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“How battery storage is changing the renewable energy game”

29th November 2018 The mass adoption and implementation of solar energy in South African homes and businesses has been rapidly increasing over the past few years. But, going completely “off grid” has so far been held back by the expense of storing power from renewable sources.  But this is changing, as the... 

“Solar energy lighting the way for small businesses”

24th October 2018 Large shopping centres in urban hubs have been early adopters of the solar farming trend. With ample roof space and large daily energy usage, they are a perfect case study for the cost-saving benefits of solar power. However, the economic spinoffs of renewable energy are truly palpable in rural... 

Renewable energy sector could provide jobs boost to SA

By: African News Agency      15th October 2018 The renewable energy sector could provide an unexpected but much-needed jobs boost to South Africa’s employment levels, as the sector continues to mature, solar enery company SOLA Future Energy said on Monday. SOLA Future Energy is the company that replaced Robben Island’s diesel-powered... 

Cabinet approves gazetting of updated IRP for public comment 

By: Anine Kilian     23rd August 2018 Communications Minister Nomvula Mokonyane confirmed on Thursday that Cabinet has approved the publication of the updated Integrated Resources Plan (IRP) and that it will be gazetted for comment by no later than August 27. Briefing media on the outcomes of the Cabinet meeting held on Wednesday,... 

“Policy certainty key to unlocking SA’s solar sector”

21st August 2018 Government policy shifts and the declining cost of generating electricity from solar photovoltaic (PV) systems are credited for the global boom in the solar energy sector. Electricity generated by the sun became the fastest growing source of new energy in the world in 2016, according to the... 

Renewable energy brings power and jobs to Clanwilliam

By: African News Agency      27th June 2018 The Western Cape town of Clanwilliam’s first retail shopping centre to be opened on Thursday is an example of how renewable energy is aiding economic development in small towns with limited access to the national grid, an energy company executive said on Wednesday. SOLA Future Energy installed a... 

Time is of the essence for small power developers – SOLA Future Energy

14th June 2018 Small power developers that invested in securing contracts in the government’s renewable energy procurement programme, are in the dark about when their agreements will be finalized. This is according to Dominic Wills, CEO of SOLA Future Energy, who says several local companies have been forced to... 

SOLA Future Energy recognised in awards linked to the National Development Plan

4th June 2018 SOLA Future Energy, a South African company responsible for installing Robben Island’s solar power system, has been selected as a finalist in the Vision 2030 Awards. The awards recognise organisations, enterprises and individuals that are aligned with the government’s Nine-Point Plan to boost... 

Alternative energy continues to power Robben Island

By: Kim Cloete     17th May 2018 A solar and lithium-ion microgrid installed on Robben Island last year has produced 650 000 kWh of solar energy so far. Since adopting a green system, the island has produced an average of 3 250 kWh/d of power, says SOLA Future Energy CEO Dominic Wills. 

Lack of clarity on draft embedded generation regulations could prohibit compliance – Sola

By: Marleny Arnoldi     11th May 2018 Red tape and a lack of clarity in the National Energy Regulator of South Africa’s (Nersa’s) draft regulations on Small Scale Embedded Generation (SSEG) could well prove to be prohibitive factors, from a business and compliance perspective, says solar energy company Sola Future Energy CEO Dominic... 

Pro-Zuma group blocks energy deals in blow to Ramaphosa

By: Reuters     13th March 2018 President Cyril Ramaphosa was dealt a political blow on Tuesday, after a last-minute legal challenge by a group loyal to ousted leader Jacob Zuma blocked the signing of $4.7-billion in renewable energy deals. The North Gauteng High Court agreed to hold a full hearing on the challenge on March 27... 

Successful solar PV project exemplified for SA uptake

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     15th December 2017 The “tremendous” success of the Robben Island solar photovoltaic (PV) microgrid project lends itself to “fantastic” replication potential, as it serves as a model example for retrofitting existing energy systems with solar and batteries to significantly reduce fossil fuel consumption and... 

Robben Island inaugurates solar PV microgrid  

23rd November 2017 Robben Island, a World Heritage Site in Table Bay, Cape Town has gone green with the installation of a R25-million solar energy, lithium-ion battery storage microgrid. Mia Breytenbach has the details. 

Robben Island inaugurates R25m microgrid

By: Mia Breytenbach     20th October 2017 Robben Island, a World Heritage Site has gone green with the installation of a R25-million solar energy, lithium-ion battery storage microgrid that will supply almost half of the island’s yearly electricity requirement. The Department of Tourism, together with the appointed engineering,... 

Partnership to provide solar energy for properties globally

By: Victor Moolman     4th August 2017 Solar solutions provider SOLA Future Energy and South African property development company Atterbury Property Developments have partnered to provide solar energy and electrical storage solutions to the Atterbury portfolio of properties to a projected cost of up to R210-million. 

Spotlight on solar

By: Robyn Wilkinson     14th July 2017 With solar photovoltaic (PV) installations now recognised globally as the cheapest form of power generation, a key emerging trend is the integration of these systems with storage and transport options, says solar solutions provider SOLA Future Energy CEO Dom Wills. 

Two solar plants target 2017 operation dates

By: Nadine James     5th February 2016 Renewable-energy project management company Aurora Power Solutions (APS) is involved in the development of two solar photovoltaic (PV) projects, which are scheduled for commercial operation in the first half of 2017, says APS project development manager Oliver Johnston.  

First ‘fully local’ solar PV projects selected under REIPPPP 

By: Natalie Greve     9th October 2015 The 5.8 MW Adams and 5.8 MW Bellatrix solar projects, in the Western Cape, have been selected under the Department of Energy’s (DoE’s) Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer Procurement Programme (REIPPPP), becoming the first projects under the programme to be locally developed, designed,... 

New rooftop solar system to save Woolworths R215 000 a year

By: Leandi Kolver     8th October 2014 Through the installation of a 108 kilowatt-peak solar photovoltaic (PV) system on the roof of retailer Woolworths’ Cape Town head office, the company has over the past three months saved 30 828 kWh worth of electricity, which translated into an energy bill reduction of about R38 534, Woolworths... 

How embedded electricity generation could shake up the system

By: Kim Cloete     31st January 2014 With ongoing electricity price increases, embedded generation – connecting small-scale energy producers with the electricity distribution network – is becoming an increasingly attractive prospect in South Africa. Both solar and wind energy have become a lot cheaper over the past couple of years... 


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