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How we should be fighting Eskom's massive debt
How we should be fighting Eskom's massive debtArticle

The effective end of South Africa's Covid-19 lockdown has been compounded by the resumption of rolling blackouts, or load shedding to use the government's double speak...

7 Sep 2020

Ntombifuthi Ntuli, CEO, Sawea
Renewable energy sector engages with DMREArticle

Energy sector stakeholders recently met with Minister Gwede Mantashe, in what is viewed as a significant step towards the sector forging a positive relationship with the DMRE based on trust and improved communications...

27 Jul 2020

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

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

Cookhouse Windfarm
Renewables unlock economy opportunitiesArticle

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

Gwede Mantashe
#Windaba2019: IRP will bring certaintyArticle

There will be certainty about the country's energy mix after the long-awaited Integrated Resource Plan (IRP) is presented to cabinet next week,

Nicci Botha 9 Oct 2019

Francesca de Gasparis, Safcei executive director
Call for more vigilance in energy procurement projectsArticle

Major energy procurement projects need independent oversight at all stages - pre-procurement, procurement and post-procurement - to prevent further state capture...

21 Aug 2019

Ntombifuthi Ntuli
Creating a decentralised power generation modelArticle

It's time to relook at how energy is supplied in South Africa and to evolve and adapt the country's outdated system...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

Image: Kouga Wind Farm
Renewables are here to stay: RadebeArticle

The current challenges faced by Eskom "would have been worse", were it not for the contribution from renewable energy independent power producers, according Energy Minister, Jeff Radebe...

17 Apr 2019

GSF helps spur transformation with bursaries for students from disadvantaged communities
GSF helps spur transformation with bursaries for students from disadvantaged communitiesArticle

Having launched in 2014, the Globeleq Scholarship Fund (GSF) is responsible for 25% of all renewable energy funded-scholarships...

9 Apr 2019

Andrew Kenny
Why solar and wind power are ruinously expensiveArticle

South Africa faces an energy calamity on two fronts. First is the disaster of Eskom. Second, and potentially worse, is the disaster of our REIPPPP and our lunatic IRP 2018 (Integrated Resource Plan)....

Andrew Kenny 18 Mar 2019

Wind turbines signal revitalisation of green tech SEZ
Wind turbines signal revitalisation of green tech SEZArticle

The wind turbine tower sections for the 140MW Kangnas Wind Farm are being manufactured at Atlantis om Cape Town's West Coast...

7 Mar 2019

Energy Minister, Jeff Radebe
IPP tender process is fair, open and transparentArticle

The tender process and the awarding of renewable energy Independent Power Producers (IPPs) contracts have no room for favouritism...

25 Feb 2019

Webb Meko, Black & Veatch sub-Saharan Africa business development director,
Renewables will help power the futureArticle

South Africa's 2018 Integrated Resource Plan (IRP) is evidence that the country is committed to producing clean energy - placing emphasis on renewable energy and gas resources...

14 Jan 2019

Tourism Minister, Derek Hanekom
SA increasing efforts on climate changeArticle

South Africa is scaling-up its current ambitious efforts to address climate change, says Tourism Minister Derek Hanekom...

13 Dec 2018

Privatisation, productivity and the potential of mini grids
Privatisation, productivity and the potential of mini gridsArticle

To continue on the economic growth trajectory many African countries find themselves on, they need reliable, sustainable sources of energy. However, the continent finds itself trailing behind other emerging markets...

26 Nov 2018

SA energy the dirtiest in the G20, report says
SA energy the dirtiest in the G20, report saysArticle

The University of Cape Town's annual Brown to Green Report found that South Africa has the highest emission intensity in the G20 power sector...

16 Nov 2018

Jeff Radebe, minister of energy
DoE to open fifth renewables bidding windowArticle

A fifth bidding window, worth R40-50bn, will be launched later this year as part of the Department of Energy's (DoE) REIPPPP...

