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Senegal on the cusp of an energy renaissance

After decades of struggles against a deficient power generation system, Senegal is now at the verge of a paradigmatic shift that could put many of its troubles to rest...

By Sebastian Wagner 8 Aug 2019

Electricity pylon. Wikimedia Commons
Lessons to be learnt from Ghana's excess electricity shambles

Access to energy plays a critical role in economic development. But bad government policies have affected energy security in many developing countries...

By Samuel Asumadu Sarkodie 5 Aug 2019

SA's maturing green energy sector attractive for investors
SA's maturing green energy sector attractive for investors

Since government launched the Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer Procurement Programme (REIPPPP) in 2011, green power projects have become increasingly appealing investments...

25 Jul 2019

Karen Breytenbach
IPPO's Breytenbach dismissed: Is this another case of politicking?

The head of the Independent Power Producers Office (IPPO), Karen Breytenbach, has been given her marching orders...

24 Jul 2019

3 steps towards 'glass boxing' your company with a Biz Press Office
3 steps towards 'glass boxing' your company with a Biz Press Office

Since 2001, Bizcommunity anticipated the role of company culture as intellectual capital. Biz Press Offices are a "glass box" game changer, offering a window into 18 industry communities...

Issued by Bizcommunity.com 23 Jul 2019

Kangnas Wind Farm celebrates first turbine lift
Kangnas Wind Farm celebrates first turbine lift

The first wind turbine lifting is a pivotal point in the construction of the wind farm, with the next major construction milestone being the arrival of the main transformer and the energisation of the substation...

23 Jul 2019

South Africa’s agriculture and food production industries are exempt from the carbon tax - for now. Shutterstock
South Africa's carbon tax matters - for the economy and tackling climate change

Carbon tax is likely to be an effective way of mitigating greenhouse gas emissions, which lead to climate change and have negative consequences for human life...

By Mmatlou Kalaba & Heinrich Bohlmann 19 Jul 2019

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Vast subsidies keeping the fossil fuel industry afloat should be put to better use

Capitalism has often been identified as the underlying cause of the climate crisis...

By Alex Lenferna 16 Jul 2019

World's largest single-site solar project begins commercial operations
World's largest single-site solar project begins commercial operations

Abu Dhabi's new solar plant project has recently started its commercial operations as scheduled at Sweihan in Abu Dhabi...

12 Jul 2019

John Defterios
India's energy challenge

It is big, fast growing, with a young population and a middle class that is nearly as big as the entire US population...

By John Defterios 10 Jul 2019

Joe Keenan, CEO of BME
Evolving technology will change the face of mining

The modern world has seen services like electricity and motorised transport become available across all societies...

By Joe Keenan 8 Jul 2019

Sawea calls for finalised Integrated Resource Plan
Sawea calls for finalised Integrated Resource Plan

Pressure for the Integrated Resource Plan (IRP) to be released is mounting across all energy technologies, because a clear roadmap is essential to investor certainty, over a multi-decade time horizon...

5 Jul 2019

Beyond the Grid Fund for Zambia wins 2019 Ashden Award
Beyond the Grid Fund for Zambia wins 2019 Ashden Award

The Sweden-funded Beyond the Grid Fund for Zambia (BGFZ) programme has won the 2019 Ashden Award in the category of Innovative Finance...

4 Jul 2019

Renewable energy, the key to sustainable agriculture in SA
Renewable energy, the key to sustainable agriculture in SA

In South Africa access to reliable and affordable power is becoming increasingly problematic, resulting in farmers switching to alternative power sources from renewable energy...

3 Jul 2019

A worker makes coal chips for combustion in Calcutta. India’s demand for energy is growing fast. EPA/PIYAL ADHIKARY
Retire all existing and planned fossil fuel power plants to limit warming to 1.5°C

It will be very difficult to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by enough to halt global heating at 1.5°C - the threshold at which catastrophic climate change becomes more likely...

