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GWO, GWEC partner up to map out global energy transition workforce training needs

By: Darren Parker     11th April 2022 International trade association the Global Wind Energy Council (GWEC) and nonprofit industry body the Global Wind Organisation (GWO) have signed a new two-year agreement to map out workforce training needs. This is being done in an effort to support the development of renewable energy by helping... 

UK goes big on nuclear and offshore wind for its future and secure low-carbon energy

By: Rebecca Campbell     7th April 2022 The UK officially confirmed on Thursday that, to ensure the country’s energy security and independence, while also moving more rapidly to achieving net-zero carbon emissions energy, it was going to particularly prioritise the development of new nuclear and offshore wind generation capacity.... 

Ramaphosa warns risks of ‘not undertaking an ambitious and just transition’ are great  

By: Terence Creamer     7th April 2022 President Cyril Ramaphosa has acknowledged the risks associated with South Africa’s transition from coal to renewables but insists the “risks of not undertaking an ambitious and just transition are far greater.” Speaking during the virtual launch of the Oxford ‘Handbook on the South African... 

President Cyril Ramaphosa
President Cyril Ramaphosa

DMRE initiates sixth renewables bidding round  

By: Terence Creamer     6th April 2022 The Department of Mineral Resources and Energy has officially launched the sixth bid window (BW6) of the Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer Procurement Programme (REIPPPP) with the release of bid documentation on April 6. As has become the norm, prospective bidders are required to pay a... 

A solar farm with pylons in background

Bayoglu unconvinced the energy transition will benefit the majority

By: Darren Parker     6th April 2022 Mining investment group Menar MD Vuslat Bayoglu has expressed concern about job losses in the fossil fuel sector as State-owned Eskom proceeds with its just energy transition. “When we do the just transition, we’re talking about 90 000 jobs that will be lost,” he said during a discussion at the... 

Menar MD Vuslat Bayoglu
Menar MD Vuslat Bayoglu

Companies developing wind energy skills in the Eastern Cape

By: Schalk Burger     5th April 2022 The Wind Turbine Service Training programme, an initiative of renewable energy project developer EIMS Africa’s portfolio company Cookhouse Wind Farm and operations and maintenance contractor Suzlon, is helping to build technical skills for South Africa’s wind power sector. This skills-based... 

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

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

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

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

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... 

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

Investors need to rethink IPP funding to ensure sector sustainability – RMB

By: Donna Slater     16th March 2022 A deregulated electricity sector is an “enormous opportunity” for South Africa, bringing the country more in line with international best practice and helping it tackle generating deficits, as well as building in resilience, reports investment bank Rand Merchant Bank (RMB). However, for private... 

Red Rocket’s Roggeveld wind farm achieves commercial operations

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     11th March 2022 African independent power producer (IPP) Red Rocket’s first wind farm in South Africa, Roggeveld, has reached commercial operations. The project, situated on the border of the Northern and Western Cape province, has an installed capacity of 147 MW and a contracted capacity of 140 MW. 

Reliability in power sector ensured

By: Cameron Mackay     4th March 2022 Industrial equipment supplier Becker’s Kito electric chain and manual hoists have been designed for dependable use in materials handling applications in diverse industries. These include mining, construction, shipbuilding, food and beverage, pharmaceuticals processing, manufacturing and general... 

Image of a technicians with hoists and a wind turbine
MEETING STRINGENT REQUIREMENTS Kito electric chain hoists and manual hand chain blocks and lever hoists are suitable for demanding applications in wind turbines

Norfund, CDC commit R600m towards wind, solar energy projects in South Africa 

By: Donna Slater     3rd March 2022 Norwegian investment fund for developing countries Norfund has committed to invest R360-million in South African renewables investor and developer H1 Capital, while UK development finance institution (DFI) CDC Group will commit R240-million. The transaction represents a joint vision by the two... 

