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Kangnas' turbines in place ahead of schedule
Kangnas' turbines in place ahead of schedule

All 61 turbine installations at Kangnas Wind Farm have been completed two weeks ahead of schedule...

20 Mar 2020

Ntombifuthi Ntuli, CEO of Sawea
CTF losses PPA appeal

The Supreme Court of Appeal has dismissed the case brought by the Coal Transporters Forum (CTF) to set aside power purchase agreements (PPA's) with preferred bidders...

16 Mar 2020

Dr Angela Wilkinson, secretary general of the World Energy Council
Are we heading for a modern jazz, unfinished symphony or hard rock energy transition?

There is no one-size-fits-all solution with energy transition, but we also don't need to reinvent the wheel every time, says Dr Angela Wilkinson, the World Energy Council (WEC) secretary general and CEO...

By Nicci Botha 9 Mar 2020

The view looking east across the West Coast with the village of Paternoster in the foreground. The recently approved Boulders Wind farm will stand on the hills in the background, directly in this view. Photo: John Yeld
Wind farm says massive new rival could cost it "hundreds of millions" in lost energy

An existing wind farm is crying foul after the government last month gave the conditional go-ahead for a massive new wind farm project on an adjoining property on the West Coast Peninsula near Vredenburg...

By John Yeld 19 Feb 2020

Landmark investment secured for 60MW Djibouti Wind Farm Project
Landmark investment secured for 60MW Djibouti Wind Farm Project

Djibouti's electricity demand is expected to considerably increase due to various large-scale infrastructure projects including ports, free trade zones...

14 Feb 2020

Cape Town sought court intervention to buy electricity from independent power producers. Image source: Getty/Gallo
#Sona20: Ramaphosa confirms own use generation plan

In his State of the Nation Address (Sona), President Cyril Ramaphosa confirmed that the regulatory environment is to be changed in order to facilitate uncapped commercial and industrial distributed generation for own use....

14 Feb 2020

AfDB provides multi-million-dollar grant to boost renewable energy access in Liberia
AfDB provides multi-million-dollar grant to boost renewable energy access in Liberia

The AfDB has approved a $34.74m grant and loan to boost renewable energy access and promote an attractive investment climate in Liberia...

12 Feb 2020

Togo breaks ground on West Africa's largest solar PV project
Togo breaks ground on West Africa's largest solar PV project

Togo broke ground on its 50MW Mohamed Bin Zayed Photovoltaic Solar Power Complex in Blitta this month...

6 Feb 2020

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Petrol price to come down in February

The petrol price will come down by 13 cents a litre this week...

4 Feb 2020

Image source: Getty/Gallo
Africa's renewable revolution

Africa's abundant clean energy resources, coupled with new investments in renewable energy technologies, have spearheaded Africa into a clean energy revolution...

29 Jan 2020

Most proposed solutions don’t address the systemic problems facing Eskom, in particular its parlous finances. Shutterstock
South Africa's energy crisis has triggered lots of ideas: why most are wrong

Since late last year South Africans have, once again, been subjected to power cuts by the power utility, Eskom. The need for what's called loadshedding - planned power outages - led to the recent resignation of Eskom's chairperson and a flurry of concern about the current and future reliability of electricity supply...

By Seán Mfundza Muller & Mike Muller 23 Jan 2020

Ntombifuthi Ntuli, CEO, Sawea
Sawea welcomes market-friendly approach

The South African Wind Energy Association (Sawea) supports the proposed market-friendly approach to the country's constrained energy supply, but strongly states that implementing the IRP 2019 should remain an imperative...

22 Jan 2020

The Department of Environment, Forestry and Fisheries (DEFF) has conditionally approved the Boulders wind farm project. Image from the Final Environmental Impact Assessment Report by CES (copied for fair use).
Huge West Coast wind farm approved

The government has approved in principle the huge Boulders wind farm project on the West Coast peninsula near Paternoster, St Helena Bay and Vredenburg...

By John Yeld 22 Jan 2020

Seydou Kane, managing director, Eaton South Africa
Effective storage solutions essential to a successful Eskom turnaround

The Integrated Resource Plan (IRP) gazetted in October 2019 emphasises that South Africa will continue to pursue a diversified energy mix that reduces reliance on limited primary energy resources...

