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Wind and solar power need to be adopted more quickly to avoid fossil gas traps
Wind and solar power need to be adopted more quickly to avoid fossil gas trapsArticle

Many of Africa's leading economies have yet to harness the potential of wind and solar power, which are now amongst the cheapest forms of new electricity...

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RES4Africa presents new study in support of SA energy reformArticle

RES4Africa Foundation, in cooperation with CESI S.p.A., has released the Fostering RE within an Independent Network System scenario...

30 Apr 2021

Ntombifuthi Ntuli, CEO, Sawea
A case for net zero carbon economyArticle

South Africa's Low Emission Development Strategy, backed by President Cyril Ramaphosa, was formulated last year and commits to moving towards a goal of net zero carbon emissions by 2050...

Ntombifuthi Ntuli 28 Apr 2021

Ethiopian protestors march down 42nd Street in New York during a “It’s my Dam” protest on March 11, 2021. Photo by TIMOTHY A. CLARY/AFP via Getty Images
Solar and wind power could break the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam deadlockArticle

For several years, political tensions between Ethiopia, Sudan and Egypt have been escalating in a conflict over the near-complete Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (Gerd)...

Sebastian Sterl 19 Apr 2021

Wind energy needs to triple to reach net zero by 2050
Wind energy needs to triple to reach net zero by 2050Article

With 93GW - a 53 per cent year-on-year increase - of new capacity installed, 2020 was the best year in history for the global wind industry, but...

29 Mar 2021

How going green could help maintain rentals as energy costs rise
How going green could help maintain rentals as energy costs riseArticle

With Eskom set to hike electricity tariffs by 15.63% from April, commercial and retail tenants will be bracing for increased strain on already tightly stretched budgets...

Gregg Huntingford 5 Mar 2021

Renewables, energy storage and the future of smart cities
Renewables, energy storage and the future of smart citiesArticle

'Smart cities' are no longer considered to be just a buzzword; they are a topic of constant conversation, and they've already...

Seydou Kane 27 Jan 2021

Kipeto wind farm
Kipeto wind power project adds 100MW to Kenya's national gridArticle

Kipeto wind farm has been connected to Kenya's national grid and will start generating power in the next week...

25 Jan 2021

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REDZ and their role in a just energy transitionArticle

Renewable Energy Development Zones (REDZ) have a key role to play in the South Africa's just energy transition, creating priority areas for investment in the electricity grid and increasing South Africa's green energy map...

18 Jan 2021

Excelsior Wind Farm
Excelsior Wind Farm starts operationsArticle

The 33MW Excelsior Wind Energy Facility, in the Western Cape, successfully achieved its commercial operations on 23 December 2020...

8 Jan 2021

Verreaux’s Black Eagle flying high. Author supplied/Megan Murgatroyd
Finding space for both wind farms and eagles in South AfricaArticle

Energy generation around the world is shifting towards renewable sources in response to the climate emergency. The aim is that future energy will be clean, green and sustainable...

Megan Murgatroyd & Arjun Amar 7 Jan 2021

Huge 'battery warehouses' could be the energy stores of the future
Huge 'battery warehouses' could be the energy stores of the futureArticle

One of the world's largest battery storage projects will be built on the banks of the River Thames in Essex, after the UK government recently granted permission...

Andrew Cruden 28 Dec 2020

AfDB approves funding for medium-scale independent power producers in SSA
AfDB approves funding for medium-scale independent power producers in SSAArticle

The African Development Bank last week approved $15m from the Sustainable Energy Fund for Africa (SEFA) and $10m from the Clean Technology Fund (CTF) to advance the African Renewable Energy Fund (AREF) II's projects...

21 Dec 2020

#BestofBiz 2020: Energy & Mining
#BestofBiz 2020: Energy & MiningArticle

What a year 2020 has been! So, we've curated the year's most popular articles, most-read contributors and brand press offices with the most views on Bizcommunity's Energy & Mining platform into our #BestofBiz2020 list...

14 Dec 2020

Grid-scale battery storage - a reality or not?
Grid-scale battery storage - a reality or not?Article

Grid-scale battery storage could change the power situation in South Africa in many positive ways...

