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Renewable Energy News

DFFE welcomes IPCC’s sixth climate mitigation report as guide for a just transition

By: Schalk Burger     5th April 2022 South Africa welcomes the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s (IPCC’s) sixth assessment report on mitigation and, as South Africa takes a developmental approach to climate action, this report provides valuable scientific information to guide its just transition, says Forestry, Fisheries... 

Countries must choose their own energy transition pathways, says WCA

By: Marleny Arnoldi     5th April 2022 The World Coal Association (WCA) says global events in recent months have highlighted the fragility of the new energy paradigm, reminding the world of the need to advance energy independence and security. Addressing the South African Colliery Managers Association on April 5, WCA CEO Michelle... 

Emira’s Knightsbridge Block A receives net-zero, energy performance certifications

By: Schalk Burger     4th April 2022 JSE-listed property company Emira Property Fund has received an Energy Performance Certification (EPC) for one of its buildings – Block A in the Knightsbridge office park, in Bryanston. Knightsbridge Block A is the first of 54 mandated commercial buildings in the Emira portfolio the company plans... 

Emira Property Fund COO Ulana van Biljon
Emira Property Fund COO Ulana van Biljon

Global report forecasts 5.4 GW of new wind additions in South Africa to 2026  

By: Terence Creamer     4th April 2022 The Global Wind Energy Council (GWEC) is forecasting that South Africa will add 5.4 GW of new wind capacity over the coming five years to the end of 2026, even though procurement delays will lead to lower levels of deployment in 2022 when compared with 2021. GWEC’s ‘Global Wind Report 2022’ notes... 

Wind turbines in the Eastern Cape

Consistency in policy is key for industrialising renewables – SAWEA

By: Marleny Arnoldi     4th April 2022 The South African Wind Energy Association (SAWEA) and its sector stakeholders have reiterated that the industrialisation of the renewable energy sector holds enormous potential across the value chain, including economic power and societal benefits. The association, in a media release issued on... 

A wind turbine being erected at the Kangnas Wind Farm
A wind turbine being erected at the Kangnas Wind Farm

Eskom’s just energy transition project pipeline investments to cost more than R180bn

By: Darren Parker     1st April 2022 Power utility Eskom has identified a pipeline of about 15 projects in support of it’s just energy transition (JET) strategy, but substantial financing of about R180-billion to R199-billion will be needed for the projects to be implemented, Eskom JET GM Mandy Rambharos has said. Speaking at the... 

Link between renewables and peace and security  

1st April 2022 Creamer Media's Chanel de Bruyn speaks to Engineering News Editor Terence Creamer about how Russia's invasion of Ukraine has crystallised thinking globally around the energy transition, what this means for South Africa, the importance of critical minerals in the energy transition and steps taken... 

Photo of Terence Creamer
Link between renewables and peace and security

Opinion: A mission-oriented approach needed for South Africa’s energy transition

1st April 2022 In this extract from an article to be published in a forthcoming edition of the Oxford Review of Economic Policy, Mariana Mazzucato, Antonio Andreoni, Kenneth Creamer and Grové Steyn argue that a mission-oriented approach to South Africa’s energy transition has the potential to drive... 

Image showing wind and solar plants

Signing of risk mitigation power deals ‘postponed’  

By: Terence Creamer     31st March 2022 The Department of Mineral Resources and Energy (DMRE) has confirmed the “postponement” of the signing of power purchase agreements (PPAs) for projects selected as part of the controversial Risk Mitigation Independent Power Producer Procurement Programme. A signing ceremony was expected to take... 

Minister Gwede Mantashe
Photo by Creamer Media's Donna Slater
Minister Gwede Mantashe

Germany holds up Just Transition Partnership with South Africa as example of evolving climate and development strategy  

By: Terence Creamer     30th March 2022 The Just Transition Partnership signed between South Africa and several developed countries in late 2021 has been held up as an example of the type of ‘climate and development partnership’ that the German government plans to pursue both bilaterally and multilaterally as part of a development... 