US official says South Africa aid aimed at coal plants not EVs

By: Bloomberg     3rd March 2022 A group of the world’s richest nations that pledged $8.5-billion in climate finance to South Africa wants the money to be used to retire coal-fired power plants, according to a senior US official involved in the talks, damping suggestions some could be channelled to producing electric vehicles... 

Eskom's Duvha power station
Photo by Bloomberg
Eskom's Duvha power station

Cheap South African solar projects face cost challenge to close

By: Bloomberg     1st March 2022 Solar projects in South Africa’s latest renewable power procurement round may have difficulty reaching financial close due to issues including rising supply chain costs, according to people familiar with the details. Some of the bids are experiencing trouble ahead of a deadline to complete... 

Ending load-shedding, training experts among measures that can improve South Africa’s energy security 

By: Donna Slater     23rd February 2022 South Africa needs to undertake six measures to improve its energy and electricity security and sustainability, as well as ensure it can meet ongoing electricity demand, FutureEnergy CEO Andy Calitz said on February 23. Speaking at a webinar on South Africa’s Energy Transition Journey, hosted by... 

Govt signals reduction or elimination of guarantees for REIPPPP projects 

By: Terence Creamer     23rd February 2022 A government study is currently under way to explore alternative support for the Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer Procurement Programme (REIPPPP), the National Treasure states in its 2022 Budget Review. “This is expected to result in a reduction or elimination of guarantee requirements... 

An image of solar panels, wind turbines and power pylons

Low-carbon hydrogen power on the rise

By: Darren Parker     23rd February 2022 Market research and analysis firm Fitch Solutions is expecting to see an increase in the development of low-carbon hydrogen production technologies and projects over the rest of the year. Speaking at a webinar on February 22, Fitch Solutions senior power and renewables analyst Thomas van Lanschot... 

A composite graphic of green hydrogen text and images
Natural gas consumers and suppliers will be negatively impacted by the rise of green hydrogen

African miners aggressively pursuing decarbonisation

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     22nd February 2022 Mining companies are aggressively pursuing decarbonisation at their operations, with a myriad of different strategies, and varying timelines across the spectrum of miners, but with the same end-goal of reducing carbon emissions and ultimately achieving net-zero operations. This was indicated by... 

The solar and heavy fuel oil hybrid energy plant at B2Gold's Fekola mine
The solar and heavy fuel oil hybrid energy plant at B2Gold's Fekola mine

City of Cape Town says future IPP rounds will cater for wheeling, but not round one  

By: Terence Creamer     18th February 2022 The City of Cape Town has defended its decision not to accept bids for wheeled electricity as part of its first independent power producer (IPP) procurement round but says future tenders will cater for wheeling. The city aims to enter into 20-year power purchase agreements (PPAs) with multiple... 

The City of Cape Town
The City of Cape Town

Platinum industry sees value in offshore wind-to-hydrogen technology

By: Darren Parker     18th February 2022 Sustainable offshore energy production could help deliver cost-competitive green hydrogen, which the World Platinum Investment Council (WPIC) says could play a significant role in the transition away from fossil fuels. Green hydrogen is produced by the electrolysis of water, which is, in turn,... 

A photo of offshore wind turbines
Global installed wind-generation capacity was at 564 GW in 2018

South African green energy transition can create 250 000 more jobs over 25 years – GWEC 

By: Schalk Burger     17th February 2022 The shift from coal-fired to clean energy in South Africa could deliver an additional 250 000 jobs and more than $10-billion, or R150-billion, in gross value-add to the economy over 25 years, if an ambitious green recovery is pursued, the Global Wind Energy Council (GWEC) states in its 'Capturing... 

The Cookhouse wind farm
The Cookhouse wind farm

Mantashe says South Africa’s renewables resources can ‘kickstart’ economy  

By: Terence Creamer     16th February 2022 Mineral Resources and Energy Minister Gwede Mantashe says South Africa has natural renewable-energy resources to “generate the much-needed energy to kickstart our economy and put South Africa on a just energy transition trajectory”. In an address to the Solar Power Africa conference on Wednesday,... 