Menno Sulsters 4 Dec 2020

Renewable energy remains the most cost effective option for building new power capacity. Image source: Getty/Gallo
No economic growth without a reliable power supply, says De RuyterArticle

Although load shedding is likely to remain on South Africa's radar for the foreseeable future, Eskom chief executive officer, Andre de Ruyter promises it will be significantly reduced by September 2021...

25 Nov 2020

Sere wind farm. Photo: Eskom
Improved battery technology vital to renewables marketArticle

Renewable energy will make up almost half of sub-Saharan Africa's power generation growth by 2040. The uptake is largely because of improved technology, greater regulations promoting access and massive reductions in cost...

6 Nov 2020

Wind power grows despite Covid-19
Wind power grows despite Covid-19Article

Wind power will continue to show record growth over the next five years despite the impacts of the Covid-19 crisis, and will make a crucial contribution to economic recovery...

5 Nov 2020

Ntombifuthi Ntuli, CEO, Sawea
Wind energy industry set to grow in next decadeArticle

With the installed capacity of almost 2GW already operational and an additional 1.4 GW in final stages of construction, the South African wind industry is certainly ready to expand its growth into the next decade...

26 Oct 2020

Perdekraal East Wind Farm
First BW4 wind farm to start commercial operationsArticle

South Africa's first bid window four wind farm, part of government's Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer Procurement Programme (REIPPPP), has announced its commercial operations date...

8 Oct 2020

Sawea, Sapvia launch skills development programme
Sawea, Sapvia launch skills development programmeArticle

Two of the renewable sector's representative bodies have collaborated to launch an innovative programme to drive change, enhance the local skills base and ensure South Africa reaps the full benefits of a decarbonised economy...

22 Sep 2020

Zuneid Yousuf, chairman, African Green Resources.
Why the mining sector is vital to green industryArticle

Back in May 2019, the World Bank launched its Climate-Smart Mining initiative. It was the first fund dedicated to making mining for minerals climate-smart and sustainable...

Zuneid Yousuf 17 Sep 2020

The West Coast One wind farm near Vredenburg has operated since 2015. Environment minister Barbara Creecy says the wake effect on this facility of a proposed new neighbouring wind farm must be investigated before it can also be approved. Photo: John Yeld
Creecy upholds appeal against giant West Coast wind farmArticle

It is back to the drawing board for a giant new wind farm project on the West Coast, following an appeal decision by Environment Minister Barbara Creecy...

John Yeld 9 Sep 2020

Katherine Persson, Mamoso May, Hlengiwe Radebe and Wendy Parsons
#WomensMonth: Grab the opportunities of a new industryArticle

The renewable energy field is relatively young and presents great opportunities for women to take up spaces in numerous roles within the industry - from development to technical and even operations management...

31 Aug 2020

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Digitalisation and Africa's renewable energy sector post-CovidArticle

Clean energy and the innovative technologies that accompany it, represent a critical catalyst for the continent's economic recovery from the Covid pandemic, ultimately making a prominent mark on Africa's energy sector in a post-Covid world...

4 Aug 2020

Creecy poised for West Coast wind farm decision
Creecy poised for West Coast wind farm decisionArticle

A recommendation by department officials on whether to uphold appeals against a massive wind farm project proposed for the West Coast Peninsula was due to have landed on the desk of...

John Yeld 31 Jul 2020

Kenya's internet balloons could help to bridge the digital divide
Kenya's internet balloons could help to bridge the digital divideArticle

Kenya has, in partnership with Google's sister firm Loon, launched a fleet of 35 internet balloons that will provide internet services to remote areas of the country...

Nixon Muganda 20 Jul 2020

Marubini Raphulu, CEO, Hulisani
Wind and hydrogen have the power to drive exports marketArticle

South Africa can lay the foundations for a new power export market by coupling its renewable energy economic stimulus to non-electricity prospects..