German Development Minister Svenja Schulze
German Development Minister Svenja Schulze

Ekurhuleni approves connection of PepsiCo’s large solar-powered microgrid 

By: Darren Parker     30th March 2022 The Ekurhuleni Municipality has approved the connection of a large solar photovoltaic (PV) plant and battery system at food and beverage company PepsiCo Sub-Saharan Africa’s (SSA’s) large distribution centre, near Kempton Park. The new PV and lithium-ion battery system will form one of South... 

A photo of SOLA's solar modules on top of PepsiCo’s facility
The solution that SOLA devised uses the roof space at PepsiCo’s facility to house solar modules

Joburg can create more than 200 000 green jobs in infrastructure and climate adaptation

By: Schalk Burger     30th March 2022 Investment by the City of Johannesburg (CoJ) in rail infrastructure would create 76 000 jobs, while prioritising environment-friendly construction in city projects would create 143 000 green jobs by 2030, CoJ Environment and Infrastructure Services mayoral committee member Michael Sun has said,... 

Africa has prime opportunity to provide commodities usually supplied by Russia

By: Marleny Arnoldi     29th March 2022 As Western Europe accelerates a structural transition away from Russian energy dependence, Africa will play a salient role in filling this void, says Oxford Economics Africa (OEA). During a webinar on March 29, the research company unpacked how a more pressing shift towards renewable energy and a... 

Renewable-energy transition ‘only true path to energy security’ 

By: Terence Creamer     29th March 2022 The renewable energy transition “is the only true path to energy security”, United Nations secretary-general António Guterres has asserted, adding that the current energy crisis, precipitated by Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, underlined the need to accelerate rather than slow the transition. In a... 

United Nations secretary-general António Guterres
United Nations secretary-general António Guterres

Green, just transition investment has potential to create 1.8m jobs in South Africa by 2030

By: Schalk Burger     29th March 2022 Investing in South African cities as part of a green and just recovery from the pandemic can create and support 1.8-million green jobs by 2030, with nearly 1.1-million of those jobs in the buildings, power and sustainable transport sectors. A further 674 000 jobs can be generated and supported... 

Dornier-Suntrace optimistic about South Africa’s renewable energy development

By: Marleny Arnoldi     29th March 2022 South Africa’s economy has had to deal with bouts of load-shedding since 2008 while the procurement of new renewables capacity under the Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer Procurement Programme (REIPPPP) was delayed for a number of years, but renewable energy company Dornier-Suntrace is... 

Dornier-Suntrace head of engineering Lukas Haack
Dornier-Suntrace head of engineering Lukas Haack

Scatec project development VP Pilskop to succeed Carlsen as CEO

By: Darren Parker     28th March 2022 Renewable energy company Scatec has promoted project development executive VP Terje Pilskog to CEO, effective May 1, when incumbent Raymond Carlsen will step down after a 13-year tenure. “Pilskog has been instrumental in the strategic development of Scatec and has first-hand experience with both... 

Raubex anticipates more than 200% increase in earnings a share

By: Donna Slater     28th March 2022 JSE-listed construction materials supplier Raubex expects its earnings a share for the financial year ended February 28 to be at least 231% higher year-on-year, while its headline earnings a share are expected to be at least 250% higher year-on-year. The company had posted earnings a share and... 

South Africa’s electricity plan ‘underestimating’ new generation needs, former Eskom CEO warns 

By: Terence Creamer     25th March 2022 South Africa’s current Integrated Resource Plan (IRP) is significantly underestimating what new capacity should be being built to cater for the decommissioning of the coal-fired power stations and any future demand growth, African Rainbow Energy and Power (AREP) CEO Brian Dames has warned.... 