Photo of solar panels

Old Mutual unit hires Goldman to advise on Lekela Power bid

By: Bloomberg     15th February 2022 A unit of Old Mutual hired Goldman Sachs Group to help it acquire Africa-focused renewable-energy firm Lekela Power, according to people familiar with the matter. Buyout firm Actis has drawn broad interest for its 60% stake in Lekela, including bidders from China and the Middle East, said the... 

Delays, inconsistency and lack of clarity blocking South African renewables rollout

By: Darren Parker     11th February 2022 Delays and halted bidding windows in relation to the Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer Procurement Programme (REIPPPP) were some of the greatest challenges highlighted by South African renewable energy industry stakeholders, said the South African Wind Energy Association (SAWEA) on... 

A photo of a wind turbine and a technician in a cherrypicker
Inconsistency is causing financiers to become risk averse regarding investments in renewables

Earth & Wire to build 1 300 MW transmission substation in Eastern Cape

By: Schalk Burger     11th February 2022 Independent electricity retailer Earth & Wire has secured land and servitudes, executed the environmental studies and received environmental approval to build a 1 300 MW transmission substation close to Somerset East, in the Eastern Cape. It plans to start construction on the substation later... 

South Africa equipped on all fronts to ramp up wind turbine manufacture, rollout – Nordex

By: Donna Slater     10th February 2022 The South African Renewable Energy Master Plan’s emerging actions discussion document represents a significant opportunity to create new jobs and contribute to South Africa’s gross domestic product (GDP) through yearly production across the value chain, says renewable energy developer Nordex... 

Global Energy Association receiving more nominations from developing countries

By: Schalk Burger     9th February 2022 Energy research and projects organisation the Global Energy Association has seen a sharp rise in the number of countries represented by candidates for the yearly Global Energy Prize. The association hopes to expand its international representation, as developing countries are playing an... 

Hybrid energy systems needed to transition Africa away from coal  

By: Darren Parker     4th February 2022 A combination of renewables, storage and flexible gas are needed to create a stable and resilient energy system that provides a reliable source of electricity while transitioning away from carbon-intensive coal-fired power, marine and energy technology company Wärtsilä Energy Europe and Africa VP... 

A rendering of a hybrid energy solution
Wärtsilä’s hybrid power plants combine flexible engine power plants and energy storage, easily integratable with renewable assets

SAWEA appoints Niveshen Govender CEO

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     2nd February 2022 Industry organisation the South African Wind Energy Association (SAWEA) has announced the appointment of Niveshen Govender as CEO. The organisation says he brings along a vision founded on predictable and continued procurement with a focus on industrialisation policy and incentives to build more... 

An image of South African Wind Energy Association CEO Niveshen Govender
Niveshen Govender

Green energy transition will help South Africa become more resilient, competitive   

By: Schalk Burger     28th January 2022 South Africa needs more power generation to overcome the supply gap and underpin economic growth, and investments by private companies, including mining houses, are essential to close that gap. Renewable energy projects provide good economic prospects, help to decarbonise the mining sector and... 

Solar panels installed by Cennergi
Creamer Media on January 28 hosted a webinar on decarbonisation and going green in the mining sector. Video and editing: Nicholas Boyd.

SAWEA chair sees 100 MW reform unlocking wind investments in Mpumalanga 

By: Terence Creamer     28th January 2022 The chairperson of the South African Wind Energy Association (SAWEA) says the industry is well placed to take advantage of both the 100 MW reform and recent moves to release 36 000 ha of Eskom land in the grid-rich Mpumalanga province to accelerate renewables investments and facilitate a just... 

South African Wind Energy Association chair Mercia Grimbeek
South African Wind Energy Association chair Mercia Grimbeek

Agreement inked to develop hydrogen recycling of end-of-life wind turbine magnets

By: Donna Slater     25th January 2022 Magnet metal and rare earths miner Pensana has signed a cooperation agreement with oil, gas and wind power company Equinor, forming a working group to share technical and commercial information to develop a low-energy method for recycling end-of-life magnets at Pensana’s rare earths hub in the... 

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