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  • , 24 July 2014
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    With 1.45-million people, representing 11% of South African households, living without electricity and a further 3.6% of households accessing electricity informally*, light is a scarce commodity for many, often disrupting daily life and education due to limited study time.

    Energizer® South Africa and USA registered nonprofit, One Million Lights are teaming up to improve the daily lives of children and adults in poor rural villages around the world, by providing clean and healthy lighting.

     

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  • , 24 July 2014
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    MTN has reaffirmed its commitment to reducing its carbon footprint by unveiling Africa’s first Concentrating Solar Cooling System that will power its energy-hungry data centres.

    The system was designed by REACH Renewable and AOS Consulting Engineers and implemented jointly with Industrial Solar, Voltas Technologies and Luft Technik, and supported by the professional team comprising of ISF Services, Classen Auret, Project Works, DSM and Pentad. It is driven by a cutting-edge technology called Linear Fresnel Concentrating Solar Power (CSP) that uses heat generated from the sun and has a peak cooling capacity of 330 kW.

     

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  • Staff Writer, 09 July 2014
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    Driving along the N2 in the Eastern Cape it is impossible to miss Jeffreys Bay Wind Farm’s magnificent wind turbines standing proud as part of the country’s largest operational wind farm. Wednesday, 9 July 2014 saw the inauguration of this project, marking the completion of a six year journey through development, financing, construction and finally into operations.   The 138MW power plant is a product of the South African Government’s Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer Procurement Programme and will supply enough clean renewable electrical energy to meet the needs of over 100 000 average South African households.

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  • Droogfontein Solar Power, 11 June 2014
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    A social needs study has commenced to identify of the needs of the 104 families that make up the Droogfontein Community Property Association, as well as to develop a register of priorities. In order to carry out the study, a team of young previously unemployed local people have been selected from within the Kimberley area and 50km radius of the solar project and undergone training and skill development to undertake the study.

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  • eThekweni Energy Office, 10 June 2014
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    EThekwini Municipality in partnership with the South African National Energy Development Institute (SANEDI) co-hosted a workshop to discuss potential energy "cogeneration" in the KZN region. Cogeneration is the combined generation of electricity and heat and has significant potential in industrial cities like Durban where heat is often required for manufacturing process.

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  • Holle Wlokas, 22 May 2014
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    The Cape Town-based Community Development Resource Association (CDRA) recently hosted a gathering of civil society stakeholders with some representation from the  investment, consulting and project development sectors. The aim was to connect people and organisations concerned with the economic development requirements of the Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer Procurement Programme (REIPPPP) with conversation around investment and activities in local communities as a result of the various requirements of the programme.

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  • Jeffreys Bay Wind Farm, 20 May 2014
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    Jeffreys Bay Wind Farm has proudly announced that it has achieved its Commercial Operations Date on schedule and on budget, an impressive achievement for one of the country’s first and largest wind farms.  All 60 turbines were commissioned and connected to the Eskom grid in April and the project satisfied all of Eskoms’ requirements on 15th May.  “We are thrilled to have reached this milestone on target and to have met all Eskom’s requirements including Grid Code Compliance,” said Mark Pickering, General Manager of Jeffreys Bay Wind Farm.

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  • Droogfontein Solar Power, 15 May 2014
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    On Thursday the 15 May 2014, Droogfontein Solar Power, one of the first solar facilities arising from the South African Government’s Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer Procurement Programme (REIPPPP), held an inauguration event to mark the completion of a six year journey, from project development to operation.

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  • De Aar Solar Power, 14 May 2014
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    On Wednesday 14 May 2014, De Aar Solar Power, one of the first solar facilities arising from the South African Government's Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer Procurement Programme (REIPPPP), held an inauguration event to mark the completion of a six year journey, from project development to commercial operations.

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  • Holle Linnea Wlokas, 09 May 2014
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    The Cookhouse Wind Farm, located between the towns of Cookhouse and Bedford in the Eastern Cape, is a Round 1 REIPPP (Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer Procurement Programme) Project and currently South Africa's largest wind farm with an installed capacity of 138.6MW from 66 Suzlon S88 turbines. It is also the only large renewable energy project currently underway known to have implemented a fully functioning community liaison office for active engagement with local residents and businesses in the area, providing thought and process leadership for other South African renewables projects either under construction, reaching financial close or fully operational. Through thorough community liaison, local stakeholders are kept informed of developments and the project has a far better chance of acceptance and broader appreciation for the benefits that the wind farm may bring to the area.