Eskom CEO Andre de Ruyter (with mic) speaks during an energy transition breakaway session at the South Africa Investment Conference 2022
Photo by Creamer Media Chief Photographer Donna Slater
Eskom CEO Andre de Ruyter (with mic) speaks during an energy transition breakaway session at the South Africa Investment Conference 2022

TIPS says broader, engaged development approaches needed to realise just transition projects 

By: Marleny Arnoldi     25th March 2022 Research institution Trade & Industrial Policy Strategies (TIPS) has unpacked how just energy transition (JET) projects require a different approach to planning, financing and development, away from the traditional model. Addressing delegates during a webinar on March 24, TIPS senior economist... 

TIPS research fellow Sandy Lowitt
TIPS research fellow Sandy Lowitt discusses how just transition energy projects can be classified

Project management skills vital for local energy transition

By: Sabrina Jardim     25th March 2022 Project management skills are imperative to ensure that South Africa’s clean energy transition is successful, says organisation National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE) president Mdu Mlaba and nonprofit organisation Project Management Institute (PMI) business development lead George Asamani.... 

Solar panels and wind turbines generating energy
Photo by Petmal
PIONEERING THE ENERGY TRANSITION Mdu Mlaba and George Asamani expect South Africa’s energy transition to pave the way for other African countries

Infrastructure investment needed for transition

By: Sabrina Jardim     25th March 2022 Local energy generating sites should be established throughout the country when providing sufficient capacity, says Economic Development Solutions (EDS) head of business development Eckart Zollner, pointing out that this will require substantial infrastructure investment, redesign and... 

Image of somebody replacing the word fossil with the words green energy
Photo by Frank Harms
ENERGY EFFICIENT Zollner says energy efficiency needs to be addressed as much as energy transition

SA faces challenges in energy transition

By: Sabrina Jardim     25th March 2022 South Africa is struggling to address the energy security and economic imperatives of the national energy requirements, owing to the delay in implementation of new capacity additions and  the reduced energy availability factor and poor performance of its coal fleet, says Council for Scientific... 

Image of a smiling woman wearing a dark blue blazer and white blouse
ARADHNA PANDARUM Pandarum says economic diversification options and skills development plans need to be considered for the transition from coal-based energy

Lithium-ion batteries assisting energy transition

By: Sabrina Jardim     25th March 2022 Cape Town-based energy equipment and solutions provider Solar MD is expanding its production capabilities for South Africa to meet the expected demand for renewable-energy solutions, owing to the country’s anticipated energy transition. “Our current manufacturing capacity is 180 MWh/y and we... 

An image depicting Solar MD's containerised Mini Grid Solution
POWER UP Solar MD provides energy management systems for its BESS containerised solutions

Solar energy relevant for SA’s energy transition

By: Sabrina Jardim     25th March 2022 The pricing of solar modules is continually improving and the technology is expected to be beneficial for South Africa’s energy transition, says solar energy equipment supplier GameChange Solar chief commercial officer Derick Botha. “Solar energy has often been overlooked, primarily because of... 

An image depicting GameChange Solar's tracker solar racking systems
TIME TO SUN-SHINE GameChange Solar aims to help drive a substantial amount of South Africa’s conversion to solar power

Skills needed to foster transition

By: Sabrina Jardim     25th March 2022 South Africa’s renewable-energy transition requires skills development and the educating of the country’s renewable-energy sector stakeholders, says Economic Development Solutions (EDS) head of business development Eckart Zollner. “In South Africa, there are concerns around an energy industry... 

Image of a smiling man wearing a black blazer, white shirt and glasses
ECKART ZOLLNER Zollner says upskilling and a mindset shift is necessary for a successful transition

Council actively involved in energy master plans

By: Sabrina Jardim     25th March 2022 The Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) has partnered with the City of Cape Town, and Stellenbosch, to create energy master plans to inform optimal procurement and market design for their municipalities’ specific renewable-energy needs. Energy master plans have been completed... 

