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  • South African Renewable Energy Council (SAREC), 14 March 2017
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    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
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    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
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    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
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    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
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    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
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    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
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    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
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    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
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    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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  • South African Renewable Energy Council (SAREC), 18 January 2017
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    Senior counsel at Webber Wentzel has issued a legal opinion letter, which states that preferred bidders in the latter rounds of South Africa’s Renewable Energy IPP Procurement programme (REIPPP) are entitled to approach a court to enforce Eskom’s signature of Power Purchase Agreements (PPAs). “In our opinion Eskom cannot sidestep the binding determination of the Minister; they are bound by the Ministerial determination, which includes signing the power purchase agreements,” stated Advocate David Unterhalter, Senior Counsel at Webber Wentzel.

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  • South African Renewable Energy Council (SAREC), 30 November 2016
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    Whilst the South African Renewable Energy Council (SAREC) has welcomed the 2016 update of the Integrated Energy Plan (IEP) and Integrated Resource Plan (IRP), it is advocating that the public participation process addresses a number of concerns that the industry has raised.

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  • Hartmut Winkler, 29 November 2016
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    The much awaited updated South African Integrated Resource Plan for electricity has been released for comment.

    The document makes far-reaching proposals about the target energy generation mix leading all the way to 2050. In particular, the plan pronounces on the future scale and role of nuclear energy and renewable energy technologies. The appropriateness of these has been debated a great deal in the country in the past few years.

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  • WWF South Africa, 24 November 2016
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    WWF South Africa welcomes the release of the long-awaited draft Integrated Resource Plan (IRP), and the proposed delay on the nuclear build. However, we echo the sentiment of others that the proposed nuclear build should be taken off the table altogether and more renewable energy should be added into the mix.

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  • South African Wind Energy Association, 23 November 2016
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    The wind energy sector has applauded the release of the 2016 update of the Integrated Resource Plan (IRP) and the accompanying public consultation process that will enable all South Africans to engage electricity planners on investment choices – transparently and with a focus on least-cost.

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  • Heinrich Böll Foundation & SAFCEI, 23 November 2016
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    Yesterday, South Africans got their first glimpse at the Department of Energy’s (DoE) proposed electricity plans. The proposals suggested in the plan came as no surprise to the Southern African Faith Communities’ Environmental Institute (SAFCEI) and Earthlife Africa Johannesburg (ELA-JHB), who eagerly await their day in court (13 and 14 December) to oppose the SA government’s unconstitutional approach to the country’s energy planning.

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  • South African Photovoltaic Industry Association, 22 November 2016
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    The South African Photovoltaic Industry Association (SAPVIA) welcomes the release of the 2016 update of the long-awaited Integrated Resource Plan (IRP). The updated IRP will give all South Africans the opportunity to interrogate the choices and cost assumptions used by the IRP planners to reach their conclusions regarding technology choices.

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  • South African Wind Energy Association (SAWEA), 10 November 2016
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    One of the predominant themes of Windaba 2016, Africa’s leading wind energy event held earlier this week in Cape Town, was what it would take to successfully achieve the energy transition needed to achieve South Africa’s commitment to the Paris Cop 21 agreement which was ratified this week. 

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  • South African Wind Energy Association (SAWEA), 03 November 2016
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    WindAc Africa, the first academic wind energy conference on the African continent, was concluded in Cape Town earlier this week. The two-day conference offered a forum for academics and researchers to share the latest data and intelligence on the finer technicalities of the wind energy industry.

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  • South African Wind Energy Association, 17 October 2016
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    The South African Wind Energy Association (SAWEA) has lodged an official complaint with the National Energy Regulator of South Africa (NERSA) over Eskom’s failure to comply with ministerial determinations. The complaint relates to Eskom’s public refusal to enter into power purchase agreements with Preferred Bidders arising from government’s Renewable Energy Independent Power Produce Procurement Programme. In the event that Eskom is found guilty, SAWEA has requested that NERSA impose the maximum legislated penalty of 10 per cent of Eskom’s annual daily turnover for each day that Eskom continues to delay the programme.

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  • Biotherm Energy, 21 September 2016
    [Corporate PR] Leading African IPP, BioTherm Energy has emerged victorious in the recent 20MW solar tender in Ghana, West Africa. The company was selected as the preferred supplier out of the numerous bids submitted and will build, own and operate the facility on a 20 year PPA basis.
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  • South African Photovoltaic Industry Association, 31 August 2016
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    The credibility of the renewable energy independent power producers (REIPPP) program which has received international acclaim is being threatened by ongoing delays within government departments. The delays are directly affecting the viability of projects in an advanced stage of development and are turning away foreign investors and causing the shutdown of local manufacturing plants, resulting in the loss of hundreds of jobs and potentially thousands more.

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  • Sonnedix, 29 July 2016
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    The 125 hectare, 86MW, Mulilo-Sonnedix-Prieska PV project, in the Northern Cape officially started commercial operation on Friday 22 July, 2016. Construction was completed after only 17 months. Further to developments in Europe, Asia and Americas, the Prieska Solar Plant is Independent Power Producer (IPP) Sonnedix’s first plant in South Africa and the biggest in its fleet.

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