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Energy Catalyst Africa launches in South Africa to support energy technology development

By: Schalk Burger     27th June 2022 Energy technology innovation and funding network Innovate UK has launched the Energy Catalyst Africa programme in South Africa to support the development of energy technologies by providing early- to late-stage development and commercialisation funding. The UK government-led programme is aimed at... 

Renewables plans poised to slash Scope 2 emissions at Grootegeluk coal mine by up to 90%  

By: Martin Creamer     27th June 2022 Going forward, combined renewables plans already in place are poised to slash Scope 2 emissions at Exxaro Resources’s Grootegeluk coal mine in Limpopo by up to 90%. The renewable strategy being executed by coal miner Exxaro’s wholly owned green energy arm – Cennergi – is the key driver of the... 

Exxaro/Cennergi MD Energy Roland Tatnall
Exxaro/Cennergi MD energy Roland Tatnall interviewed by Mining Weekly's Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer,

UK to guarantee $2bn of AfDB debt to boost climate fight

By: Bloomberg     27th June 2022 The UK has agreed to guarantee $2-billion of the debt the African Development Bank has extended to governments on the continent, allowing the lender to free up finance for climate-related projects. The additional lending capacity will be used to fund projects for climate resilience and renewable... 

Right decisons key in green transitioning

24th June 2022 “South Africa’s drive towards a just energy transition and net zero carbon emissions should be seen as a great opportunity, rather than a cumbersome task. While the transition is sure to be a challenge, it doesn’t have to be a headache if the right decisions are made, backed by the right... 

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SOLAR EXPERTISE The solar power supply chain must be prepared to act not just as suppliers, but also consultants to ensure the success of new PV installations

Eskom confirms 18 renewable energy bid winners for land leases in Mpumalanga

By: Darren Parker     23rd June 2022 State-owned utility Eskom has confirmed to Engineering News on June 23 that 18 companies have been selected from the bids received for the lease of Eskom-owned land in Mpumalanga, which has been earmarked for independently developed renewable energy generation projects. At this stage, no... 

Bushveld upbeat about VRFB future as subsidiary secures funding for Vametco hybrid mini-grid

By: Creamer Media Reporter      23rd June 2022 Integrated primary vanadium producer and energy storage solutions provider Bushveld Minerals has secured funding for the engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) of the R113-million Vametco hybrid mini-grid, which is owned by Bushveld Minerals' 84%-owned energy subsidiary, Bushveld Energy.... 

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De Ruyter says immediate renewable energy investment should focus on Mpumalanga

By: Darren Parker     22nd June 2022 State-owned utility Eskom CEO André de Ruyter wants Mpumalanga to be the focal point for investment in renewable energy generation capacity to leverage the province’s well established transmission grid and to mitigate the potential for mass unemployment in the province as coal-fired power... 

Eskom CEO André de Ruyter
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Eskom CEO André de Ruyter

Patel says ‘pragmatic solution’ to be found to localisation-linked renewables delays  

By: Terence Creamer     21st June 2022 Trade, Industry and Competition Minister Ebrahim Patel reports that government is working to find a “pragmatic solution” to the problem where local-content requirements contained in government’s electricity procurement programmes are delaying the construction of utility scale renewable-energy... 

Trade, Industry and Competition Minister Ebrahim Patel
Trade, Industry and Competition Minister Ebrahim Patel on localising renewables components in a pragmatic way. Camera Work: Shadwyn Dickinson. Editing: Nicholas Boyd. Recorded: 21.06.2022

GreenCape’s 2022 green economy market intelligence reports outline opportunities

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     15th June 2022 This year’s editions of nonprofit organisation GreenCape’s yearly green economy market intelligence reports (MIRs) have been made available. The reports were officially launched on June 7 by Western Cape Minister of Finance and Economic Opportunities Mireille Wenger and Western Cape Minister of... 

Global clean energy transition not happening – REN21

By: Donna Slater     15th June 2022 According to global community of renewable energy actors REN21’s ‘Renewables 2022 Global Status Report’ (GSR), the global clean energy transition is not happening, making it unlikely that the world will be able to meet critical climate goals this decade. Despite promises of a worldwide green... 

Proposals made to end worsening load-shedding  

By: Creamer Media Reporter      15th June 2022 Creamer Media's Chanel de Bruyn speaks to Engineering News Editor Terence Creamer about warnings that load-shedding could become much worse if urgent action is not taken, proposals by Meridien Economics and other experts on how to end load-shedding and the need for political will and coordination... 

