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SUNfarming technology spells good news for food security

The project began production in June 2016, producing tomatoes, spinach, cauliflower and other herbs. No soil is required to grow vegetables in the project's tunnels and water productivity is increased through drip irrigation...

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Eskom's investment into renewable research

Eskom puts money into renewable energy research by academic institutions, even though the utility is not moving forward with its renewable PPAs...

20 Apr 2017

Solar energy for Zambia can end poverty in sub-Saharan Africa

When electricity reaches Zambia through the solar market, we could see a dramatic decrease in poverty and a surge in creative entrepreneurs contributing to a thriving economy...

By Boris Dzhingarov, Issued by Monetary Library 19 Apr 2017

Solving SA's urgent challenges using cleantech

With the Global Cleantech Innovation Programme for SMEs in SA (GCIP-SA) now open for applications, we interviewed Gerswynn McKuur, national project manager of GCIP-SA, to get some insight on how clean technologies could address some of SA's most urgent challenges...

By Sindy Peters 13 Apr 2017

Is nuke deal behind Eskom's filibusting on renewable PPAs?

The oh-so-delayed signing of PPAs between Eskom and renewable power producers has been postponed again...

By Nicci Botha 11 Apr 2017

Record amount of renewables capacity added in 2016: UN

The world added a record 138.5-gigawatts of renewable power capacity in 2016 despite a 23% drop in investment, reflecting the falling cost of clean energy, the UN announced on Thursday, 6 April...

10 Apr 2017

Renewable costs at an all time low

Record levels of renewable energy capacity were recorded in 2016, at an investment level 23% lower than the previous year...

7 Apr 2017

Reliance receives go-ahead for R250m Waste to Energy project

Reliance has received the go-ahead for the first-of-its-kind R250 million Waste to Energy project in the Paarl region to generate energy from organic waste, create jobs, rebuild depleted agricultural soils and more...

5 Apr 2017

Public opinion could shape the IRP2016

Public comment on the IRP2016 is expected to include valuable insights from the energy sector as well as the broader public...

30 Mar 2017

Innovation will light up Africa

Energy project roll-outs are moving to smaller renewable plants to increase access to electricity in Africa...

30 Mar 2017

AB InBev bets on renewables for future energy

Anheuser-Busch InBev (AB InBev), the largest beer group in the world, has committed itself to secure 100% of its purchased electricity...

29 Mar 2017

Khobab's first wind turbine is up

The first of Khobab Wind Farm's 61 wind turbine generators has been lifted, ahead of schedule, on 22 March 2017.

28 Mar 2017

How the brushless motor can catalyse energy efficiency

If you consider yourself an entrepreneur or an inventor designing products that require a motor, one of the simplest ways to make your product energy efficient is to use a brushless motor...

By Boris Dzhingarov, Issued by Monetary Library 27 Mar 2017

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