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  • WWF South Africa, 29 July 2016
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    WWF South Africa welcomes the Minister of Finance Pravin Gordhan’s stance on energy policy after he reaffirmed government’s commitment to keeping renewable energy in the mix through its renewable energy independent power producers procurement (REIPP) programme. This comes as players in the energy sector have expressed concern over an apparent backtrack by Eskom on the procurement of power from IPPs on cost grounds, with potentially devastating consequences for the country’s renewable energy programme.

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  • Cennergi, 29 July 2016
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    Cennergi (Pty) Ltd, the South African based 50:50 joint venture between Exxaro Resources and Tata Power, achieved Commercial Operations for its 134 MW Amakhala Emoyeni Wind Farm Project this week. Cennergi was selected as the "Preferred Bidder" for two wind projects under the second window of the Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer Procurement Programme (REIPPPP) by the South African government. The company’s second wind project is also expected to go into commercial operations shortly.

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  • Noupoort Wind Farm, 14 July 2016
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    Noupoort Wind Farm has achieved its Commercial Operations Date (COD) on schedule and on budget, making it the first wind farm to successfully achieve operation as part of the third round of the Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer Procurement Programme (REIPPPP). All 35 turbines of this ZAR1.9billion, 80MW wind farm, have been commissioned and connected to the Eskom grid, with the project satisfying all of Eskom’s requirements on 11 July 2016.  “We are thrilled to have reached this milestone on target and to have met all Eskom’s requirements including Grid Code Compliance, thereby achieving COD just 17 months after construction commenced,” said Savva Antoniadis, Country Programme Manager for Noupoort Wind Farm.

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  • Sonnedix & juwi RE with edits, 07 April 2016
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    The Mulilo-Sonnedix-Prieska PV project, a 125 hectare solar PV project valued at R1.3 billion and situated 50km south-west of Prieska in the Northern Cape, is nearing completion on schedule and within budget. The 86MW project, which covers an area equal to 125 football or rugby fields, will produce enough power to supply 86 000 average South African homes.

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  • Noupoort Wind Farm with edits, 07 April 2016
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    According to Noupoort Wind Farm, all of the project’s thirty five turbines are now installed as the project looks towards its planned Commercial Operations Date in July this year. Turbine installation crew, BMS and Fairwind, began the erection of the turbines in December last year. With foundation bolts in place and the concrete foundation cured, a turbine takes a day to erect under favourable weather conditions. 

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  • Abengoa, 30 March 2016
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    Abengoa, together with the Industrial Development Corporation (IDC) and Khi Community Trust, has successfully completed 24 consecutive hours of commercial solar thermal power plant operation, solely powered by solar energy, in its Khi Solar One plant near Upington.

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  • Phelan Energy Group, 18 March 2016
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    South African Energy Minister, Ms Tina Joemat-Pettersson, inaugurated the 175MW Solar Capital facility located in De Aar in the Northern Cape, making it the largest solar farm completed to date in the Southern Hemisphere, Africa and the Middle East region.

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  • ACWA Power, 18 March 2016
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    Trade Ministers from South Africa and Saudi Arabia jointly inaugurated the Bokpoort Concentrated Solar Power (CSP) Project, which has been developed by a consortium led by ACWA Power in the Northern Cape Province of South Africa, marking the official launch of the R5 billion project.

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  • Lucy Baker & Jesse Burton, 15 March 2016
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    South Africa has made domestic and international commitments to climate change mitigation. But the country continues to depend on coal-fired power plants, which provide 92% of its electricity. A key challenge for the country in dealing with electricity shortages is that the bulk of power comes from coal, which is harmful for the environment and local communities.

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  • Prof. Wikus van Niekerk, 15 March 2016
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    The Centre for Renewable and Sustainable Energy Studies hosted a very successful workshop on the Economics of Nuclear Energy with the WWF, the Heinrich Böll Foundation and the Goedgedacht Forum on 9 March 2016 in Johannesburg.

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  • Airports Company South Africa, 26 February 2016
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    Airports Company South Africa has launched its first 200 square meter solar power plant at George Airport in the Western Cape, further demonstrating its commitment to clean energy generation and sustainability. George Airport is Africa’s first, and currently the only regional airport in South Africa, to be powered through solar energy.