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  • Holle Linnea Wlokas, 07 May 2014
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    The decentralised and localised nature of renewable energy power generation offers the potential to couple energy security and carbon emissions reduction goals with socio-economic developmental aspirations. Renewable energy projects under the Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer Procurement (REIPPP) programme are obliged to make a real contribution to local economic development in the immediate area of the wind, solar and other renewable energy power plants and the procurement rules stipulate that projects spend a percentage of their revenue on socio-economic and enterprise development, as well as allocate ownership shares to local communities.

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  • Jeffreys Bay Wind Farm, 06 May 2014
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    Jeffreys Bay Wind Farm has announced that all 60 of its wind turbines are in place and fully commissioned. The project is moving swiftly along to its Commercial Operations Date, and will soon be generating enough clean, renewable electricity to power more than 110 000 average South African homes and avoid over 420 000 tonnes of carbon emissions each year.

    The Project began supplying power to Eskom in December last year and erected its final turbine in February, "We were one of the country's first wind farms to be connected to the national power grid and look forward to achieving commercial operations soon," said Mark Pickering, General Manager of Jeffreys Bay Wind Farm.

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  • Department of Energy, 19 April 2014
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    The Minister of Energy, Dikobe Ben Martins, announced various infrastructure programmes in the electricity, gas, petroleum and nuclear sector.

    These announcements relate to measures that will be introduced by the Department of Energy to strengthen the energy sector by amongst others, increasing the uptake of new generation technologies including cogeneration and the implementation of a revised model for the Solar Water Heaters programme. The Department also seeks to facilitate the development of the biofuels industry and increase the uptake and usage of gas to reduce overdependence on the electricity grid.

     

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  • Jeffreys Bay Wind Farm, 17 April 2014
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    Thousands of Eastern Cape School children are learning about the significance of renewable energy and science through a programme sponsored by Jeffreys Bay Wind Farm, one of the county's largest wind farms. Launched in 2013, the purpose of the programme is to provide High School students with projects that will broaden their knowledge of science, with specific focus on renewable energy. "It is imperative to increase awareness and interest in the renewable energy industry and science amongst learners if our country is to develop the much needed skills in this area," Mark Pickering, General Manger of Jeffreys Bay Wind Farm.

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  • Droogfontein Solar Power, 14 April 2014
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    Droogfontein Solar Power and De Aar Solar Power have both achieved Commercial Operations Date during the first week of April 2014, having mobilized their construction teams in December 2012. These Independent Power Producers, situated in the Northern Cape will now commence their 20-year Operations Phase. "We have reached a significant milestone having satisfied all of Eskom's requirements for operations to commence, including Grid Code Compliance," explained Mark Pickering, General Manager of Droogfontein Solar Power and De Aar Solar Power.

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  • De Aar Solar Power, 25 March 2014
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    De Aar Solar Power has chosen to focus its community development projects on local schools in De Aar. This is in addition to the community projects that will be implemented within the local communities during the Project's 20 years of operations. These projects will be located within a 50km radius of the solar farm, with 80% of the allocated budget being focused on education support. The Programmes will focus on early childhood development, as part of a crèche support programme, numeracy and literacy interventions at a primary level; support for mathematics and science programmes at secondary schooling level and a Scholarship programme for engineering related studies at tertiary level. "Renewable energy generation aims to positively impact both the environment and just as importantly on local communities," said Mark Pickering, General Manager of De Aar Solar Power.

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  • Ken Fullerton, 14 March 2014
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    The cost of energy in South Africa has increased rapidly and this trend shows no sign of abating. In 2013, the National Electricity Regulator of South Africa (NERSA) announced that the price of electricity will increase by at least 8% a year for the next five years until 2018, while the cost of paraffin [kerosene] – an energy source commonly used amongst low-income communities across South Africa – has more than quadrupled since the year 2000.

    While the South African government has made great strides in delivering access to basic services for previously disadvantaged populations since the onset of democracy in 1994, there remains much to be done. More than 3,4 million people do not have a grid connection, and even among those that do, many continue to use multiple sources of energy (e.g. paraffin, candles) as a coping strategy for dealing with rising energy prices. Power cuts also occur quite regularly, particularly in low-income communities (townships). Dangerous and polluting energy products (such as braziers, paraffin stoves and candles) are widely used and devastating shack fires are commonplace, affecting thousands of people every year. One solution to this problem is the implementation of privately led, market-driven initiatives that aim to not only deliver clean, safe and reliable energy products to low-income communities, but also provide entrepreneurial opportunities to residents. EnerGcare is attempting to do just this.

