Energy & Mining Trends 2018

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With cheap solar and wind power, is it time to rethink 'energy efficiency'?
With cheap solar and wind power, is it time to rethink 'energy efficiency'?

The need to cut emissions from the energy sector has motivated the use of hydro, solar and wind power, and the development of more efficient buildings that consume less energy...

By Nicholas Good and Eduardo Martínez Ceseña 1 day ago

Loeriesfontein Wind Farm
SA wind energy industry anticipates conclusion of outstanding PPAs in Q1

The South African Wind Energy Association (SAWEA), together with the broader renewable power sector, anticipates the conclusion of the 26 outstanding power purchase agreements (PPAs) in the first quarter of 2018. ..

19 Jan 2018

How blockchain can democratise green power
How blockchain can democratise green power

Imagine buying a solar panel from a hardware store, mounting it on your roof, then selling the green electricity you produce at a price you set...

By Srinivasan Keshav 15 Jan 2018

SustainPower delivers locally manufactured biogas power generator to ibert
SustainPower delivers locally manufactured biogas power generator to ibert

SustainPower, together with Unique Hydra, recently delivered a locally manufactured biogas electrical power generator to ibert, a Southern Africa biogas company...

12 Jan 2018

#BizTrends2018: SA has reached its second energy transition tipping point
#BizTrends2018: SA has reached its second energy transition tipping point

At SAWEA's annual wind industry conference held in mid-November 2017, the outcome of a major national research study was launched...

By Brenda Martin 10 Jan 2018

Training workers to properly install solar panels at health clinics in Rwanda provides clean energy and creates green jobs. Photo: Walt Ratterman, Sunepi
#BizTrends2018: Africa's solar era is dawning

If there's one thing Africa isn't short of it is sunshine. So, it's hardly surprising that solar is making a major impact on increasing the number of people on the continent who have access to power...

10 Jan 2018

Greenlight Planet launches new line of solar lanterns
Greenlight Planet launches new line of solar lanterns

Greenlight Planet recently announced the launch of a new line of solar lanterns: the Sun King Pro 400, Sun King Pro 300, and the Sun King Pico Plus...

5 Jan 2018

Photo: M-Kopa
Off-grid power goes mainstream for financing

Since a large portion of Africa's population lives in remote areas, receiving power from the grid could still be decades away...

13 Dec 2017

The dark side of solar energy
The dark side of solar energy

in the middle of nowhere covered in a collection of heliostats, the solar panels that form a "farm" on which energy is harvested...

By Tanya Farber 8 Dec 2017

Energy minister, David Mahlobo
Mahlobo promised renewables IPP announcement this week

New energy minister, David Mahlobo, promised a group of private sector energy developers that he would make an announcment on renewable projects this week...

6 Dec 2017

SA is on code REDZ for energy needs
SA is on code REDZ for energy needs

Solar panels and wind turbines have sprung up like wild flowers across South Africa and by 2030 will be clustered into renewable energy development zones known as REDZes...

4 Dec 2017

Photo: Medafricatimes
Burkina, France launch West Africa's biggest solar plant

ZAGTOULI - Burkina Faso and France have launched West Africa's biggest solar farm, a 33MW facility designed to power tens of thousands of households...

1 Dec 2017

#WindAc 2017: Do cats and windows kill more birds than wind turbines?
#WindAc 2017: Do cats and windows kill more birds than wind turbines?

Yes, they do - cats and windows do kill more birds than wind turbines, but that's no reason to disregard the fact that wind turbines also kill birds...

By Sindy Peters 23 Nov 2017

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GreenCape, SAWEA host renewable energy career expo in Atlantis

GreenCape and the South African Wind Energy Association (SAWEA) recently hosted the second annual Atlantis Career Expo, an educational event designed to drive awareness and interest among Atlantis students about career opportunities in renewable energy...

