the Power & Electricity World Africa (PEWA) event on March 27 and 28, which will be held... 

PV monitoring  solutions cater for  increasing solar use
PLATFORM FOR PURPOSE Solar-Log says PEWA has been the best place for the company to enter into the South African market while learning about PV requirements

Fund invests in Africa-focused renewables IPP 

By: Dylan Slater     9th March 2018 Clean energy infrastructure and resource efficiency investment company Inspired Evolution has signed a deal to invest up to $36-million in independent power producer (IPP) Alten Renewable Energy Developments Africa, which is the sub-Saharan Africa-focused subsidiary of Netherlands-based solar... 

Minigrids gradually becoming more connected in Africa

By: Simone Liedtke     7th March 2018 Emerging power generation networks, which are minigrids that are off the grid, are gradually becoming more connected and providing a directional generation of supply to the demand in Africa, where about 625-million people are still without access to power. At a media roundtable discussion on... 

AfDB secures $52.5m to fund renewable energy projects in Zambia

By: Marleny Arnoldi     7th March 2018 The board of the Green Climate Fund (GCF) has approved the first funding proposal of the African Development Bank (AfDB) for Zambia’s renewable energy financing framework, providing a $50-million loan and a $2.5-million grant.  

AfDB secures $52.5m to fund renewable energy projects in Zambia
100 MW of renewable energy projects will be financed in Zambia

Renewable energy procurement programme notches up successes despite delays

By: Kim Cloete     7th March 2018 A recent report has shown that 112 projects have been procured through the Renewable Energy Independent Power Producers Procurement Programme (REIPPPP), with 62 of those having started commercial operations by December 31, 2017. The total infrastructure investment from 64 signed projects totals... 

DoE says renewable energy receiving ‘urgent attention’, Minister to brief the media on REIPPPP on Thursday 

By: Kim Cloete     7th March 2018 The Department of Energy (DoE) has promised that the signing of the outstanding power purchase agreements with renewable energy independent power producers (IPP) is receiving “very urgent attention” and would happen soon. Director General of the DoE Thabane Zulu on Tuesday told Parliament’s... 

DoE says renewable energy receiving ‘urgent attention’, Minister to brief the media on REIPPPP on Thursday
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IPP Office head Karen Breytenbach

South Africa catching up with global energy transition – SAWEA

By: Marleny Arnoldi     6th March 2018 To grow its green economy industrial base and benefit from the continued decline in renewable prices achieved globally, the South African Wind Energy Association (SAWEA) suggests South Africa should urgently restart its large-scale renewables industry, which has been stalled over the past three... 

South Africa catching up with global energy transition – SAWEA
Renewables are becoming cheaper than thermal generation technologies

Pros of on-site solar PV systems

By: Schalk Burger     2nd March 2018 On-site solar photovoltaic (PV) renewable-energy systems serve as effective and cost-effective ways for companies to become familiar with the correct application of renewable generation to reduce energy costs, says South African information and communication technology company Sizwe IT Group... 

New power generation exemption framework creates fresh hurdles for IPPs

By: Terence Creamer     28th February 2018 A warning has been sounded that recent amendments to the Electricity Regulation Act relating to licence exemptions for generation plants could create further impediments to the deployment of private generation facilities. Titled ‘Licensing Exemption and Registration Notice’, the amendment was... 

New power generation exemption framework creates fresh hurdles for IPPs

Planning commission outlines case for Eskom split in new energy document 

By: Terence Creamer     23rd February 2018 The National Planning Commission (NPC) has released a new discussion document on the energy sector, which reinforces the National Development Plan’s (NDP’s) “explicit” requirement for the system operations, planning, power procurement, purchasing and contracting functions within Eskom to be... 

Planning commission outlines case for Eskom split in new energy document

Engie acquires Southern African HVAC companies

23rd February 2018 Multinational electric utility company Engie has acquired air conditioning company Thermaire Investments as well as its sister company heating, ventilation and air-conditioning (HVAC) products and services provider Ampair. This is a major step for Engie in developing its energy services in... 

Engie acquires Southern African HVAC companies
DOING BUSINESS Engie is embarking on an acquisition strategy to grow its presence in the African market

Solar systems company dismisses takeover rumour

By: Dylan Slater     23rd February 2018 Solar photovoltaic (PV) mounting systems company Schletter South Africa is seeing positive growth in line with industry developments, with high hopes of renewed interest and demand in 2018.  

AfDB expresses strong support for new Eskom leadership

By: Terence Creamer     20th February 2018 The African Development Bank (AfDB), which has extended loan facilities worth a collective R20-billion to South Africa’s power utility Eskom, expressed confidence on Tuesday that the new leadership at the cash-strapped State-owned company would restore the group’s governance and creditworthiness.... 

AfDB expresses strong support for new Eskom leadership
Photo by Duane Daws
AfDB VP for power, energy, green growth and climate change Amadou Hott

Emerging Africa Infrastructure Fund commits $200m in loans to fragile States

By: African News Agency      20th February 2018 The Emerging Africa Infrastructure Fund (EAIF), suppliers of debt finance to private sector infrastructure projects in sub-Saharan Africa, said on Tuesday that it had ended 2017 on a high note with $200-million in loan commitments to fragile states. EAIF, a company of the Private Infrastructure... 

