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Geospatial tool launched to guide least-cost electrification of Zambia

By: Natasha Odendaal     15th June 2018 The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) has developed a geospatial model for the Zambian Ministry of Energy and the Rural Electrification Authority (REA) to identify areas without power and determine the least-cost electrification solutions for each household in Zambia to... 

El Paso solar power plant, Colombia

By: Sheila Barradas     15th June 2018 Enel Green Power Colombia plans to build an 86.2 MW solar power plant in Cesar department. 

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.  

Unilever backs sustainability promise with R50m biomass boiler

13th June 2018 Boiler sees over 30% reduction in CO₂ at Maydon Wharf Factory South Africa’s largest fast-moving consumer goods manufacturer, Unilever, unveiled a R50-million biomass boiler at its historic Maydon Wharf Factory in Durban. 

Tharisa expands its presence in Zim with acquisition of Karo stake

By: Simone Liedtke     13th June 2018 JSE-listed Tharisa has acquired a 26.8% shareholding in Karo Mining Holdings for $4.5-million. Karo Mining, in March, reached an agreement with the Zimbabwe government to establish a platinum group metals (PGM) mine, concentrators, smelters, a base metal and precious metals refinery and power... 

Case IH donates machinery and training to strengthen the sustainability of Ghanaian agriculture

12th June 2018 Development Partnership will encourage and train future farmers at one of the country’s five agricultural colleges St. Valentin Case IH is supporting Damongo Agricultural College in the Northern Region of Ghana as part of a programme designed to train students. The global agricultural equipment... 

Winch Energy and iWayAfrica Partner to launch The Winch Hub® to Accelerate Energy and Internet Access into Rural Areas of Uganda

11th June 2018 Winch Energy is a global off-grid renewable energy operator and technology integrator, providing turnkey remote power and communication solutions for rural communities iWayAfrica is a leading African ISP, offering pan-regional connectivity solutions over satellite, fibre and wireless access networks 

South Australian miners to buy electricity in bulk to cut power bill

By: Esmarie Iannucci     11th June 2018 A consortium of South Australian mining companies have awarded an eight-year supply contract to a renewable energy retailer, as part of their joint efforts to cut energy costs. The South Australian Chamber of Mines and Energy (Sacome) in 2016 masterminded the consortium in the face of soaring... 

Cabinet approves designation of Atlantis SEZ

By: Creamer Media Reporter      8th June 2018 Cabinet has approved the decision by Trade and Industry Minister Dr Rob Davies to designate the Atlantis Special Economic Zone (SEZ), in Atlantis industrial area, outside Cape Town. The designation of the Atlantis SEZ follows that of the Saldanha Bay Industrial Development Zone and is intended to... 

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... 

Good corporate citizenship in a post-State-capture South Africa 

By: Kim Cloete     8th June 2018 A string of corporate governance failures and climate change challenges have cranked up the pressure on companies to become better corporate citizens and take care of the environment they are operating in. The renewed emphasis on governance and sustainability is not limited to the private sector,... 

Energy efficiency could massively reduce global carbon emissions

8th June 2018 Renewable energy and energy efficiency are the cornerstone of the world’s solution to energy-related carbon emissions, and can provide over 90% of the energy-related carbon emission reductions required to keep global temperature rise to 2 °C above pre-industrial levels, says International... 

Zest to enter renewables market

By: Shannon de Ryhove     8th June 2018 Local manufacturer of large electrical equipment and supplier of motors, drives and switchgear Zest WEG Group Africa has announced exclusively to Engineering News that it has recently restructured its business to include the renewable-energy industry. This move is strategically aligned with the... 

Google launches first Impact Challenge for Africa

By: Natasha Odendaal     8th June 2018 Twelve South African nonprofit organisations (NPOs) and social enterprises are set to receive a share of $2-million in grants as Google realises the first step of a $20-million funding commitment for African NPOs over the next five years. The first Google Impact Challenge on the African continent... 

Good corporate citizenship in a post-State-capture South Africa 

By: Kim Cloete     8th June 2018 A string of corporate governance failures and climate change challenges have cranked up the pressure on companies to become better corporate citizens and take care of the environment they are operating in. The renewed emphasis on governance and sustainability is not limited to the private sector,... 

Malawi aviation safety and security equipment upgrade

By: Marcel Chimwala     8th June 2018 The Malawi government is inviting expressions of interest in upgrading and replacing aviation safety and security equipment at two of the country's major airports. for Kamuzu International Airport (KIA) in the capital Lilongwe and Chileka International Airport (CIA) in the commercial city Blantyre. 

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... 

Policy posers 

By: Terence Creamer     8th June 2018 South African energy policymakers would be well advised to take note a few recent reports as they move to finalise the long-awaited update to the Integrated Resource Plan (IRP) for electricity, as well as the Integrated Energy Plan (IEP). The first of these is titled ‘Status of Power System... 