By Marcelle McManus 3 Jul 2019

SA's green tech startups rebooting the green economy
SA's green tech startups rebooting the green economy

South Africa presents potentially lucrative opportunities for US firms involved in green building technologies...

By Terry Billson 2 Jul 2019

Aerial view of Kariba dam. Dmitriy Kandinskiy/Shutterstock
Quick-fix solutions to Zimbabwe's huge electricity crisis

Zimbabwe's government has announced its facing critical power shortfalls. The country's anchor power producer, Kariba Dam, might have to stop production in weeks due to dropping water levels...

By Moina Spooner 2 Jul 2019

Perdekraal East foundations completed
Foundations completed at Perdekraal East Wind Farm

The foundations for all 48 of Perdekraal East Wind Farm's turbines have been completed, a full three weeks ahead of schedule.

27 Jun 2019

Conduit hydropower - A shift towards sustainable, alternative energy
Conduit hydropower - A shift towards sustainable, alternative energy

The country's 278 municipalities and various water-supply utilities all have pressure-dissipating stations in their water distribution systems where hydropower may be generated...

Issued by Enterprises University of Pretoria 25 Jun 2019

Black plastic can't be recycled - but we've just found a way to use the carbon in renewable energy
Black plastic can't be recycled - but we've just found a way to use the carbon in renewable energy

The big problem with plastics is that though they last for a very long time, most are thrown away after only one use...

By Alvin Orbaek White 18 Jun 2019

Bhavtik Vallabhjee
Power projects need a clear regulatory framework and stable environment

A clear, predictable and supportive regulatory framework backed by a stable investment environment will be key to attract investors and funders to renewable energy and power projects...

13 Jun 2019

Seychelles floating solar energy project moves into next phase
Seychelles floating solar energy project moves into next phase

Africa's first utility-scale, private-sector funded floating solar project is continuing in the Seychelles on to its next implementation phase...

13 Jun 2019

Mohamed Cassoojee
Enterprise applications are core to the renewal of South Africa's energy sector

New trends in energy storage, small-scale embedded generation, and smart grid systems are disrupting the power sector, a trend that will accelerate in South Africa with the recent lifting of licence restraints on power plants....

12 Jun 2019

What renewable energy and home improvement have in common
What renewable energy and home improvement have in common

Should renewable energy developers invest in vocational training? Job creation? Home repair? The answer, based on best practice in emerging markets around the world, is unequivocally yes...

By Bertrand de la Borde 12 Jun 2019

Stephen Barnes
Africa's energy landscape transitions to base load-capable renewables

The advent of renewables, new storage technologies present Africa's utilities with an opportunity to increase capacity and efficiency while re-kindling their appeal to investors...

11 Jun 2019

Complementing and offsetting energy opportunities for the South African water sector
Complementing and offsetting energy opportunities for the South African water sector

The South African water sector is dependent on one source of electricity supply which makes it vulnerable to load shedding, shortage of supply and increasing steep tariffs...

By Dr John Ngoni Zvimba 11 Jun 2019

Ntombifuthi Ntuli
Creating a decentralised power generation model

It's time to relook at how energy is supplied in South Africa and to evolve and adapt the country's outdated system...

10 Jun 2019

Tim Frankish, managing director, Solar Saver
Solar power makes strides in innovation

The transformation of the world's energy markets continues to gain momentum. Renewable energy projects, which have seen a rapid decline in cost over the last decade, are increasingly powering the world's large economies...

6 Jun 2019

Montego invests R22m in solar power
Montego invests R22m in solar power

Montego Pet Nutrition will reduce its annual electricity demand at its Graaff-Reinet-based production facility by 1.4-million kWh after recently completing a R22m solar plant project at the site...

4 Jun 2019

Gwede Mantashe
Mixed reactions to Mantashe's two hats

Reactions to Gwede Mantashe's new combined cabinet portfolio of mining and energy have been mixed, with some saying it will be good for restoring investor confidence and others believing it will be a blow the country's climate change commitments...

3 Jun 2019

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