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SAWEA looks to improve implementation of ED components through industry practice
SAWEA looks to improve implementation of ED components through industry practice

Working with key constituencies, the South African Wind Energy Association (SAWEA) aims to help improve the implementation of...

1 day ago

Zim puts wind energy plans on hold
Zim puts wind energy plans on hold

Zimbabwe has put on hold plans to undertake a wind resource measurement exercise on three sites with highest energy potential

By Martin Kadzere 3 days ago

Ghanaian startup crowned 2018 Seedstars Global Winner
Ghanaian startup crowned 2018 Seedstars Global Winner

Ghanaian startup, AgroCenta, was crowned the 2018 Seedstars Global Winner at the fifth edition of the Seedstars Summit which took place on Thursday, 12 April 2018...

16 Apr 2018

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Proper water management key to viability of solar-powered irrigation systems

According to a new report, solar-powered irrigation is now an affordable solution to both commercial and small-scale farmers in developing countries, but adequate management and regulations to avoid the unsustainable use of water are needed...

13 Apr 2018

Africa's energy revolution is underway, but challenges remain
Africa's energy revolution is underway, but challenges remain

An energy revolution is happening in Africa where off-grid and mini-grid power generation is no longer a short-term fix, but rather a permanent solution...

By Liesl Peyper, Issued by African Utility Week 12 Apr 2018

More nuanced approach needed in pursuing renewables, experts say
More nuanced approach needed in pursuing renewables, experts say

The sharp decline in the cost of clean renewable energy globally has made it the obvious choice for African countries to generate new capacity, but a more nuanced approach is needed...

By Liesl Peyper, Issued by African Utility Week 11 Apr 2018

20 out of 65 Seedstars Summit finalists from Africa
20 out of 65 Seedstars Summit finalists from Africa

With the Seedstars World Summit taking place on Thursday, 12 April 2018, the organisers have announced the final 65 finalists that will get the chance to pitch their ideas on the global stage. 20 out of the 65 finalists are from Africa...

By Ilse van den Berg 11 Apr 2018

Eskom’s pilot wind-farm facility at Klipheuwel. The utility must seriously consider in-house renewable projects.
Why South Africa's power utility should boost its output of in-house renewables

South Africa has exceptionally favourable conditions for solar and wind power generation...

By Hartmut Winkler 9 Apr 2018

Marubini Raphulu, CEO of Hulisani
The inevitable benefits of renewables

The freshly signed power purchase agreements with renewable energy independent power producers reinstate investor confidence and create opportunities...

By Marubini Raphulu 6 Apr 2018

PPA signing re-energises renewables programme
PPA signing re-energises renewables programme

Energy Minister, Jeff Radebe, has finally signed the 27 outstanding PPA projects totalling R56bn in round 3.5 and 4 of the Renewable Energy Independent Power Producers Procurement Programme (REIPPPP)...

5 Apr 2018

Reducing costs for wind farms
Reducing costs for wind farms

Global trends for cleaner, more sustainable energy sources are demanding a more substantive move towards renewables...

4 Apr 2018

Park Inn by Radisson Cape Town Foreshore PVT Installation. (Image Supplied)
Park Inn by Radisson Cape Town maximises rooftop space with hybrid PVT project

Park Inn by Radisson Cape Town Foreshore installed Cape Town CBD's first large-scale commercial hybrid Photovoltaic and Thermal project. In addition to the renewable energy produced on the roof of the hotel, the installation also saves 79,000 litres of water per year...

27 Mar 2018

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How local business innovation equips off-grid households with electricity

If the old adage is true and necessity is the mother of invention, then ingenuity must surely be the father...

By Patrick Greene 23 Mar 2018

World's carbon emissions on the rise again: IEA
World's carbon emissions on the rise again: IEA

Harmful carbon emissions from energy rose in 2017 for the first time in three years, the International Energy Agency said on Thursday, 22 March, proof that the world's efforts to fight climate change are falling short...

23 Mar 2018

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R37.5m biorefinery facility launched in Durban to extract maximum value from biomass waste

In a first for South Africa, the government has launched a R37.5m biorefinery facility in Durban. The facility will support innovation in a range of industries, including forestry, agro-processing and other biomass-based industries...