MiniTACTOR™ - P Series

7th June 2018 GIGAVAC’s new line of patented switching devices, MiniTACTORTM series of power contactors are small, lightweight and cost effective.  Designed and manufactured in the USA the hermetically sealed GIGAVAC MiniTACTORTM ‘s join GIGAVAC’s line-up of other sealed switching products including High... 

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... 

Another two South African wind projects reach financial close

By: Terence Creamer     5th June 2018 A further two South African wind farms, with a combined investment value of R6.6-billion, have reached financial close following the signing of agreements for 27 renewable-energy projects on April 4. Global wind and solar company Mainstream Renewable Power announced on Tuesday that construction... 

Record amount of renewable energy installed in 2017 - research

By: Reuters     4th June 2018 A record amount of renewable power capacity was installed worldwide last year as the cost of wind and solar became even more competitive with fossil fuels, research by renewables policy organisation REN21 showed. Renewable power generation capacity had its largest annual increase yet in 2017,... 

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... 

South Africa to release new-look renewables bid window in November

By: Terence Creamer     1st June 2018 Energy Minister Jeff Radebe announced on Friday that South Africa would launch a fifth Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer Procurement Programme (REIPPPP) bid window in November with the aim of procuring a further 1 800 MW of renewable energy from independent power producers (IPPs).... 

Retail leads the way with solar PV installations

1st June 2018 JSE listed REIT SA Corporate Real Estate Limited will invest more than R30 million to install state-of-the-art rooftop solar PV plants to help curb ever climbing electricity tariffs at its malls and reduce their carbon footprint. Retail Asset Manager, Carmen Collison, said that the ongoing... 

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.  

ENERGY COLLECTOR

1st June 2018 The 100 MW XiNa Solar One concentrated solar power plant was officially inaugurated by Energy Minister Jeff Radebe last month. The plant, which is located near Pofadder in the Northern Cape, uses parabolic-trough technology (pictured) to generate dispatchable power from the sun. To produce... 

Solar power plant, Mozambique

By: Sheila Barradas     1st June 2018 Scatec Solar and its partners are building the first large-scale solar plant in Mozambique. 

Summit discusses built environment trends, considerations for thriving Africa development

By: Marleny Arnoldi     31st May 2018 It has been a tumultuous period for the African continent, as since 2014 there have been many pressures affecting the macroeconomic environment – commodity prices took a significant knock, some economies dipped into a recession and the pressure was on from a number of credit ratings agencies.  

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... 

Qld calls for public opinion on old mines

By: Esmarie Iannucci     31st May 2018 The Queensland government has released the Abandoned Mines discussion paper, calling on public input on how to manage old mine sites. Mines Minister Dr Anthony Lynham noted that from the gold rush of the late 1800s to the earliest days of coal, zinc, copper and lead, Queensland has a rich mining... 

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.  

Two coal IPPs would cost S Africa an additional R20bn, not in public interest – report 

By: Marleny Arnoldi     30th May 2018 A report released by the University of Cape Town’s Energy Research Centre (ERC) shows that government’s planned independent power producer (IPP) coal plants – Thabametsi and Khanyisa – would cost South Africa an additional R19.68-billion compared with a least-cost energy system.  

Umoya study affirms social benefits of renewable energy IPPs 

By: Marleny Arnoldi     29th May 2018 A social impact study done by infrastructure investment managers Umoya Energy has found that the Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer Procurement Programme (REIPPP) is effective in delivering on social benefits through meaningful initiatives.  

Careful selection and specification unlocks the potential of smart sensors in industrial motion control

28th May 2018 Franck Roussillon, Product Manager for Actuators, Pneumatic Division Europe, Parker Hannifin Corporation. The term ‘smart sensor’ has been much used in recent years to describe a new breed of sensor that helps facilitate the manufacturing sector’s shift to Industry 4.0 ideology. While many might... 

Africa50, Green Climate Fund, and AfDB to Develop Solar Projects in the Sahel through the Desert to Power Program

28th May 2018 On the margins of the African Development Bank annual meetings, the heads of Africa50, the Green Climate Fund (GCF), and the African Development Bank (AfDB) signed an agreement to collaborate on the Desert to Power Program for solar projects in the Sahel. Alain Ebobisse, CEO of Africa50 stressed... 

Xina Solar One parabolic trough plant project, South Africa

By: Sheila Barradas     25th May 2018 Xina Solar One was officially launched on May 18 this year. 

20 years of the Africa Energy Forum: a catalyst for progress within the industry

24th May 2018 Just before the Africa Energy Forum (AEF) arrives in Mauritius from 19-22 June to celebrate its 20th anniversary, we hear from some of the energy industry’s most respected decision-makers on how the Forum provided a platform for the development of Africa’s energy sector. 

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