By Seydou Kane 21 Jan 2020

Wind energy company powering skills development work
Wind energy company powering skills development work

South Africa is thankfully moving towards cleaner energy with Cabinet's latest approved 2019 Integrated Resource Plan (IRP). This IRP outlines wind power contribution to the future energy mix of 18%...

Issued by SAICA 20 Jan 2020

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China's investment in Africa's mineral resources

When it comes to energy, it's not just the traditional advocates of renewable energy that are leading the way, it is the world's major emerging economies such as China and India that are driving this clean energy transition...

20 Jan 2020

Mark Lacey, head of commodities, Schroders
Energy transition forecast: Sunny with a chance of strong wind

The global energy transition is the transformation of the world's energy supply, away from polluting sources such as coal, oil and gas, and towards renewables. Potentially, this is a $120trn investment opportunity over the next 30 years...

By Mark Lacey 15 Jan 2020

How politics and poverty affect electricity provision in Zimbabwe
How politics and poverty affect electricity provision in Zimbabwe

Zimbabwe's economic challenges are numerous, but one of the most pressing is electricity scarcity. Around 40% of the country's population has access to electricity...

By Ellen Fungisai Chipango 15 Jan 2020

Professor Bernard Bladergroen
Better batteries: Energy storage can fight load shedding and develop South Africa

With the ongoing strain on South Africa's electricity grid, and the growing use of renewable energy to mitigate climate change, there is a clear need for reliable and cost-effective energy storage solutions...

By Nicklaus Kruger 13 Jan 2020

#BizTrends2020: SA's transition to a cleaner, greener economy
#BizTrends2020: SA's transition to a cleaner, greener economy

South Africa is taking strides towards transitioning to a cleaner green economy, with the country's approved 2019 Integrated Resource Plan (IRP) being gazetted...

By Ntombifuthi Ntuli 9 Jan 2020

Malawi solar energy project to add 46MW to local power supply
Malawi solar energy project to add 46MW to local power supply

After attracting $67m in investment, one of Malawi's first solar projects has reached financial close...

27 Dec 2019

AfDB-managed fund grants $1m to support Burundi solar-hydro hybrid project
AfDB-managed fund grants $1m to support Burundi solar-hydro hybrid project

The African Development Bank-managed Sustainable Energy Fund for Africa (SEFA) has approved a $990,000 grant to support the preparation of a 9MW solar-hydro hybrid project in Burundi...

24 Dec 2019

Huge West Coast wind project generates strongly opposing views
Huge West Coast wind project generates strongly opposing views

The government is due to announce its decision on a massive new wind energy project on the West Coast within the next two weeks...

By John Yeld 18 Dec 2019

#BestofBiz 2019: Energy & Mining
#BestofBiz 2019: Energy & Mining

We've compiled our annual #BestofBiz 2019 lists across all our industries featuring our most popular articles, most-read contributors and brand press offices with the most views...

17 Dec 2019

Cape Town seeks emergency hearing due to load-shedding crisis
Cape Town seeks emergency hearing due to load-shedding crisis

The City of Cape Town will request permission from the Judge President of the Gauteng High Court for an expedited hearing on its energy case, Cape Town's Acting Executive Mayor, Alderman Ian Neilson, has announced...

11 Dec 2019

Electric cars might not yet be green, but we should buy them anyway
Electric cars might not yet be green, but we should buy them anyway

Our power plants may be dirty now. But unlike combustion vehicles, electric cars give us the chance to finally free ourselves from high-carbon travel...

By Ranald Boydell 3 Dec 2019

Using solar energy to contribute to SA's national electricity grid
Using solar energy to contribute to SA's national electricity grid

There is a notable opportunity for large farming operations to significantly reduce their energy spend and further ease strain on the national electricity grid...

2 Dec 2019

Construction on track at Paardekraal East Wind Farm
Construction on track at Paardekraal East Wind Farm

Perdekraal East Wind Farm is on track to start its commercial operations at the end of July 2020 as planned...

25 Nov 2019

Cookhouse Windfarm
Renewables unlock economy opportunities

As South Africa's energy sector transitions from high dependency on coal for electricity production to clean energy sources such as wind and solar PV, there are several growth opportunities that can be realised in the economy...

21 Nov 2019

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