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  • International Energy Agency (IEA), 21 September 2017
    [New Report/Publication] Key World Energy Statistics contains timely, clearly presented data on the supply, transformation and consumption of all major energy sources for the main regions of the world, proving everyone with an interest in energy key statistics on more than 150 countries and regions including energy indicators, energy balances, prices, RDD and CO2 emissions as well as energy forecasts.
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  • Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ), 17 September 2017
    [New Report/Publication] A report commissioned by GIZ and prepared for the South African Department of Energy and Eskom has assessed the impact of variable generation technologies on system operation in South Africa until 2030. It discredits the notion that a high penetration of renewables will be difficult and costly to manage in the South African context, and that that high penetration of wind and solar PV can be handled by the system at moderate additional cost.
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  • World Nuclear Industry Status Report, 14 September 2017
    [New Report/Publication] The World Nuclear Industry Status Report 2017 (WNISR2017) has just been released, providing a comprehensive overview of nuclear power plant data, including information on operation, production and construction.
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  • Brand Engineering, 14 September 2017
    [Technical Article] This article presents a technical assessment of the performance that can typically be achieved by a solar PV plant after the first year of operation. The plant in question is in South Africa's Northern Cape.
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  • REN21, 14 September 2017
    [New Report/Publication] This looks at the interface between the tendering process and the role that communities can play in renewable energy uptake in the Latin America and the Caribbean region, and proposes a mechanism that could be used to encourage community involvement in renewable energy tendering process.
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  • South African Wind Energy Association (SAWEA), 13 September 2017
    [Notice] Signing of the Power Purchase Agreements (PPAs) for 27 projects under Round 3.5 and 4 bid windows of the Renewable Independent Power Producers Procurement Programme (REIPPPP), has been set for end October 2017. This much anticipated announcement, by the Department of Energy, facilitates signing of PPA’s and sees movement for the industry, which has stagnated since August 2015.
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  • South African Photovoltaic Industry Association (SAPVIA), 01 September 2017
    [Notice] The South Africa Photovoltaic Industry Association (SAPVIA) welcomes the announcement by the Minister of Energy, Ms Mmamoloko Kubayi, made today that the RE IPP Programme will move forward and the outstanding PPA’s for Round 3.5 and 4 will be signed on the 28th of October 2017. This will bring much needed investment, secure current jobs and manufacturing investments in the sector, and create new jobs and opportunities for communities surrounding these projects.
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  • Kouga Wind Farm, 06 July 2017
    [Corporate PR] Not until recently had Port Elizabeth student Ayabulela Mahamba, 21, set foot outside the Eastern Cape, but a chance trip of a lifetime to a global energy summit in Mexico has seen her rub shoulders with global influencers such as former lord mayor of London Fiona Woolf and former UN secretary-general Ban Ki-moon.
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  • Jeffreys Bay Wind Farm, 16 June 2017
    [Corporate PR] Local schools in the Kouga municipality are once again putting their weight behind Global Wind Day using it as an opportunity to teach children more about renewable Energy and in particular how clean energy is harvested from the abundant wind.
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  • South African Renewable Energy Council (SAREC), 12 April 2017
    [Feature Article]

    A sewing workshop which supports disabled women in the rural Western Cape is an example of the kind of development project that could benefit from the revenues generated by a local wind farm, if Eskom gives the go-ahead for the power plant to be built.

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  • South African Renewable Energy Council (SAREC), 20 March 2017
    [Feature Article] Owners of the small black-owned businesses that have been contracted to do the cleaning, vegetation management, and other maintenance-type work at the solar power plant outside Groblershoop in the Northern Cape, are graduating from a year-long incubation programme that aims to transform them into viable operations that serve a wider customer base. Eskom’s delays in signing contracts with some power producers at sites elsewhere in the country, jeopardises similar development initiatives.
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  • South African Renewable Energy Council (SAREC), 20 March 2017
    [Feature Article]

    Eskom’s delays in signing the final contracts with the private companies that are scheduled to build a series of solar power plants in the Northern Cape, are throttling back development work that aims to nurture a generation of engineers and technicians and skilled professionals here. In these educational ‘backwaters’, schools are underfunded, literacy is low, and the dropout rates bleak. Intervention needs to start at kindergarten-level.

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  • South African Renewable Energy Council (SAREC), 14 March 2017
    [Feature Article]

    Eskom’s delays in signing the final contracts with the private companies that are scheduled to build a series of solar power plants in the Northern Cape, are throttling back development work that aims to nurture a generation of engineers and technicians and skilled professionals here. In these educational ‘backwaters’, schools are underfunded, literacy is low, and the dropout rates bleak. Intervention needs to start at kindergarten-level. 