22 Nov 2017

#WindAc 2017: How to select a wind farm development site without compromising visual resources
#WindAc 2017: How to select a wind farm development site without compromising visual resources

There are many considerations to take into account when developing a wind farm, one of which is the impact on visual, aesthetic, and scenic resources in and around a potential location...

By Sindy Peters 21 Nov 2017

SA's KaXu Solar One plant wins UN climate change award
SA's KaXu Solar One plant wins UN climate change award

KaXu Solar One concentrated solar power (CSP) project was presented with a Momentum of Change award by the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change...

By Wilson Johwa 17 Nov 2017

Sunny future for renewables thanks to China: IEA
Sunny future for renewables thanks to China: IEA

Solar energy is to lead the race to new power generation over the coming decades, thanks in large part to China and India, the International Energy Agency said on Tuesday, 14 November...

16 Nov 2017

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New initiatives in energy, water, agriculture announced at COP23

New commitments and initiatives in energy, water and agriculture sectors were announced on Friday, 10 November, at the United Nations Climate Conference (COP23) in Bonn...

15 Nov 2017

#WindAc 2017: Transition to renewables well under way
#WindAc 2017: Transition to renewables well under way

Today saw the start of WindAc Africa 2017 - the annual "academic hour for wind power" hosted by the South African Wind Energy Association...

By Sindy Peters 14 Nov 2017

Photo: Clean Technology Business Review
Huge solar plant aims for brighter Brazil energy output

PIRAPORA - Brazil has lagged far behind in the shift to solar power, but the continent's biggest facility now being built in the south-east...

10 Nov 2017

EnergyDrive truck arrives in EC to share benefits of using renewable energy
EnergyDrive truck arrives in EC to share benefits of using renewable energy

The EnergyDrive truck, a custom-built vehicle, recently took to the Eastern Cape to teach learners about the benefits and uses of renewable energy technologies...

10 Nov 2017

Kruger goes green
Kruger goes green

Two Kruger National Park's camps are now powered by the sun, thanks to grid-tied solar PV systems producing a total of 1,367KW of energy...

31 Oct 2017

How to ensure the shortest payback period for commercial solar
How to ensure the shortest payback period for commercial solar

While the payback period on commercial solar photovoltaic (PV) systems has decreased substantially to within five years or less, reducing the time depends largely on the property owner...

31 Oct 2017

Robben Island turns to the sun for power
Robben Island turns to the sun for power

Robben Island has gone green with a solar energy microgrid, which will produce almost 1m kWh of electricity annually...

23 Oct 2017

#GBCSA2017: The potential for buildings to become mini utilities
#GBCSA2017: The potential for buildings to become mini utilities

The future of large public utilities, such as Eskom, is uncertain...

By Sindy Peters 20 Oct 2017

China's green planning for the world starts with infrastructure
China's green planning for the world starts with infrastructure

The United States is retreating from the global community under a president who rejected the Paris Climate Accords and denigrates NAFTA and NATO. This provides an opportunity for China to play a greater role in global affairs...

By Asit K. Biswas and Kris Hartley 19 Oct 2017

Colin Logan, technical executive for GIBB’s dams, hydropower and underground works services sector
It's time to have an honest conversation about energy

It is critical that the energy mix is carefully blended by policymakers to ensure a sustainable economy...

By Colin Logan 18 Oct 2017

Top five South African consumer trends - Euromonitor
Top five South African consumer trends - Euromonitor

Global market intelligence company, Euromonitor International, has just released the latest results of the 2017 Global Consumer Trends survey...

17 Oct 2017

Does South Africa's renewable energy plan signify progress or regression?
Does South Africa's renewable energy plan signify progress or regression?

The energy industry breathed a huge sigh of relief recently when energy minister Mmamoloko Kubayi announced that power purchase agreements (PPAs) for renewable energy from bid windows 3.5 and 4 will be signed by the end of October 2017...

By Siyabonga Mbanjwa 17 Oct 2017

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