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  • Staff Writer, 20 April 2015
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    Utility scale renewable energy is alive and well in South Africa with the Department of Energy announcing the preferred bidders for bidding window 4 of the Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer Procurement (REIPPP) programme. Thirteen more renewable energy IPPs totalling 1 121 MW in the wind, solar PV, biomass and small hydro sectors will now attempt to reach financial close of their projects in the last quarter of the year.

     

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  • Kenneth Fullerton, 15 April 2015
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    Ken Fullerton, a Field Specialist at PlaNet Finance and based in Johannesburg, South Africa, works in the field of sustainable development. He recently caught up with Sarah Soloane, a social entrepreneur, EnerGcare Independent Distributor, promoter of off-grid renewable energy solutions and winner of the Renewable Energy Prize at the International Micro Entrepreneurship Awards held in Paris, France in December 2014 to learn more about what has made her successful and how others can learn from her experiences and lessons. Read further to see what she had to say.  

     

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  • eThekwini Energy Office, 16 March 2015
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    EThekwini Municipality in its commitment to mitigating the effects of climate change is continuously facilitating and implementing a range of renewable energy projects in the city. The Energy Office has been spearheading a number of initiatives to prepare Durban for a future with a higher level of decentralized, renewable energy generation in the city. In recognizing the need for a strategic and co-ordinated approach to facilitating these projects, the Energy Office has developed the "Durban Solar City Framework" that focusses on electricity generation through photovoltaic panels. 

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  • EDF Energies Nouvelles, 29 January 2015
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    EDF Energies Nouvelles is announcing the commissioning of the Grassridge wind farm in South Africa by InnoWind, its local subsidiary. This wind farm, which has an installed capacity of over 60 MW, is the first of the group to be developed, built and operated on the African continent.

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  • South African Renewable Energy Council, 28 January 2015
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    The South African Renewable Energy Council welcomes the conclusions of a recent CSIR report showing that the net cost of South Africa's renewable energy in 2014 was less than zero and reiterates that the industry is willing, ready and able to do much more to ease the country's electricity shortage, now predicted to lead to load shedding for the next 3 – 5 years.

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  • CSIR (South Africa), 21 January 2015
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    Renewable energy has benefited South Africa, a study by the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) has found. The independent study by the CSIR found that renewable energy from the country’s first wind and solar (photovoltaic) projects created R800 million more financial benefits for the country than they cost during 2014.

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  • Centre for Renewable & Sustainable Energy Studies, 21 November 2014
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    Stellenbosch University, in cooperation with GeoSUN Africa and GeoModel Solar, this week released updated solar maps for South Africa. The German Government, through their development agency the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ), made funding available for this task, as well as to install six radiometric stations in South Africa, in areas where high accuracy ground measurements were not available.Solar resource data from these stations as well as other stations were used by the Slovakia-based company GeoModel Solar to update the existing SolarGIS satellitederived solar resource database, from which these maps are constructed.

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  • South African Renewable Energy Council, 19 November 2014
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    Manufacturing companies serving the ZAR 120 billion South African renewable energy industry today called on Government to urgently finalise the financial close of the third round of the Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer Procurement Programme (REIPPPP). Financial close has been delayed and fears are arising escalating that the viability of manufacturing facilities and the accompanying jobs and companies may be threatened if finality does not come before year end. Uncertainty about the timing of announcing the preferred bidders for Round 3.5 (for concentrated solar power only) and Round 4 has also added to discomfort.

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  • SolarReserve, 14 November 2014
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    SolarReserve, a leading global developer of utility-scale solar power projects and advanced solar thermal technology, today announced that the 96 megawatt (MW) photovoltaic (PV) Jasper solar power project completed construction and is fully operational, almost two months ahead of schedule. Jasper is located in South Africa's Northern Cape in a solar park that also includes the 75 MW Lesedi solar power project which came online in May, and the proposed 100 MW Redstone concentrated solar thermal power (CSP) plant featuring SolarReserve's industry-leading CSP technology with integrated energy storage.

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  • Mergence Investment Managers and the IDC, 13 November 2014
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    As the country dealt with power outages in the wake of a collapsed Eskom coal silo last week, a piece of good news passed unnoticed with the closing date on 3 November for bids in the first phase of a “small projects” renewable energy programme that will support two national aims - enhanced energy security and small business development.

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  • eThekwini Energy Office, 27 October 2014
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    EThekwini Municipality in demonstrating its commitment towards a low carbon city has installed a 900Wp off grid solar photovoltaic system and two solar water heaters at the Municipal owned Buffelsdraai Reforestation Site Offices. The system, designed by the eThekwini Energy Office, provides solar electricity to one office block and two staff bathrooms while two solar water heaters provide hot water to the staff bathrooms.

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  • Communications Department of ROSATOM, 23 September 2014
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    On September 22, 2014 in Vienna, at the margins of 58th session of the International Atomic Energy Agency General Conference, the Russian Federation and the Republic of South Africa signed an Intergovernmental Agreement on Strategic Partnership and Cooperation in Nuclear Energy and Industry. On behalf of the Russian Government the document was signed by the Director General of the State Atomic Energy Corporation ROSATOM Mr. Sergey Kirienko, on behalf of the South-African Government - by the Minister of Energy Ms. Tina Joemat-Pettersson.