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  • Jeffreys Bay Wind Farm, 28 February 2014
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    All 60 Jeffreys Bay Wind Farm’s turbines are now in place and the project is swiftly moving along to its Commercial Operations Date in May. This follows closely on the announcement that the Project has commenced supplying power to Eskom, one of the country’s first wind farms to do so in South Africa. “We didn’t expect to complete the turbine erections this week, but the weather played along beautifully,” said Mark Pickering, General Manager of Jeffreys Bay Wind Farm.

    A number of dedicated turbine erection crews, totalling around 90 men, have been working tirelessly to erect the Project’s turbines since August last year. “The crews focus and commitment never wavered, for this we are truly grateful,” added Pickering. Pickering continued, “During this period, crew members took the opportunity to gain experience and benefit from skills transfer, which they will take with them to other wind farm projects.”

    Jeffreys Bay Wind Farm spans 3 700 ha and is one of the first wind farms being developed by the South African Governments Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer Procurement Programme (REIPP). The site was chosen for its optimal wind conditions and minimal environmental constraints, as well as its close proximity to a 132 kV Eskom grid line. With demand for electricity continuing to grow in South Africa, the introduction of this clean energy will have far reaching benefits for the country’s power sector, economy and people.

  • Annabel Eaton, 26 February 2014
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    Professional engineering and management company, EES, have played a significant role in the implementation of solar renewable energy in South Africa to date. In this media release, Managing Director Bradley Hemphill and Project Manager James Ricketts offer their insights into the increased allocation to solar energy in the latest revision of South Africa's Draft Integrated Resource Plan.

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  • Jeffreys Bay Wind Farm, 20 February 2014
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    Jeffreys Bay Wind Farm, one of the largest wind farms in South Africa, transported its final load from the Port of Ngqura to its site on 19 February. The project began with the transportation of the gigantic turbine components on 22 July 2013, completing distances of over 110 000 km in total. “This has been a huge undertaking and we would like to thank the public for their patience and support over the last seven months,” said Mark Pickering, General Manager of Jeffreys Bay Wind Farm.

    Over 500 local commuters registered to receive weekly updates on the abnormal load transportation schedules, designed to keep drivers informed. The public has shown tremendous interest and curiosity by posting words of encouragement on the social media platforms and even calling into the Project’s call centre.

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  • Jenna Wilson, 10 February 2014
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    Hopefield, Western Cape, 10 February 2014: A major milestone for the South African wind energy industry was reached last week on 1 February 2014 when Hopefield Wind Farm achieved its Commercial Operation Date (COD) - the first REIPPPP wind project to do so.

    Situated 5km southeast of Hopefield in the Western Cape, the wind farm comprises 37 wind turbines with an aggregate capacity of 66MW. Construction began in late 2012 and was completed on schedule and to budget.

    Umoya Energy (the Cape Town-based owner and developer) was awarded a Power Purchase Agreement (PPA) in Round One of the Department of Energy’s Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer Procurement Programme (REIPPPP) which is promoting the development of renewable energy projects throughout the country.

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  • , 05 February 2014
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    A highly successful 2nd Annual Southern African Solar Energy Conference was held in Port Elizabeth last week. Hosted by Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University (NMMU) and Chaired by Professor Ernest van Dyk of NMMU's Centre for Energy Research, the gathering had a focus on research, technology development and deployment of solar energy in the Southern African context.

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  • Jeffreys Bay Wind Farm, 03 February 2014
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    Jeffreys Bay Wind Farm, is celebrating a string of achievements, amongst these is the announcement that 10 of the project’s wind turbines have now commenced supplying power to Eskom, one of the country’s first wind farms to do so in South Africa. “Our project substation has been energised, which means that we are now connected to the Eskom grid,’ said Mark Pickering, General Manager of Jeffreys Bay Wind Farm.

    He continued saying, “This marks the first step towards supplying enough clean, renewable electricity to power more than 114 000 South African homes and avoid over 420 000 tonnes of carbon emissions each year.”

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  • , 03 December 2013
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    Futuregrowth Asset Management has successfully won five projects in round three of the Department of Energy's (DoE) Renewable Energy Independent Power Producers' Procurement Programme (REIPPPP).

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  • , 03 December 2013
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    ARTsolar, South Africa'€™s first locally owned Solar PV manufacturing plant, based in New Germany, has been awarded a contract for the supply of photovoltaic (PV) modules in the Government's R100-billion Round 2 of the Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer Programme (REIPPP).

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