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  • eThekweni Energy Office, 27 November 2013
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    EThekwini Municipality is leading the green revolution in Durban by launching the Durban Solar City Program. This program has been launched with an exciting study into current and potential future investment in Solar PV in the city. The findings of the study showed that solar Photo Voltaic (PV) is indeed a green technology with a future.

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  • Jeffreys Bay Wind Farm, 27 November 2013
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    As the country embarks on the development of a renewable energy industry, the management team at Jeffreys Bay Wind Farm believes that the primary focus of skills development should be the development of a workforce that can sustain the industry over time without long term reliance on off shore expertise.

    Hence a competent workforce is being developed to meet the skills requirements of the renewable energy industry on a provincial and national level. "Job creation cannot be seen in isolation and as such we regard skills development as an essential component for Jeffreys Bay Wind Farm,"€ said Mark Pickering, General Manager of Jeffreys Bay Wind Farm.

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  • Droogfontein Solar Power, 27 November 2013
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    Droogfontein Solar Power will be the first solar plant to supply power to the South African grid in the Kimberley area and one of the first batch of solar projects to export power in South Africa. This is a milestone for the region and will ensure that the project remains on schedule. "Not only are we on track, but we expect to be fully operational prior to the planned Commercial Operation Date in April 2014,"€ said Mark Pickering, General Manager of Droogfontein Solar Power.

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  • Staff Writer, 14 November 2013
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    The names of the 17 preferred bidders out of a total of 93 submissions in round three of the Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer Procurement (REIPPP) programme were announced earlier this month. This brings the total number of utility-scale renewable energy projects in progress to 64 with many window one projects in advanced stages of construction and a handful already feeding into the grid.

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  • Jeffreys Bay Wind Farm, 14 November 2013
    [Corporate PR] Jeffreys Bay Wind Farm, one of the largest wind farms in South Africa, has released its first official turbine erection photographs. The wind farm also launched its new aimed at keeping the public and industry up-to-date. "Our new website, www.jeffreysbaywindfarm.co.za, is user friendly, offering a gallery of visuals, renewable energy information as well as the updated transportation schedules," said Mark Pickering, General Manager of Jeffreys Bay Wind Farm.
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  • Droogfontein Solar Power, 06 November 2013
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    At a maximum rate of 3 000 solar panels a day, Droogfontein Solar Power is pleased to announce the completion of their module installation. "We are pleased at the speed of panel installations that our crew has achieved,"€ said Kevin Foster, Project Manager for Droogfontein Solar Power. "€œReaching a good pace of 0.8 MW installed per day at peak production, Droogfontein is comparable to international projects,"€ added Foster.

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  • , 16 October 2013
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    Brand Engineering SA (Pty) Ltd stands at the doorway to a new era in renewable energy generation in South Africa. It is diversifying and expanding its role in the electrical engineering industry, and has been awarded a total of 14 projects in the implementation of solar and wind energy.

    Established over 40 years ago, Brand Engineering, together with its two Empowerment Companies, Besamandla (Western Cape) and Besamandla (Eastern Cape), is a leading electrical contractor in Southern Africa and throughout the African continent. Its venture into the renewable energy sector forms part of the Department of Energy'€™s (DoE's) Renewable Energy Independent Power Producers Programme (REIPPP).

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  • , 07 October 2013
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    Pietermaritzburg is leading the way with Africa’s first 1MW rooftop grid-tied solar plant. Awareness and concern for climate change is growing, and with an increase in electricity costs of 200% in the last five years, businesses are increasingly looking to implement more environmentally friendly, sustainable and cost effective energy solutions.

    One such company is Belgotex Floorcoverings (Pty) Ltd who has invested in the expertise of Sustainable Power Solutions (Pty) Ltd to transform one of their roofs into Africa'€™s largest industrial grid-tied solar plant.

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  • Khi Solar One, 27 August 2013
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    Abengoa, together with project partners Industrial Development Corporation (IDC) and the Khi Community Trust, welcomed representatives from the government of South Africa to celebrate the completion of the construction of the Khi Solar One tower. This achievement marks an important milestone in the execution of this project, a significant development for CSP tower technology itself, as well as a strong positive impact on the community hand the country.

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  • Coega Industrial Development Zone, 27 August 2013
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    The Coega Industrial Development Zone (IDZ) which houses the deepwater port of Ngqura and the Coega Development Corporation just north of the city of Port Elizabeth has become a hotbed of activity lately as a number of wind farms in the Eastern Cape reach the stage where the erection of the wind turbines is starting to take place.

    Ngqura is one of two ports in South Africa that is suitable for receiving wind turbine components due to their large size. The other is the Port of Saldanha on the west coast which is currently servicing wind farm development in the Western and Northern Cape.

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  • Bokpoort CSP Project, 03 August 2013
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    RIYADH, Saudi Arabia August 2, 2013/-- A consortium led by ACWA Power International (ACWA Power) (www.acwapower.com), the leading Saudi electricity and desalinated water producer, and including the Public Investment Corporation (PIC) of South Africa (representing the Government Employees Pension Fund), Lereko Solafrica Investment, Lereko Metier Solafrica Fund 1, Lereko Metier Sustainable Capital Fund, Kurisani Solafrica Investments (representing the National NGO Lovelife) and Solafrica Community Investment Company confirmed the completion of financing and commencement of construction of the Bokpoort Concentrated Solar Power (CSP) Independent Power Project (IPP) located in Northern Cape Province, 600 km south of Johannesburg, in the Republic of South Africa.

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  • Droogfontein Solar Power, 02 August 2013
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    Two of the country's Independent Power Producers are celebrating a major milestone this month, to mark a phenomenal 250,000 hours worked without Lost-Time-Incident, a significant target for such a new industry in South Africa. Both Droogfontein Solar Power and De Aar Solar Power, located in the Northern Cape, are proud of this achievement. "Reaching 250,000 hours without a Lost-Time-Incident supports the positive reviews from the Department of Labour'€™s site visits, conducted at both of these projects,"€ said Kevin Foster, Project Manager of Droogfontein Solar Power.

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  • MetroWind Van Stadens Wind Farm, 05 July 2013
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    Engineering and construction prowess will soon be displayed in the Eastern Cape as the first of 10 wind farms in the province begins construction led by Basil Read Matomo at the Metrowind Van Stadens wind farm near Port Elizabeth.

    Transport of the components for the nine wind turbines began last week and will continue through this week as nine nacelles, 27 blades and nine towers make their way on a 57-kilometre journey from the Port of Ngqura to the site.

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  • MetroWind Van Stadens Wind Farm, 20 June 2013
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    Port Elizabeth. Tuesday 11 June 2013: Rubicept (Pty) Ltd, the developers of the Metrowind van Stadens Wind Farm, announce the arrival of the first shipload of Sinovel wind turbine components for the project, in Port of Ngqura near Port Elizabeth in the Nelson Mandela Bay Metro.

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  • , 14 May 2013
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    The first consignment of 16 turbines from Suzlon's plant in India, destined for Cookhouse Wind Farm, began to arrive at the deepwater port of Ngqura near Port Elizabeth in the Eastern Cape early last month. Presently, Ngqura is the only port suitable for receiving wind turbine blades which, in the case of Cookhouse, are 44 meters in length.  Other components, including tower sections, gears and generators will arrive during the coming months as the construction on the wind farm site progresses. Major works have already begun with some of the wind turbine foundations having been excavated.

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