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Park Inn by Radisson installs Cape Town’s first PVT project

By: Marleny Arnoldi     28th March 2018 Hotel brand Park Inn by Radisson, together with hybrid solar products producer Solarus, have installed a large-scale commercial hybrid photovoltaic and thermal (PVT) project in Cape Town’s central business district – the first PVT project in the city.  

Epiroc ROC family of drill rigs ROC for Booysen Bore

28th March 2018 “Mobility, flexibility, reliability, efficiency and precision drilling capacity define Epiroc’s ROC family of drilling machines making them the most suitable and up for the task,” states Pieter Malan, General Manager of Booysen Bore Drilling Company, Sishen. This specialist drilling company is... 

Australia pumps A$50m into drilling research

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     28th March 2018 The Australian federal government on Wednesday announced a A$50-million investment into research aimed at better equipping the mining and resources sector to manage future challenges. Resources and Northern Australia Minister Matt Canavan said the funding would come from the Cooperative... 

Junior exploration incentive passes through Australia Parliament

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     28th March 2018 The Australian Parliament has passed the Junior Minerals Exploration Incentive (JMEI), which will see the government provide A$100-million over the next four years to allow greenfields exploration programmes to distribute their tax losses as a credit to Australian resident shareholders. Finance... 

Ingeteam reaches the milestone of 50 GW in the supply of power converters for renewable energy plants

28th March 2018 To cap this achievement, in this same sector, the company also boasts a total of 12 GW in O&M contracts and 3 GW in plant automation. The energy generated in one year by those converters would be equivalent to the annual consumption of 28 million households Ingeteam. 

Africa needs private investment to meet energy needs – Radebe

By: Simone Liedtke     27th March 2018 The cost of meeting sub-Saharan Africa’s power demand has been estimated at about $14-billion a year and cannot be met by public funding alone. Although public utilities have historically been the major sources of funding for new power generation capacity, South African Energy Minister Jeff... 

Living Building Challenge – A reality for South Africa?

23rd March 2018 The Living Building Challenge is possibly the most rigorous green building certification programme and sustainable design framework in the world. Developed by the International Living Future Institute (ILFI) with the mandate of leading transformation toward a civilization that is socially just,... 

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... 

Municipalities seek new rules to facilitate transition to decentralised electricity system 

By: Terence Creamer     23rd March 2018 South African Local Government Association (Salga) president Parks Tau has called for an overhaul of the policy and regulations governing electricity supply in South Africa to facilitate a transition towards a more decentralised electricity system. Addressing a well-attended Salga Energy Summit... 

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... 

China partially wins WTO case over Obama-era US tariffs

By: Reuters     22nd March 2018 The US did not fully comply with a 2014 ruling against its anti-subsidy tariffs on a range of Chinese products, a World Trade Organisation compliance panel said in a ruling on Wednesday that either side can appeal within 20 days. The ruling came ahead of the White House's announcement on... 

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... 

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.  

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... 

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... 

Small-scale power projects fast becoming part of new wave of electricity generation

16th March 2018 “A Tale of Two cities”. The dynamic energy landscape of South Africa When one thinks of the current state of the energy industry, the immortal words of iconic author and thespian Charles Dickens come to mind: “It was the best of times, it was the worst of times.” It really is a tale of two cities. 

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... 

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.  

Waste-to-energy significant to Africa’s energy mix

By: Marleny Arnoldi     16th March 2018 Integrated infrastructure delivery company AECOM says waste-to-energy (WtE) electricity conversion can play a significant role in the future of Africa’s energy mix, providing extra support to fossil-fuel baseload power stations.  

African innovation

16th March 2018 I bet my bottom rand that many people on these shores are not as informed about Togo as they are about, say, Tibet – this despite the fact that South Africa and Togo are on the same continent. Usually, the West African nation features in local media reports only when citizens take to the streets... 