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Proposals made to end worsening load-shedding

Earth & Wire and Energy Exchange of Southern Africa sign PPA

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     14th June 2022 Independent electricity brand Earth & Wire has signed a 12-year power purchase agreement (PPA) with the Energy Exchange of Southern Africa to provide 5 MW, or 13 GWh/y, of solar energy to Mediclinic and another large customer. The power will be generated from the Slimsun Too photovoltaic project,... 

SAPVIA elects Dr Rethabile Melamu CEO, Chanda Nxumalo chairperson

By: Schalk Burger     13th June 2022 Industry organisation the South African Photovoltaic Industry Association (SAPVIA) has elected Dr Rethabile Melamu as its new CEO and Chanda Nxumalo as its new chairperson during the organisation's tenth annual general meeting held on June 9. Melamu is a chemical and environmental engineer by... 

SAPVIA CEO Dr Rethabile Melamu
SAPVIA CEO Dr Rethabile Melamu

Anuva seeks to expand solar PV investment portfolio

By: Donna Slater     13th June 2022 Alternative investment fund manager Anuva Investments is seeking to collaborate with industry experts and reputable engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) partners to fund solar photovoltaic (PV) projects in the agricultural, commercial and industrial, as well as residential space. To... 

Motsepe plans to boost clean power generation seven fold

By: Bloomberg     13th June 2022 African Rainbow Energy and Power (AREP), backed by South African billionaire Patrice Motsepe, is looking to boost renewable power generation sevenfold to become one of the biggest clean electricity providers on the continent. The Johannesburg-based company ultimately has a target of adding as... 

Patrice Motsepe
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Patrice Motsepe

Exxaro secures Nersa registration for 80 MW solar project at its Grootegeluk coal mine

By: Marleny Arnoldi     13th June 2022 Diversified mining and renewable energy company Exxaro Resources and its wholly-owned subsidiary Cennergi has confirmed the successful registration of the 80 MW Lephalale Solar Project (LSP) by the National Energy Regulator of South Africa and the regulator’s executive committee. The project... 

Exxaro Resources' Grootgeluk processing plant
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Exxaro Resources' Grootgeluk processing plant

New report outlines strategy for ending load-shedding by early 2024, but delivery hinges on ‘substantial political will’ 

By: Terence Creamer     13th June 2022 A comprehensive strategy for drastically reducing, or even eliminating, the scourge of rotational power cuts in South Africa by early 2024 has been outlined in a new public-interest report published by Meridian Economics. The authors warn, however, that load-shedding is poised to rise to extreme... 

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Nedbank CIB facilitates R10bn loan to realise Harmony’s renewable energy goal

By: Donna Slater     10th June 2022 Nedbank, acting through its corporate and investment banking (CIB) division, has coordinated and structured an innovative financing solution for Harmony Gold to enable the miner to refinance and upsize its key corporate debt facilities through a R10-billion package. JSE-listed Harmony formally... 

Eskom invites tenders for PV system at Komati power station

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     10th June 2022 State-owned Eskom has extended an invitation to interested parties to submit a tender for the provision of design, engineering, procurement, construction, construction management, start-up, commissioning, performance testing, operator and maintenance training of a solar agrivoltaics or... 

SANEDI releases first technical assessment towards Clean Coal Roadmap

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     9th June 2022 A new report from government organisation the South African National Energy Development Institute (SANEDI) on clean coal technologies has presented a case for potential opportunities and challenges associated with adopting these in a roadmap towards 2030. The report constitutes Phase 1 in a... 

Here’s one idea for ending load-shedding within two years  

By: Terence Creamer     9th June 2022 As Eskom consults a range of experts to assess potential solutions for resolving the load-shedding crisis, independent energy analyst Clyde Mallinson has a proposal that he believes will end rotational power cuts in two years without creating stranded assets or increasing tariffs. The proposed... 

Independent energy analyst Clyde Mallinson
Independent energy analyst Clyde Mallinson

Busa urges Nersa to continue momentum of registering more distributed generation projects

By: Creamer Media Reporter      8th June 2022 Business Unity South Africa (Busa) has welcomed the National Energy Regulator of South Africa’s (Nersa’s) registration of new electricity generation facilities under the so-called 100 MW reform. “The fact that registration processes for the 16 new generation facilities were processed within 19... 

BTE Renewables’ acquisition of Sonnedix Solar South Africa increases African portfolio to 473 MW

By: Creamer Media Reporter      8th June 2022 BTE Renewables has acquired Sonnedix Solar South Africa, increasing its pan-African renewables operating portfolio to 473 MW across six independent power producers in South Africa and Kenya. Through the transaction, BTE Renewables has secured a 60% interest in the 75 MW Mulilo Sonnedix Prieska... 

the 75 MW Mulilo Sonnedix Prieska solar PV facility, situated in the Northern Cape.
the 75 MW Mulilo Sonnedix Prieska solar PV facility, situated in the Northern Cape.