    Wanted: technically-minded school-leavers with maths and science as their subjects.  

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  • South African Renewable Energy Council (SAREC), 14 March 2017
    [Feature Article]

    Until now, if people in and around Groblershoop in the Northern Cape needed to see a state doctor, they’d have to wait a month for the travelling government clinician to stop in town for a single day. And then they’d have to queue at the local clinic, alongside every other person who had also been waiting for weeks to get treatment, and hope there would be enough time in the day for the doctor to see everyone.

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  • South African Renewable Energy Council (SAREC), 01 March 2017
    [Feature Article] The South African Renewable Energy Council (SAREC) has issued a statement in response to the Coal Transportation Forum’s press notice, relating to the reasons behind their unfortunate industrial action in Tshwane this morning. SAREC believes that the statement contains a number of factual errors which need correcting.  “We would like to firstly point out that the reduced coal consumption of up to 10 million tonnes by 2021 is actually part of Government’s policy and it is consistent with South Africa’s climate change commitment,” says Brenda Martin, Chair of SAREC.
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  • South African Renewable Energy Council (SAREC), 27 February 2017
    [Feature Article] Delays by Eskom to sign off the next round of state-commissioned wind farms has cost a local black-owned transport and rigging company 30 jobs since November 2016.
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  • South African Renewable Energy Council (SAREC), 21 February 2017
    [Feature Article] When a 44 megawatt solar plant turned on its lights just outside the Karoo town of Touws River in December 2014, a percentage of the revenue it earned from selling electricity to the national grid immediately started trickling through into the town’s sluggish economy. Leonie Joubert visited some of the businesses that are part of an enterprise incubation scheme.
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  • South African Renewable Energy Council (SAREC), 20 February 2017
    [Feature Article]

    When a 44 megawatt solar plant was built just outside the Karoo town of Touws River, the private consortium that owns it had to ensure that some of the people it hired to help run the place are from nearby communities. Leonie Joubert met the security guards at the gate.

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  • South African Renewable Energy Council (SAREC), 17 February 2017
    [Feature Article]

    When a 44 megawatt solar plant turned on its lights just outside the Karoo town of Touws River in December 2014, a percentage of the revenue it earned from selling electricity to the national grid immediately started trickling through into the town’s sluggish economy. Leonie Joubert visited one of the businesses that is part of an enterprise incubation scheme there.

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  • South African Renewable Energy Council (SAREC), 16 February 2017
    [Feature Article]

    Since the 44 megawatt solar plant just outside the Karoo town of Touws River started selling electricity to the national grid in December 2014, a percentage of its revenue has been ploughed into giving study opportunities, work experience, and jobs to youngsters who might otherwise have few opportunities in the region’s lacklustre economy. Leonie Joubert met one of the plant’s ‘light voltage’ electricians.

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  • South African Renewable Energy Council (SAREC), 09 February 2017
    [Feature Article]

    If Eskom does not sign off on the next round of state-commissioned wind farms within the next few weeks, one of South Africa’s two wind tower manufacturers will be forced to close its Port Elizabeth-based factory and lay off the remaining 143 staff. The facility is expected to close in April.

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  • South African Renewable Energy Council (SAREC), 07 February 2017
    [Feature Article]

    Leonie Joubert is a regular contributor to the Heinrich Boll Foundation’s Energy Transitions. This column was published by the HBF this week.

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  • South African Renewable Energy Council (SAREC), 06 February 2017
    [Feature Article]

    The West Coast town of Hopefield needs social services, improved schooling, and enterprise development. As part of its social responsibility commitments, a nearby wind farm is directing some of its revenue to plugging the holes in the local education system. By Leonie Joubert.

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  • South African Renewable Energy Council (SAREC), 06 February 2017
    [Feature Article]

    When the turbines of the Hopefield Wind Farm first started spinning in December 2014, a percentage of the revenue earned from feeding power into South Africa’s electricity grid was immediately channeled towards injecting life into the town’s sluggish economy, and investing in bettering the lives of people in the local community. By Leonie Joubert.

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  • South African Renewable Energy Council (SAREC), 06 February 2017
    [Feature Article]

    South Africa’s fledgling wind turbine service technician training programme will be ‘skilling its graduates for unemployment’ if construction on the next round of state-commissioned wind farms doesn’t begin within the forthcoming year.

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