Zimbabwe's coal output set to quadruple as investors arrive

By: Reuters     15th March 2018 Zimbabwe has attracted around $300-million in its coal industry that will quadruple production next year versus 2017, its Mining Minister told an investment conference in London on Thursday. The country, which says its abundant mineral resources include more than 40 exploitable minerals, is... 

Clean energy, hi-tech sectors drive demand for high-quality silica

15th March 2018 The race to develop more effective and efficient solar panels has resulted in an increased demand for relatively rare raw materials such as high-grade quartz silica. To meet this demand, Suricate Minerals is fast-tracking its development of high-quality quartz deposits in Mauritania. The mining... 

Numsa supports renewable energy, wants job security

By: Sane Dhlamini     15th March 2018 The National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa (Numsa) on Thursday said its opposition to Eskom’s power purchase agreements with independent power producers (IPPs) was because the State had not consulted workers on the impact of the deal. Numsa and Transform RSA used the courts to block the... 

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... 

Legal challenge a hurdle, but 'not end of the road' for renewables

By: Terence Creamer     13th March 2018 The excitement associated with Energy Minister Jeff Radebe’s move to end two years of confidence-sapping uncertainty in South Africa’s independent power producer (IPP) market, turned to frustration on Tuesday when the signing of agreements for 27 renewable-energy projects was voluntarily delayed... 

South African court grants union interdict blocking renewable energy deal

By: African News Agency      13th March 2018 The National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa said it had obtained an urgent court interdict preventing power utility Eskom from signing renewable energy contracts on Tuesday with 27 independent power producers (IPPs). The move will be a blow for independent producers who say the deals would... 

Growthpoint lists first local green bonds

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     12th March 2018 JSE-listed real estate investment trust Growthpoint Properties has issued a Green Bond on the JSE, the first local company to do so. The Growthpoint Green Bonds will be available in terms of five, seven and ten years and are aimed at raising capital solely allocated for funding projects that... 

New power line to keep OZ Minerals connected

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     9th March 2018 Copper/gold miner OZ Minerals on Friday unveiled its power strategy, which includes a new high voltage power transmission line to secure electricity for the Prominent Hill and Carrapateena mines, as well as any future developments in South Australia. “Infrastructure in the region does not support... 

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... 

Akuo Kita solar photovoltaic power plant, Mali

By: Sheila Barradas     9th March 2018 The plant will be the first photovoltaic power station in Mali owned and run by a private-sector independent power producer, and the largest solar farm yet built in West Africa. 

Planning Commission outlines case for Eskom split in new energy document

By: Terence Creamer     9th March 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... 

NPC engages stakeholders on South Africa’s future energy mix

By: Marleny Arnoldi     8th March 2018 The National Planning Commission (NPC) on Thursday hosted a roundtable discussion on its energy paper, which was released in February. The discussion covered mainly coal and carbon pricing, the end-state of the electricity industry, nuclear energy, the integration of renewables into the national... 

Raubex Completes Quality Rdp Multi-Storeys At Riverside View 

8th March 2018 Raubex Building has notched up another successful RDP housing project in Gauteng, completing 480 units at Riverside View south of Diepsloot in the Fourways area near Johannesburg. The company’s work on the R75 million Riverside View RDP Multi Storey project – implemented for developer Valumax –... 

Radebe ends years of IPP uncertainty, unlocks R56bn in renewables investment 

By: Terence Creamer     8th March 2018 Energy Minister Jeff Radebe moved decisively on Thursday to end the confidence-sapping uncertainty that has hung over South Africa’s independent power producer (IPP) programmes for more than two years, announcing that project agreements for 27 stalled renewable-energy projects would be signed on... 

New rules needed to facilitate transition to decentralised electricity system – Tau  

By: Terence Creamer     7th March 2018 South African Local Government Association (Salga) president Parks Tau has called for an overhaul of the policy and regulations governing electricity supply in South Africa to facilitate a transition towards a more decentralised electricity system. Addressing a well-attended Salga Energy Summit... 

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... 

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