Actis set to complete stake sale of $1.8bn Lekela by July

By: Bloomberg     7th June 2022 Buyout firm Actis is poised to sell its stake in Lekela Power, an Africa-focused renewable energy firm, as early as July, according to people with knowledge of the matter. The private equity company has entered into exclusive talks with Infinity Power, a joint venture between Masdar and Egypt’s... 

Nersa registers 16 more distributed projects to add 211 MW 

By: Terence Creamer     6th June 2022 The National Energy Regulator of South Africa (Nersa) has approved the registration of a further 16 distributed generation projects with a combined capacity of 211 MW and a collective investment value of R3.65-bilion. The approvals were made during a regulator executive committee meeting on June... 

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Rolls-Royce business in Germany now drawing power from new solar energy complex

By: Rebecca Campbell     6th June 2022 The Germany-based Power Systems business of UK-domiciled major international power and propulsion systems and technology group Rolls-Royce has taken another step towards achieving net-zero carbon operations, with the opening of a new solar power complex, or park, in southern Germany. The solar... 

Three risk mitigation projects finally advancing  

By: Creamer Media Reporter      3rd June 2022 Creamer Media's Chanel de Bruyn speaks to Engineering News Editor Terence Creamer about the latest developments in the Risk Mitigation energy procurement programme, what the prospects are for all the energy procurement projects that are under way, efforts to streamline processes for both utility... 

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Three risk mitigation projects finally advancing

Mahlako Energy invests in Harmony Gold's Phase 1 solar project

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     2nd June 2022 Discretionary managed fund Mahlako Energy Fund has concluded its investment in an industrial independent power generation project for the Harmony Gold Mining-commissioned 30 MW solar photovoltaic (PV) portfolio. This project is among the first projects to be developed following changes to... 

Renewable energy project developers should pay closer attention to stakeholder management, advises law firm

By: Donna Slater     2nd June 2022 Renewable energy project developers need to prioritise stakeholder management to avoid shortcomings later on, says law firm ENSafrica natural resources and environment senior associate Mihlali Sitefane. She notes that the management of key stakeholders is often not a priority, compared with the... 

Pandemic, Ukraine war impede global energy development – report

By: Donna Slater     2nd June 2022 The impacts of the Covid-19 pandemic, including lockdowns, disruptions to global supply chains and the diversion of fiscal resources to keep food and fuel prices affordable, have affected the pace of progress toward the United Nations’ seventh Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) of ensuring access... 

Renewable energy the most effective load-shedding mitigation strategy, says Scatec

By: Schalk Burger     31st May 2022 South Africa is well-positioned for effective renewable energy generation, as abundant sun and wind resources, combined with the quick turnaround of establishing renewables-based projects, make for the most effective and sustainable solutions to the energy risks South Africa faces, says renewable... 

Company to exhibit at Enlit Africa in June

27th May 2022 With advanced submetering instrumentation and intelligent energy management solutions, industrial power and energy meter solution manufacturer Accuenergy is proud to be exhibiting at Africa's leading energy event, Enlit Africa 

Energy transition to be discussed at Enlit

27th May 2022 As South Africa experiences yet another period of load-shedding, the option of generating electricity for personal use is starting to look all the more attractive. 

Workable solutions to mitigate SA’s energy crisis

27th May 2022 South Africans have become accustomed to working and living with load-shedding over the past few years. Scheduled and unscheduled power outages have become a reality, with 1 130 hours of planned power cuts experienced in 2021 alone. Recently, the country was warned that the future of its... 

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ENERGY STORAGE Solar photovoltaic equipment, such as battery prices, have increased owing to the pandemic

Hydro project achieves commercial operation

27th May 2022 The Nyamwamba 11, 7.8MW hydropower project reached its PPA Commercial Operation Date (COD) on March 17, 2022. 

Ekurhuleni noses ahead in city electricity race

By: Bloomberg     26th May 2022 Ekurhuleni, the industrial hub of more than 3 million people to the east of Johannesburg, may have a head start in the race between South African cities to buy their own power to alleviate crippling outages imposed by the national utility. A program to procure as much as 700 MW of electricity... 

Green Building Council relocates to new building in Cape Town

By: Donna Slater     25th May 2022 The Green Building Council South Africa (GBCSA) will be moving to a new 330 m3 green office at Growthpoint Properties’ River Park facility, in Mowbray, in Cape Town, on June 1 under a three-year lease. River Park recently improved its green rating to a GBCSA 5-Star Green Star SA – Existing... 

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The Green Building Council South Africa's new Cape Town offices
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