1 Jun 2018

South Africa to get $73m towards three wind farms
South Africa to get $73m towards three wind farmsArticle

Miga, a member of the World Bank Group, will be investing $73m in support of the construction, operation and maintenance of three wind farms in South Africa, namely, Noupoort, Khobab, and Loeriesfontein 2...

10 May 2018

Marubini Raphulu, CEO of Hulisani
The inevitable benefits of renewablesArticle

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

Marubini Raphulu 6 Apr 2018

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

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

Is nuke deal behind Eskom's filibusting on renewable PPAs?
Is nuke deal behind Eskom's filibusting on renewable PPAs?Article

The oh-so-delayed signing of PPAs between Eskom and renewable power producers has been postponed again...

Nicci Botha 11 Apr 2017

Public opinion could shape the IRP2016
Public opinion could shape the IRP2016Article

Public comment on the IRP2016 is expected to include valuable insights from the energy sector as well as the broader public...

30 Mar 2017

IPPs could go out of business, Treasury warns Eskom
IPPs could go out of business, Treasury warns EskomArticle

Eskom's delay in signing power purchase agreements with renewable IPPs could result in manufacturers going out of business...

27 Feb 2017

Max Edkins, climate change and communications expert at the World Bank’s Connect4Climate programme
Time to tell SA's renewable energy storyArticle

With South Africa's energy mix currently being decided and debated, experts and leaders in this space believe the time to champion renewable energy is now...

5 Dec 2016

Max Edkins
Getting the renewables success story out thereArticle

With South Africa's energy mix currently being decided, renewables experts believe it's time to convert a general awareness about green energy into tangible action...

5 Dec 2016

Source: Solar Capital
Solar costs at an all-time low, despite what Eskom claimsArticle

Cost and climate change has put the spotlight on renewable energy, but are these solutions realistic and affordable?...

Nicci Botha 27 Oct 2016

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#InnovationMonth: Crowdfunding and solar energy, powering the world with techArticle

The Sun Exchange is a digital currency, crowd-investing platform designed to fund solar energy in the developing world...

Nicci Botha 1 Sep 2016

How the proposed carbon tax law (and offsets) will work
How the proposed carbon tax law (and offsets) will workArticle

The draft Carbon Tax Bill sets out the framework on taxing on greenhouse gas emissions, as well as relief such as offsets...

26 Jul 2016

Government punts its progress on 9-point plan
Government punts its progress on 9-point planArticle

Nenegate and the subsequent fallout did have a positive spin-off in that it forced government, big business and labour to play nicely and come up with a plan...

21 Jun 2016

Mike Mulcahy
Green tech hub predicts R1bn investment boostArticle

Continued cooperation between local, provincial and national government could see an additional R1bn in direct investment pumped into a proposed green technology SEZ...

30 May 2016

Power producers to contribute 7,000MW
Power producers to contribute 7,000MWArticle

The contribution of independent power producers under the Renewable Energy Independent Power Producers Programme (REIPPP) is expected to grow to about 7,000MW...

12 May 2016

Mechanised vehicles to be handed over to e-waste collectors
Mechanised vehicles to be handed over to e-waste collectorsArticle

Environmental Affairs Minister Edna Molewa says the department will hand over more mechanised vehicles to registered e-waste collectors...

4 May 2016

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Woolies tops list of renewable energy retailersArticle

Woolworths took top honours in a ranking of the commitments of SA's five biggest retailers to renewable energy compiled by environment lobby group Greenpeace Africa, while rival Shoprite Group was last...

Charlotte Mathews 19 Apr 2016

Mulilo-Sonnedix-Prieska PV project nearly complete
Mulilo-Sonnedix-Prieska PV project nearly completeArticle

The 125ha solar Mulilo-Sonnedix-Prieska PV project, valued at R1.3bn and situated 50km south-west of Prieska in the Northern Cape, is nearing completion. The project, said to be on schedule and on budget, will connect to the grid in the third quarter of this year...

5 Apr 2016

Largest solar farm in southern hemisphere launched
Largest solar farm in southern hemisphere launchedArticle

Late last week, Minister of Energy Tina Joemat-Pettersson inaugurated the 175MW Solar Capital facility based in De Aar, Northern Cape...

