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Boris Dzhingarov
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
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?
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
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
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

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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 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
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
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

Source: Renewable Power SA
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

Boris Dzhingarov
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

Solar technology applied in an ingenious way
Solar technology applied in an ingenious way

A solar power system was considered the logical way in which to provide electricity to power the irrigation pumps on a new macadamia farm on the outskirts of Hazyview, Mpumalanga...

27 Mar 2017

Partnership to secure private investment in renewables
Partnership to secure private investment in renewables

A platform aimed at boosting private sector investment into on- and off-grid renewable energy production in Africa was launched in Geneva recently...

22 Mar 2017

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Biomass project creates opportunity for mining community

A renewable energy project on degraded land is aimed at creating economic opportunities for communities after the life of a mine...

20 Mar 2017

Siyabonga Mbanjwa, MD of Sener Southern Africa
Making the case for CSP in SA's energy mix

In the past few months, the role of renewable energy has become a subject of intense debate...

By Siyabonga Mbanjwa 16 Mar 2017

How to unlock the potential of papyrus wetlands in Africa
How to unlock the potential of papyrus wetlands in Africa

Most households in tropical sub-Saharan Africa – over 80% – use some form of biomass, such as charcoal or wood as their primary source of energy, mainly for cooking...

By Michael Jones and Matthew Saunders 16 Mar 2017

Enoh Ebong
Two solar plants on the cards for Burkina Faso

A grant for a feasibility study for two 17MW solar photovoltaic plants near the villages of Pá and Kodéni in Burkina Faso...

10 Mar 2017

CiTi joins Helen Zille on mission to Singapore, Japan
CiTi joins Helen Zille on mission to Singapore, Japan

The Cape Innovation and Technology Initiative (CiTi) is joining Western Cape premier, Helen Zille, on a working visit to Singapore and Japan...

10 Mar 2017

WWF urges Eskom to back renewables
WWF urges Eskom to back renewables

In a petition, WWF South Africa is calling on Eskom to expedite the use of renewable energy in the country...

1 Mar 2017

Boris Dzhingarov
How to make your office more eco-friendly

Environmental challenges are something that is facing many businesses across the world and here in South Africa is no different...

By Boris Dzhingarov, Issued by Monetary Library 27 Feb 2017

IPPs could go out of business, Treasury warns Eskom
IPPs could go out of business, Treasury warns Eskom

Eskom's delay in signing power purchase agreements with renewable IPPs could result in manufacturers going out of business...

27 Feb 2017

South African Minister of Finance Pravin Gordhan
SAREC welcomes finance minister's support

SAREC has welcomed confirmation in the 2017 Budget Speech that the IPP energy programmes is an imperative to boost the economy...

23 Feb 2017

GE’s Jenbacher J316
GE technology helps power Cameroon poultry hatchery

Poultry hatchery Agrocam, located in Douala, Cameroon, has purchased one of GE's Jenbacher J316 gas engines to address the fundamental challenges related to long-term power outages...

22 Feb 2017

J. Walter Thompson Cape Town and SunSteam join forces to bring energy to everyone under the sun
J. Walter Thompson Cape Town and SunSteam join forces to bring energy to everyone under the sun

A highly contested business win in the rapidly expanding renewable energy sector has seen J. Walter Thompson Cape Town appointed to lead all marketing communication on the African continent for innovative solar technology enterprise SunStream Technology Inc...

Issued by JWT 22 Feb 2017

Eskom looks set to drag feet on signing PPAs - SAREC
Eskom looks set to drag feet on signing PPAs - SAREC

According to the SA Renewable Energy Council (SAREC), signs are already emerging that Eskom will drag its feet wherever possible to resist signing outstanding power purchase agreements with renewable producers...

17 Feb 2017

Sub-Saharan Africa lags in sustainable energy policies
Sub-Saharan Africa lags in sustainable energy policies

Sub-Saharan Africa trails the world in government policies that promote sustainable energy...

16 Feb 2017

SOSA Investments launches Project Light campaign
SOSA Investments launches Project Light campaign

SOSA Investments recently launched its first Project Light campaign with the aim of donating 50,000 solar-powered lanterns to underprivileged grade three learners so as to replace their current use of kerosene lamps...

13 Feb 2017

Implats to take Impala Platinum Refinery off grid
Implats to take Impala Platinum Refinery off grid

Powering the Impala Platinum Refinery using fuel cell technology...

13 Feb 2017

Government committed to independent power producers programme
Government committed to independent power producers programme

With the end of load shedding, government is now more committed to the Independent Power Producers Programme, President Jacob Zuma said on Thursday, 9 February...

13 Feb 2017

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