GE Power expects to build a renewables ‘ecosystem’ in South Africa as electricity mix transitions 

By: Terence Creamer     16th February 2018 The global head of GE Power says the group anticipates that South Africa’s future electricity mix will incorporate higher contributions from wind and solar and that its South African unit, which currently has a strong coal focus, will “pivot and adjust” its skills and localisation strategies... 

GE Power expects to build a renewables ‘ecosystem’ in South Africa as electricity mix transitions
GE Power president and CEO Russell Stokes

Innovation and blockchain tech high on agenda at energy event

16th February 2018 Leading figures within the African energy scene will convene at the tenth Africa Energy Indaba (AEI), including at the World Energy Council's (WEC’s) annual Africa meeting, to discuss the importance of innovation and regional integration at a time when the energy sector is undergoing a major... 

Innovation and blockchain tech high on agenda  at energy event
Photo by Duane Daws
CHRISTOPH FREI Achieving a robust energy future in a context of the triple transition requires different approaches guided by innovative policies

Event to add value to African energy sector

By: Simone Liedtke     16th February 2018 To bolster the socioeconomic development of the African energy sector, Africa Energy Indaba (AEI) chairperson Brian Statham says thinking within the sector needs to be expanded. 

Event to add value to African energy sector
BRIAN STATHAM Diversity energy sources provide an opportunity to interconnect energy systems

Company first-time exhibitor at event

By: Simone Liedtke     16th February 2018 South African electrical engineering company Power Plant Electrical Technologies (PPE Technologies) will exhibit at the African Energy Indaba (AEI) for the first time this year. 

Company first-time exhibitor at event
POSITIVE GROWTH TRAJECTORY Creating awareness of companies’ capabilities will lead to positive results in trade growth

Conference to foster entrepreneurial opportunities for women

By: Simone Liedtke     16th February 2018 To assist women in being successful renewable-energy entrepreneurs, the African Energy Sector: Scope and Opportunity discussion topic at this year’s Women in Energy Conference will focus on the entrepreneurial opportunities in the energy sector and how women can maximise their participation. 

Conference to foster  entrepreneurial opportunities for women
NELISIWE MAGUBANE The conference will also provide insights and opportunities for career development and entrepreneurship for women who want to participate in the energy sector

Senegal utility awards €197-million grid expansion contract

By: Nadine James     16th February 2018 Electrical transmission, engineering and maintenance provider Omexom, a subsidiary of Italian energy company VINCI Energies, has won the Société d’Electricité du Sénégal (Senelec) contract to install five new extra-high voltage (EHV) transformer stations, nearly 200 km of overhead and underground... 

Nuclear energy future imminent, despite delays in updated IRP

By: Simone Liedtke     16th February 2018 South Africa-based engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) company Lesedi Nuclear Services (Lesedi) business development executive Shane Pereira believes that there is a future for nuclear power globally, although it is being hindered locally by the delay in passing the updated Integrated... 

Nuclear energy future  imminent, despite  delays in updated IRP
SHANE PEREIRA South Africa has a strong nuclear industry

Framework continues to form sector foundation

By: Simone Liedtke     16th February 2018 The economic opportunity represented by the continent’s need for energy makes the African energy industry an attractive prospect for foreign investment, says law firm Norton Rose Fulbright director Lizel Oberholzer. 

Framework continues to form sector foundation
LIZEL OBERHOLZER There is an ever-increasing opportunity for private sector renewable and alternative energy projects to support energy supply

Robust energy base key to industrialisation

By: Simone Liedtke     16th February 2018 Public-private partnership South African Electrotechnical Export Council (SAEEC) CEO Chiboni Evans states that Africa's industrialisation can occur only if countries have a robust energy base. 

Robust energy base key to industrialisation
CHIBONI EVANS The South African government strongly supports the industrialisation of the African continent

Contract duration key to hybrid-power-for-mines investment case

By: Terence Creamer     15th February 2018 Alignment between a mine’s life and the tenor of a power purchase agreement (PPA) has been held up as the main consideration for those mining operations considering investments into hybrid power solutions, which combine renewable energy and battery storage with gas or diesel generators. Speaking... 

Contract duration key to hybrid-power-for-mines investment case
The hybrid installation at the DeGrussa copper-gold mine in Western Australia

Solar-asset marketplace using cryptocurrency, blockchain to monetise solar energy

By: Schalk Burger     9th February 2018 SUNEX, a new South African cryptocurrency representing the value of power produced and dispatched from the bearer's solar photovoltaic (PV) panels, helps to support and accelerate the rollout and use of PV solar renewable-energy technologies, says Sun Exchange co-founder and CEO Abraham... 

Eskom given go ahead to sign stalled deals with renewables IPPs

By: Terence Creamer     2nd February 2018 Public Enterprises Minister Lynne Brown announced on Friday that Eskom’s application to purchase additional renewable energy from independent power producers (IPPs) had been approved, clearing the way for the signing of power purchase agreements (PPAs) for 27 wind and solar projects procured by... 

Eskom given go ahead to sign stalled deals with renewables IPPs

Akuo secures €78m to build Mali solar plant

By: Schalk Burger     29th January 2018 French independent power producer (IPP) Akuo Energy has secured €78-million in financing to build the 50 MW Akuo Kita Solar Photovoltaic (PV) power plant, in southern Mali. Private sector infrastructure funding organisation Emerging Africa Infrastructure Fund (EAIF) reports that the plant will be... 

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