1 Jul 2020

Wind power in SA's post-Covid economic recovery
Wind power in SA's post-Covid economic recoveryArticle

The South African government needs to accelerate the implementation of its renewable-energy-heavy Integrated Resource Plan 2019 (IRP 2019) as part of the country's post-Covid-19 economic recovery package...

22 Jun 2020

The demand of power in West Africa is rising. Sebastian Sterl
How West Africa can expand power supply and meet climate goalsArticle

Not too long ago, when the idea of solar and wind energy was still hotly debated, critics used to point out the limitations of these energy sources: the sun doesn't always shine and the wind doesn't always blow...

Sebastian Sterl & Robert Brecha 5 Jun 2020

Kangnas Wind Farm
Mitigating Covid-19 risks in constructing wind farmsArticle

As South Africa enters Level 3 lockdown, sectors across the country, including wind power construction teams, are facing more stringent health and safety regulations than ever before...

3 Jun 2020

Renewables are here to stay and grow
Renewables are here to stay and growArticle

According to the International Energy Agency, 72% of all installed power capacity globally in 2019 originated from renewable energy, and it expects it to grow in 2020, despite the pandemic...

Nicci Botha 1 Jun 2020

Ntombifuthi Ntuli, CEO, Sawea
Renewable energy a key component of SA's economic recoveryArticle

It is expected that the energy demand will start ramping up as the country eases the lockdown and additional energy capacity will be required...

19 May 2020

The first two of 24 new solar and wind farms under construction were completed in February but there’s still a long way to go to boost electricity supply. GettyImages
Power shortages will remain a big challenge in a post-Covid-19 South AfricaArticle

The decline in economic activity precipitated by the spread of Covid-19 and ensuing lockdown in South Africa is also affecting the country's electricity supply dynamics...

Hartmut Winkler 24 Apr 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 energyArticle

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...

John Yeld 19 Feb 2020

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MSC Cruises extends fleet expansion planArticle

MSC Cruises and Chantiers de l'Atlantique have signed a contract for the construction of a third and fourth LNG-powered MSC World Class ship. The partnership will focus on the development and utilisation of next-generation environmental technologies...

21 Jan 2020

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

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

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

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...

Mark Lacey 15 Jan 2020

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

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

Ntombifuthi Ntuli 9 Jan 2020

Khumo Theko
#BizTrends2020: The rise of renewables in AfricaArticle

As citizens become more vocal about climate change, governments and organisations are developing sustainable less harmful methods of providing power and other services...

Khumo Theko 7 Jan 2020

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

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

John Yeld 18 Dec 2019

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

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...

16 Dec 2019

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

Smart cities embrace 4IR
Smart cities embrace 4IRArticle

Smart cities rely on smart grid technology that includes traditional and renewable energy sources in its mix of power supply...

18 Nov 2019

Demonising African oil & gas is not constructive for energy transition
Demonising African oil & gas is not constructive for energy transitionArticle

In a 2014 article written for the Guardian newspaper this week,Nobel Peace Prize laureate, Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu argued for an Apartheid-style boycott on coal, oil and gas companies as a solution to fight climate change and help ensure global environmental sustainability goals...

NJ Ayuk 18 Nov 2019

Klipheuwel Wind Farm
Wind power is far more than just energyArticle

Energy security remains a challenge in the continent, with the average electrification rate in Africa at only about 43%. Wind power therefore could be a game changer...

17 Oct 2019

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Frameworks to investor interest in Africa's renewable energyArticle

With a population of more than one-billion people and a collective economy of around $1.5trn, Africa is a continent ripe for economic growth. Developing the capacity to satisfy its people's energy demands is key to unlocking that potential...

1 Oct 2019

Lake Turkana Wind Power turbines. LTW
How Kenya's mega wind power project is hurting communitiesArticle

Kenya recently launched the Lake Turkana Wind Power project, Africa's largest wind energy project and the biggest public-private investment in Kenyan history...

Zoe Cormack 3 Sep 2019

Greater Tortue Ahmeyim LNG development. Photo credit: BP
Senegal on the cusp of an energy renaissanceArticle

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...

Sebastian Wagner 8 Aug 2019

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