Image of a man wearing a white lab coat working in the CSIR's PV module reliability testing laboratory
ISO-CERTIFIED Pandarum says the CSIR’s solar PV reliability laboratory is now ISO-certified and is successfully providing commercial services

French companies announce R50bn in new South African investments

By: Schalk Burger     24th March 2022 French companies have announced R50-billion of new investments in South Africa in different sectors, including energy, health, tourism, mobility, retail, manufacturing and agro-industry, the French Embassy in South Africa said. The announcement was made at the 2022 South African Investment... 

Africa needs off-grid support to avoid 30m losing access

By: Bloomberg     24th March 2022 Off-grid power development in Africa needs support to prevent at least 30-million people from losing electricity access after disruptions related to the global pandemic caused many distributors to struggle to remain operational, according to a new report. Solar technology and other off-grid... 

Opinion: Why green hydrogen is the fuel of the future

24th March 2022 In this article, ENGIE MD for thermal, hydrogen, desalination and battery storage for Africa Jonathan Debasc unpacks why green hydrogen is the future for South Africa. Renewable energy has widely been heralded as the future for countries on the journey towards becoming net-zero emission... 

ENGIE MD for thernal, hydrogen, desalinaion and battery storage for Africa Jonathan Debasc
ENGIE MD for thernal, hydrogen, desalinaion and battery storage for Africa Jonathan Debasc

Scatec refinances its power plants in South Africa

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     24th March 2022 Renewable energy solutions provider Scatec has refinanced the non-recourse debt facilities for its Kalkbult, Dreunberg and Linde solar power plants, in South Africa, with the existing lenders. Scatec’s share of proceeds from the refinancing, based on its 45% ownership in the power plants, amounts... 

An image of Scatec CFO Mikkel Tørud
Mikkel Tørud

World needs to double efforts to limit warming to 1.5 ºC by 2050 – WoodMac

By: Schalk Burger     24th March 2022 The world is facing its biggest challenge yet in its journey towards net-zero emissions and needs to double-down on plans to achieve the goal of limiting the rise in global temperatures to within 1.5 °C above preindustrial levels by 2050, natural resources market research company Wood Mackenzie... 

IEA wants mandate broadened to include critical minerals to avert new Russia-like vulnerabilities  

By: Terence Creamer     23rd March 2022 The head of the International Energy Agency (IEA) has called for an expansion of the organisation’s mandate and membership to enable it to support the global transition to a “clean and secure” energy future and to ensure that the world’s climate goals do not become “another victim of Russia’s... 

IEA executive director Fatih Birol
IEA executive director Fatih Birol

Tronox signs PPA for 200 MW of solar power for its South African operations

By: Creamer Media Reporter      23rd March 2022 NYSE-listed titanium dioxide pigment manufacturer Tronox Holdings has entered into a long-term power purchase agreement with independent power producer SOLA Group to provide 200 MW of solar power to Tronox's mines and smelters in South Africa. The renewable energy project is expected to be... 

A solar PV panel

AfDB’s Adesina starts South Africa visit

By: Darren Parker     22nd March 2022 African Development Bank (AfDB) Group president Dr Akinwumi Adesina has started a three-day official visit to South Africa. He will meet with President Cyril Ramaphosa, as well as various other government and industry leaders, to discuss important global and regional concerns, the AfDB’s... 

African Development Bank Group president Dr Akinwumi Adesina and President Cyril Ramaphosa
African Development Bank Group president Dr Akinwumi Adesina and President Cyril Ramaphosa

Eskom considering taking on climate funds as equity injection

By: Bloomberg     22nd March 2022 State power company Eskom is planning to propose that some of the funding the country secured to help tackle climate change take the form of loans to the government that could be converted to equity in the utility when needed. The arrangement would enable Eskom to access the $8.5-billion pledged... 

Innovative citizen ownership model proposed for just transition to renewables 

By: Terence Creamer     22nd March 2022 A financial model that enables the building of public renewables assets using funds from citizens, who receive ongoing inflation-adjusted payments in return that are linked to the asset’s power purchase agreement (PPA), is being proposed for integration into South Africa’s planned just energy... 

Clyde Mallinson
Clyde Mallinson
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