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Sawea upset by PPA hearing delay
Sawea upset by PPA hearing delay

Sawea is disappointed at Eskom's delaying tactics at Nersa's hearing on PPAs...

14 Sep 2017

PE firm to supply green energy to KFC outlets
PE firm to supply green energy to KFC outlets

At the forefront of South Africa's energy revolution, Port Elizabeth energy services company Energyworx is poised to supply several Nelson Mandela Bay outlets of a national fast food chain with green power...

By Shaun Gillham 13 Sep 2017

Zim looks at solar power
Zim looks at solar power

The Zimbabwe Power Company (ZPC) has applied to set up three solar power plants in the country, in a move aimed at improving electricity supply....

12 Sep 2017

NCPC-SA hosts biennial Industrial Efficiency Conference in CT
NCPC-SA hosts biennial Industrial Efficiency Conference in CT

The National Cleaner Production Centre South Africa (NCPC-SA) is hosting its biennial Industrial Efficiency Conference in Cape Town at the Century City Conference Centre, 14-15 September...

11 Sep 2017

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New high-tech 'yarn' could make electricity: study

Researchers in the United States and South Korea have invented a new kind of yarn that can generate electricity when it is stretched or twisted, said a study Thursday, 24 August...

25 Aug 2017

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100% renewable by 2050: the technology already exists to make it happen

Most of the world could switch to 100% renewable energy by 2050, creating millions of jobs, saving millions of lives that would otherwise be lost to air pollution, and avoiding 1.5? of warming...

By Dénes Csala and Sgouris Sgouridis 24 Aug 2017

US Ambassador Deborah Malac, Power Africa coordinator Andrew Herscowitz, and Irene Muloni, minister of energy and mineral development, award CEO of CODE Uganda.
2017 Women in Energy Challenge in Uganda winners announced

The US African Development Foundation (USADF), in collaboration with partners Power Africa and GE, recently announced the winners of the 2017 Women in Energy Challenge in Uganda...

23 Aug 2017

How to avoid the fluctuating price of solar installation on commercial projects
How to avoid the fluctuating price of solar installation on commercial projects

The increase in the demand for PV systems worldwide will result in the rise in cost in the fourth quarter (Q4) of this year of installing photovoltaic (PV) systems...

23 Aug 2017

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Sudan's Bashir aims to ease Egypt concerns over Nile dam

Sudan's President Omar al-Bashir said on Thursday, 17 August, that the construction of Ethiopia's controversial Grand Renaissance Dam on the Nile River would not impact water supplies to Egypt as feared by Cairo...

21 Aug 2017

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Solar power rising in southern African hotel industry

Members of the southern African hospitality industry are rapidly joining the green revolution and its not for show or Google ranking - there are savings to be had and natural vistas to preserve...

By Vanessa Rogers 16 Aug 2017

Algal biofuel production is neither environmentally nor commercially sustainable
Algal biofuel production is neither environmentally nor commercially sustainable

Modern biofuels have been touted as a greener alternative to petrol and diesel since the early 1900s...

By Kevin Flynn 11 Aug 2017

Waste-to-energy programmes key in the sustainable circular economy
Waste-to-energy programmes key in the sustainable circular economy

The business case for transforming waste to address critical energy shortages is mounting...

By Webb Meko 8 Aug 2017

Green tech future for Atlantis a step closer
Green tech future for Atlantis a step closer

Cape Town's "lost city" of Atlantis is a step closer to becoming a green technology hub...

By Dave Chambers 4 Aug 2017

Maputo's residents can now use gas, but dropping charcoal proves hard
Maputo's residents can now use gas, but dropping charcoal proves hard

One of the things that has made the biggest difference to Agostinho and his family's life has been improvements in the energy system in Mozambique's capital, Maputo...

By Vanesa Castán Broto 3 Aug 2017

Noupoort wind farm
Wind energy body launches mentorship programme

A mentorship programme to address gender and transformation in the renewable energy sector has been initiated by the South African Wind Energy Association (SAWEA)...

2 Aug 2017

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Could decentralised energy systems further social justice in SA?

Tasneem Essop has launched an initiative...

By Sindy Peters 28 Jul 2017

Hulisani bets on wind tower firm
Hulisani bets on wind tower firm

Hulisani has made its third acquisition in three months by injecting R82.5m into wind tower manufacturer GRI Wind Steel SA...

24 Jul 2017

Prof Bernard Bladergroen
Finding a renewable storage solution

The cost of storage raises the cost of renewable energy above that of coal-fired power stations...

18 Jul 2017

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State meddling is dissuading energy investors

The stand-off between Eskom and the government over renewable PPAs is leading to a loss in confidence amongst international investors...

By Bekezela Phakathi 14 Jul 2017

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Lüderitz wind project nears completion

The $13.6m Ombepo Wind Farm, near Lüderitz, is expected to add 5MW of renewable power to the Namibian grid by the end of July.

13 Jul 2017

Community Solar Innovation challenge open for entries
Community Solar Innovation challenge open for entries

International law firm, Hogan Lovells, has launched the Community Solar Innovation Awards 2017 for innovative eco-inclusive enterprises, utilising solar energy systems or solar technology innovation...

11 Jul 2017

#StartupStory: The Sun Exchange
#StartupStory: The Sun Exchange

Through The Sun Exchange, anyone can go solar and start building wealth powered by sunlight. It allows for collaborative solar finance using blockchain...

By Ilse van den Berg 11 Jul 2017

SA takes 10th spot on renewables survey
SA takes 10th spot on renewables survey

Despite uncertainty around the future of South Africa's REIPPP, the country still ranked 10th among G20 countries for renewable energy investment...

10 Jul 2017

Govt's lack of will on renewables thwarts youth employment
Govt's lack of will on renewables thwarts youth employment

A renewable energy report estimated more than 26,000 people were employed in the sector over the past four years, despite poor support from the government...

5 Jul 2017

SOLA Future Energy launches Joburg branch
SOLA Future Energy launches Joburg branch

SOLA Future Energy will launch its Johannesburg branch on Thursday, 29 June, servicing clients in the Gauteng region, as well as neighbouring African countries...

28 Jun 2017

Nuclear and coal lobbies threaten to scupper renewables in South Africa
Nuclear and coal lobbies threaten to scupper renewables in South Africa

South African power utility Eskom recently repeated that it will not conclude supply contracts with the developers of new renewable energy power stations...

By Hartmut Winkler 28 Jun 2017

Fumani Mthembi, one of the founders of Pele Energy Group. Photo by Tsidi Bishop
Young South Africans investing in lucrative renewable energy sector

Fumani Mthembi, who runs a renewable energy producing company in South Africa, has no regrets about leaving her secure job in the middle of an economic recession to start her own business in 2009...

By Tsidi Bishop 23 Jun 2017

#YouthMonth: Entrepreneur has high hopes for castor oil producing company in Africa
#YouthMonth: Entrepreneur has high hopes for castor oil producing company in Africa

Thabang Mabapa's Selokong Sa Dimelana project grows castor seed crops for the commercial production of castor seed oil as an alternative biofuel. We wanted to find out a bit more about this inspiring young entrepreneur...

By Cari Coetzee 22 Jun 2017

Stalled PPAs are hurting investors and govt's growth objectives
Stalled PPAs are hurting investors and govt's growth objectives

The DoE and Eskom again did not provide any clarity to investors in the renewable energy sector as to when the power utility will sign PPAs...

21 Jun 2017

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