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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

Photo: Climate Transparency
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

Photo: Namibian Sun
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

Wind farms are hardly the bird slayers they're made out to be. Here's why
Wind farms are hardly the bird slayers they're made out to be. Here's why

People who oppose wind farms often claim wind turbine blades kill large numbers of birds, often referring to them as “bird choppers”...

By Simon Chapman 20 Jun 2017

Is this the world's cheapest solar lamp?
Is this the world's cheapest solar lamp?

UK firm designs cheap solar lamp for clean, reliable lighting...

By Lindsay Samson 19 Jun 2017

SA joins in 2017 Global Wind Day celebrations
SA joins in 2017 Global Wind Day celebrations

Thursday, 15 June marked Global Wind Day 2017 - a day for re-considering wind, and the power it holds to reshape energy systems, decarbonise our economy and boost jobs and growth...

15 Jun 2017

Energy for Africa must include renewable options
Energy for Africa must include renewable options

The role of renewable energy in generating Africa's power was the topic of discussion in a panel at the TXF Africa Trade Finance Conference in Nairobi, Kenya...

14 Jun 2017

UIDC 2017 a platform to unlock solutions for smart cities in Africa
UIDC 2017 a platform to unlock solutions for smart cities in Africa

The third annual Urban and Infrastructure Development Conference (UIDC 2017) provides a platform to unlock the growth potential of the African smart cities ecosystem...

7 Jun 2017

Entrepreneur scoops Old Mutual funding to develop biofuel enterprise
Entrepreneur scoops Old Mutual funding to develop biofuel enterprise

Red Bull social entrepreneur scoops funding from Old Mutual Foundation for a project involving growing castor seed crops with the engagement of small-scale local farmers for the commercial production of alternative biofuel...

1 Jun 2017

RBIDZ officials receive high-level SEZ training in China
RBIDZ officials receive high-level SEZ training in China

Richards Bay Industrial Development Zone's senior management are partaking in a fourth Capacity Building programme on Special Economic Zones taking place in Tianjin, China, from 24 May to 13 June...

Issued by Richards Bay Industrial Development Zone 31 May 2017

David Williams
#AfricaMonth: Internal trade barriers show signs of falling

While the road ahead may still present significant challenges, some of Africa's most long-standing internal trade barriers are beginning to show signs of falling. We interview David Williams, Maersk Line Africa chief executive and global head of Safmarine to find out more...

By Ilse van den Berg 30 May 2017

SustainPower gas to power product launch
SustainPower gas to power product launch

SustainPower, a new player in the renewable energy sector, hosted its official gas to power product launch at African Utility Week 2017 in Cape Town earlier this month...

29 May 2017

Jump in renewable energy jobs worldwide: agency
Jump in renewable energy jobs worldwide: agency

The renewable energy sector employed 9.8-million people worldwide in 2016, almost twice as many as in 2012, the Abu Dhabi-based International Renewable Energy Agency said on Wednesday, 24 May...

24 May 2017

#AUW2017: Buildings offer significant opportunity for energy efficiency
#AUW2017: Buildings offer significant opportunity for energy efficiency

One of the many pertinent questions asked at this year's African Utility Week was...

By Sindy Peters 22 May 2017

All roads to sustainable energy lead to the sun
All roads to sustainable energy lead to the sun

Humans consume 221 tonnes of coal, 1,066 barrels of oil, and 93,000 metric cubes of natural gas per second...

By Werner van Zyl 19 May 2017

Rooftop PV in SA on the rise
Rooftop PV in SA on the rise

According to Ashley Maistry, associate director for Accenture Resources, increasing environmental awareness is driving South Africans to invest in a more sustainable future...

16 May 2017

Energy21 workshop helps create stronger voice for renewables sector
Energy21 workshop helps create stronger voice for renewables sector

The recently held Energy21: Exchange Hub in Cape Town focused mainly on communicating the successes and opportunities of South Africa's renewable energy sector...

12 May 2017

Dutch open 'world's largest offshore' wind farm
Dutch open 'world's largest offshore' wind farm

Dutch officials on Monday, 8 May, opened what is being billed as one of the world's largest offshore wind farms, with 150 turbines spinning in action far out in the North Sea...

10 May 2017

US Mission in SA aims to empower renewable energy champions
US Mission in SA aims to empower renewable energy champions

Energy21: Exchange Hub is a collaborative effort between the US Mission to South Africa, which has partnered with the World Bank's Connect4Climate, and GreenCape...

8 May 2017

Startups can help Africa meet its energy needs. But they need to be encouraged
Startups can help Africa meet its energy needs. But they need to be encouraged

Energy access remains a huge problem for most people living on the African continent...

By Fred McBagonluri 5 May 2017

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