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  • WWF South Africa, 29 August 2014
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    The World Wide Fund for Nature South Africa (WWF-SA) has always advocated in favour of renewable energy as a necessity to combatting climate change and increasingly expensive fossil-fuel generated electricity. Its previous work has shown that investing in renewable energy, together with energy efficiency in industry, will provide cheaper electricity by 2020 than further investment in coal or nuclear power.

    Continuing its work in this space, WWF-SA has commissioned a series of reports examining the state of renewable energy in South Africa, the ways in which it can be scaled up, with particular emphasis on financing, and how renewable energy has the potential to grow beyond government's efforts.

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  • South African Government News Agency, 27 August 2014
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    The South African government says it is ready to regulate and monitor companies that have expressed an interest in exploring shale gas in the country. Thibedi Ramontja, the Director-General of the Mineral Resources Department, said the draft regulations will, once finalised, be effective to deal with the risks that exploration might pose to the environment.

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  • Coega Development Corporation, 21 August 2014
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    The Coega Development Corporation (CDC), operator of the Coega Industrial Development Zone (IDZ) and the Eastern Cape’s leading catalyst for socio-economic growth, announced today that Nelson Mandela Bay “is well on its way to become the country and continent’s hotspot for ‘green’ energy components manufacturing and technologies,” said Sandisiwe Ncemane, CDC’s Investment Manager: Energy Division.

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  • Coega Development Corporation, 19 August 2014
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    The Coega Development Corporation’s (CDC) green power value is strengthening within the Industrial Development Zone (IDZ) with one of its Chinese investors signing a million rand contract to install a solar plant.

     
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  • , 15 August 2014
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    A report exploring the political economy of energy planning under democracy and the Integrated Energy Planning (IEP) process due to conclude this year was launched by the British High Commission, Project 90 by 2030, and the Exxaro Chair in Global Change and Sustainability Research at Wits University on Friday, 15 August.

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  • , 12 August 2014
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    After the successful early commissioning of the Kalkbult PV power plant lates last year, the Linde 40-MW project with technology from SMA Solar Technology AG (SMA) has now been completed. At the end of July, SMA also commissioned a factory for Sunny Central inverters in Cape Town, South Africa. With this, the company meets the local content requirements under South Africa’s Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer Procurement Programme (REIPPP).

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  • Jeffreys Bay Wind Farm, 12 August 2014
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    The Healthy Mom & Baby, which was founded 10 years ago, is set to receive a R440 000 donation from Jeffreys Bay Wind Farm.  The clinic is dedicated to empowering pregnant women and helping them to cope with their pregnancies and babies.  “We support the Clinic’s vision of families being the foundation of society and believe that by giving care to pregnant women we can help build healthier communities,” said Marion Green-Thompson, Economic Development Manager for Jeffreys Bay Wind Farm.

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  • , 11 August 2014
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     Wuxi Suntech, one of the world’s largest manufacturers of PV modules, is expanding its footprint in Africa by establishing a subsidiary company in South Africa. The subsidiary, Suntech Power South Africa, is fully compliant with South Africa’s Broad-Based Black Economic Empowerment (BBBEE) legislation.

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  • Development Bank of Southern Africa, 07 August 2014
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    The Development Bank of Southern Africa (DBSA) has signed a R1,4 billion finance contract with the European Investment Bank (EIB)  to support the development of the  !KaXu 100 MW concentrated solar power (CSP) plant in the Northern Cape. The DBSA announced that it is encouraged by the EIB’s trust and confidence towards its investment strategy in supporting South Africa´s power generation infrastructure in order to improve the security of energy supply and optimise the energy generation mix on which South Africa's economic growth prospects depend.

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  • , 06 August 2014
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    New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) listed company, Jinko Solar, celebrated the official opening of its R80 million, 120 MW solar PV module production facility in Epping, Cape Town yesterday. Jinko Solar opened this facility in response to the roll out of the South African Renewable Energy Independent Power Producers Programme (REIPPP) where 1484MW of solar PV projects have been procured. Since the inception of this programme, Jinko Solar has deployed over 300MW of solar PV panels, reaching approximately 30% market share.

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  • Staff Writer, 04 August 2014
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    Cennergi - the cleaner energy company started by Exxaro and Tata Power- celebrates the start of construction at its 134.4MW Amakhala Emoyeni Wind Farm project between Bedford and Cookhouse in the Eastern Cape, where 56 N17 Nordex turbines will produce 134.4MW of wind energy for the national electricity grid.

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  • , 28 July 2014
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    The 1.2MW Black River Park Solar Project has broken new ground in becoming the largest integrated PV plant in Africa and the first to legally transmit electricity back into the City of Cape Town's electrical distribution network.

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  • Holle Linnea Wlokas, 24 July 2014
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    The South African Wind Energy Association (SAWEA) hosted a workshop on the challenges and possibilities associated with community development around wind farms. The workshop took place in the facilities of the Industrial Development Corporation in Johannesburg in mid-May this year with participation from over 50 stakeholders representing industry, government, civil society and academia.

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