22 Mar 2016

Solar power supply hots up
Solar power supply hots upArticle

R5 billion concentrated solar plant opens in Northern Cape...

18 Mar 2016

R5bn solar plant opens in Northern Cape
R5bn solar plant opens in Northern CapeArticle

The R5bn Bokpoort concentrated solar plant (CSP) has officially been launched in Groblershoop, Northern Cape...

16 Mar 2016

Use of biogas has not reached full potential
Use of biogas has not reached full potentialArticle

Hilde Herman, of EES Africa, says renewable energy - in the form of biogas generated from anaerobic digestion - has not nearly reached its full potential in South Africa...

11 Feb 2016

Investment in renewable energy ideal for pension funds
Investment in renewable energy ideal for pension fundsArticle

The renewable energy sector is forging ahead and generating growth with total investments in the alternative energy sector now standing at more than R200bn...

28 Oct 2015

SAIREC: the importance of renewable energy
SAIREC: the importance of renewable energyArticle

Over 3,500 delegates from 82 countries gathered in Cape Town for the South African International Renewable Energy Conference (SAIREC), which took place from 4 to 7 October...

Priya Pitamber 8 Oct 2015

Minister announces 10 small-scale IPPs
Minister announces 10 small-scale IPPsArticle

Energy Minister Tina Joemat-Pettersson has announced the ten preferred bidders in the department's Small Projects Renewable Energy Independent Power Producers (IPPs) Programme...

6 Oct 2015

Concentrated solar power a better alternative for Africa
Concentrated solar power a better alternative for AfricaArticle

In recent years, we have seen a global move towards the use of renewable energy, in particular photovoltaic (PV) solar energy. However, PV generation is not necessarily the obvious choice for Africa...

Matthew Coulson 18 Sep 2015

NERSA to hold renewable energy hearings
NERSA to hold renewable energy hearingsArticle

The National Energy Regulator of South Africa (NERSA) will hold public hearings on the renewable energy power plant license applications next week...

3 Sep 2015

Biomass renewable energy can ensure a sustainable future
Biomass renewable energy can ensure a sustainable futureArticle

South Africa's Renewable Energy Independent Power Producers Procurement Programme (REIPPPP) has made great strides and been lauded a success by renewable energy (RE) industry players the world over...

15 May 2015

AfriCoast Engineers SA establishes renewable energy company
AfriCoast Engineers SA establishes renewable energy companyArticle

Renewable energy engineering firm AfriCoast Engineers SA has announced that a new company, AfriCoast Energy, will now be responsible for all future renewable energy projects...

12 Feb 2015

SA seeks to stimulate investment in electricity sector
SA seeks to stimulate investment in electricity sectorArticle

South Africa is looking at ways to encourage investment in its electricity sector, as well as find ways to unlock investment potential, says Finance Minister Nhlanhla Nene...

23 Jan 2015

Non-essential assets identified for Eskom
Non-essential assets identified for EskomArticle

Non-essential assets which are to be sold off in order to raise money for funding for Eskom have been identified, Public Enterprises Minister Lynne Brown has said...

21 Nov 2014

Renewable energy sector is key to SA job creation
Renewable energy sector is key to SA job creationArticle

The announcement by the World Bank at the recent G20 Labour and Employment Ministerial Meeting that 600 million jobs will need to be created by 2030 in order to support the expanding global population is cause for major concern.

17 Oct 2014

New 'generation star' Matona to keeps lights on
New 'generation star' Matona to keeps lights onArticle

The Director General of the Department of Public Enterprises (DPE) Tshediso Matona is Eskom's new Chief Executive Officer and his appointment has been confirmed by Public Enterprises Minister Lynne Brown.

21 Aug 2014

Solar panel production plant launched in Cape Town
Solar panel production plant launched in Cape TownArticle

CAPE TOWN: Western Cape Premier Helen Zille says the opening of a solar panel manufacturing plant in Cape Town is good for job creation and has the potential to create secondary industries.

6 Aug 2014

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