22 Mar 2018

Community solar innovation recognised during 2018 SEED SA Symposium
Community solar innovation recognised during 2018 SEED SA Symposium

The winners of the Hogan Lovells Community Solar Innovation Awards 2017 were announced on Thursday, 15 March, during the 2018 SEED South Africa Symposium in Pretoria...

16 Mar 2018

Biofuel from sugarcane: Why is SA not rushing ahead?
Biofuel from sugarcane: Why is SA not rushing ahead?

No other agricultural crop produced in South Africa has such potential to create a healthier, greener planet while creating employment, reducing dependence on petrol and lowering carbon dioxide emissions...

By Chris Ward 16 Mar 2018

Is there something more sinister behind the latest PPA delay?
Is there something more sinister behind the latest PPA delay?

The much-anticipated signing of South Africa's renewables power purchase agreements (PPAs) has once again been delayed. This time by an application for an interdict to prevent the contracts being concluded...

By Nicci Botha 14 Mar 2018

Is South Africa's energy programme green for go?
Is South Africa's energy programme green for go?

Although we have heard similar statements in the past from the Department of Energy, the statement from Minister Radebe last week on the status of the South African energy programmes went further...

By Kieran Whyte 14 Mar 2018

Radebe nails down date for signing renewables deal
Radebe nails down date for signing renewables deal

Energy minister, Jeff Radebe, said the renewable energy projects that have been on hold for two years will be signed next week...

9 Mar 2018

Brenda Martin, CEO: Sawea
Time to revitalise SA's renewables sector

The continued decline in global renewables prices should be a clarion call for South Africa to revitalise its large-scale renewables industry, and grow its green economy industrial base...

7 Mar 2018

President of the Fraunhofer Gesellschaft, Professor Reimund Neugebauer, Dr Christopher Helbing, director: Division of Hydrogen Technologies, Fraunhofer ISE, Professor Jack Fletcher, Department of Chemical Engineering and UCT Vice-Chancellor, Dr Max Price.
UCT and Fraunhofer Institute sign MoU on hydrogen and fuel cell technology

UCT and the Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems ISE have signed an MoU to collaborate on hydrogen and fuel cell technology...

7 Mar 2018

CT launches landfill gas flaring project
CT launches landfill gas flaring project

Late last week saw the official launch of the Cape Town Department of Solid Waste Management's landfill gas flaring project at the Coastal Park landfill facility...

5 Mar 2018

Jeff Radebe, minister of energy. Photo: Wikipedia
Stakeholders pin hope on Radebe to clean up energy sector

Stakeholders in the energy sector are optimistic that veteran cabinet minister, Jeff Radebe, can untangle the mess left behind by his predecessors and set the sector to rights...

1 Mar 2018

#DesignIndaba2018: Be inspired by problems in Africa
#DesignIndaba2018: Be inspired by problems in Africa

Design Indaba showcased the work of Leroy Mawasaru, a Kenyan teenager who is changing the world and showing how Afrofuturism can unfold for the continent...

By Louise Marsland 26 Feb 2018

#Budget2018: Nuclear deal proves a damp squib, while renewables reignite
#Budget2018: Nuclear deal proves a damp squib, while renewables reignite

In a media briefing prior to his Budget Speech, Finance Minister, Malusi Gigaba, confirmed that the nuclear deal is off the table for now because the country simply cannot afford it...

22 Feb 2018

Tackling climate change in the month of love (and all year round)
Tackling climate change in the month of love (and all year round)

This month, we're highlighting businesses showing their love for planet Earth through strategically implemented shared value. It's time for businesses to take responsibility and make climate action a priority...

By Kim Wainer, Issued by Shift Social Development 19 Feb 2018

Looking through semi-transparent cells – one day these could be big enough to make windows. UNSW, author provided
Semi-transparent solar cells: A window to the future?

Can you see a window as you are reading this article?

By Matthew Wright and Mushfika Baishakhi Upama 15 Feb 2018

Brenda Martin, CEO: South African Wind Energy Association
Long-awaited renewable PPAs back on track

After a delay of two years, Minister of Public Enterprises, Lynne Brown, has finally given Eskom the green light to sign the outstanding power purchase agreements (PPAs) with renewable power producers...

5 Feb 2018

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Metro calls for investment in innovative solar power project

The Nelson Mandela Bay municipality is planning to embark on an electricity generation project that will see selected consumers across the metro equipped with solar panels - at no cost to either party...

By Odette Parfitt 30 Jan 2018

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