Data, news & collaboration platform focusing on renewables in Africa.
  • Tawanda Mushiri and Samson Mhlanga, 31 July 2018
    [Press Release]

    First launched in 1996 and then suspended, University of Zimbabwe’s Faculty of Engineering has relaunched its Master of Science Renewable Energy (MRE).

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  • Mainstream Renewable Power, 30 July 2018
    [Corporate PR]

    Mainstream Renewable Power, the global renewable energy developer, congratulates Lekela Power, the Pan-African renewable energy generation platform on the successful completion of financial close for the utility scale wind project, Taiba N’Diaye in Senegal.

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  • WWF South Africa, 20 July 2018
    [Press Release]

    Emira Property Fund has become the first African and South African company to have a greenhouse gas emissions (GHG) target approved by the Science Based Targets initiative (SBTi).

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  • Standard Bank South Africa, 10 July 2018
    [Corporate PR]

    Standard Bank is the mandated lead arranger, underwriter and hedge provider of seven of the total 27 projects which have signed power purchase agreements with Eskom as part of South Africa’s Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer Procurement Programme, (REIPPPP), after a long delay. Standard Bank was the first bank to close a project under this round, with a total of four projects already closed. The remaining projects have until end July to reach financial close.

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  • Fumani Mthembi, 17 April 2018
    [Opinion Piece]

    The Black Industrialists programme is differentiated by two key features, majority ownership and management control/ operational involvement. These differentiators are not only programme features but are in fact a comment on the corrective inclination of the programme. In other words, they reveal a problem in the current economic structure that requires change.

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  • South African Government News Agency, 09 March 2018
    [Notice]

    Energy Minister Jeff Radebe says the project agreements of the 27 renewable energy Independent Power Producer Projects will be signed on Tuesday 13 March. The Minister made the announcement when he briefed the media on Thursday.

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  • South African Photovoltaic Industry Association (SAPVIA), 08 March 2018
    [Notice]

    The South Africa Photovoltaic Industry Association (SAPVIA) congratulates the Minister of Energy, Mr Jeff Radebe, and the DoE, on the announcement made earlier today that the REIPPP Programme will proceed and that the outstanding Power Purchase Agreements (PPAs) will be signed within days.

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  • SOLA Future Energy, 20 October 2017
    [Corporate PR]

    Cape Town, South Africa: SOLA Future Energy has succeeded in designing and constructing a solar energy microgrid for Robben Island. The system, situated on the World Heritage Site, consists of a solar PV farm, combined with a lithium-ion battery storage facility and smart controllers to ensure a seamless electricity supply, whilst significantly reducing the island’s fossil fuel consumption.

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  • Mott MacDonald, 17 October 2017
    [Corporate PR]

    The US$880 million Xina concentrated solar power (CSP) plant in Pofadder, South Africa has successfully completed its first month of commercial operation. Mott MacDonald performed the role of the lenders' technical advisor during the project’s financing and construction stages and will now monitor operations in an ongoing role.

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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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