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  • Noupoort Wind Farm, 25 February 2016
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    Noupoort Wind Farm, in the Northern Cape, has announced that the wind farm is now connected to the Eskom grid and commissioning of wind turbines has commenced. “We energised the substation on 12 February and the first turbines on 23 February, marking a pivotal point in the construction of the wind farm as we begin the process of testing,” explained Martina Flanagan, Project Manager of Noupoort Wind Farm.

     

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  • Noupoort Wind Farm, 08 December 2015
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    Noupoort Wind Farm, in the Northern Cape, has announced that it has completed the erection of the first of its thirty-five wind turbines. This is a pivotal point in the construction of the wind farm, with the next major construction milestone being the energisation of the substation.

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  • David Richard Walwyn, 27 November 2015
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    There has been a rapid decline in the costs of solar and wind power, to such an extent that both technologies are now cheaper than nuclear or coal. This development will radically transform global electricity generation networks.

     

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  • Jeffreys Bay Wind Farm, 27 November 2015
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    Young leaners are benefiting through collaborative efforts of the government and the private sector. According to the Institute of Training and Education for Capacity Building, an NPO situated in East London, Jeffreys Bay Wind Farm’s Foundation Phase Reading Coaches Support Programme,  is an example of how well the public and private sector can work together to benefit society.  “Education is a societal duty and the responsibility not only of government, but also of civil society. The effects of our history on the fabric of our whole society, including education, have been so profound that it will take the efforts of all sectors to build a stronger education system,” said Ms Barbara Valentine, Research and Development for Institute of Training and Education for Capacity Building.

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  • eThekwini Energy Office, 27 November 2015
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    The eThekwini Municipality is now one of only two African cities that is compliant with the ‘Compact of Mayors’, a group of cities, led by their mayors, from around the world that are committed to decreasing Greenhouse Gas Emissions and enhancing resilience in the face of climate change, while monitoring progress on a public platform

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  • Loeriesfontein Wind Farm, 27 November 2015
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    Loeriesfontein Wind Farm has announced that its wind turbine foundations are utilising one of the world’s lowest quantities of Portland cement in the concrete formulation.  The foundations are designed using an 89% replacement of cement, resulting in, what we believe to be, one of the world’s lowest carbon footprints for any wind farm foundation; according to research scientist, and head of Murray & Roberts’ Concrete Centre for Excellence, Cyril Attwell.

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  • Stephen Forder, 06 November 2015
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    Wind energy leaders were recognised for their contributions to the industry last night at an awards dinner for more than 300 guests held as part of Windaba 2015, the South African Wind Energy Association's (SAWEA) annual conference.

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  • Hartmut Winkler, 05 November 2015
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    It has been an eventful year in South Africa, characterised by power cuts, parliamentary confrontations about wasteful expenditure and student fee protests. There has, however, been a massive elephant in the room that has impacted all these issues but enjoyed surprisingly scarce attention. The idea, vigorously driven by government, is for the country to build nuclear plants with an expected price tag of one trillion rand.

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  • South African Wind Energy Association (SAWEA), 04 November 2015
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    Speaking at Windaba 2015’s opening session, Head of the Independent Power Producer’s Office, Karen Breytenbach, emphasised a number of statistics showing the widespread benefits of wind energy, including the huge savings to our precious water resource brought about by the use of renewable energy resources.: “For each kilowatt hour of renewable energy that displaces fossil fuels in the national grid, 1.2 litres of water will be saved. At full operation of the entire portfolio, the programme will save 52 million litres of water per annum, another fact that cannot be ignored”.

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  • South African Wind Energy Association (SAWEA), 04 November 2015
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    In the year that wind power helped to keep South Africa's lights on at a cost less than zero, approximately five hundred international and local delegates are gathering in Cape Town to discuss the accomplishments, challenges and future of South Africa's flourishing wind energy sector.

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  • Mainstream Renewable Power, 21 October 2015
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    Global wind and solar company, Mainstream Renewable Power, today started overseeing the transportation of wind turbine tower sections from the GRI - Renweable Industries manufacturing facility near Cape Town to the Noupoort Wind Farm site in South Africa's Northern Cape. Mainstream is currently building three wind farms in the country's Northern Cape which have a combined capacity of 360 megawatts. All 157 wind turbine towers for the three wind farms are being manufactured by GRI - Renewable Industries at a manufacturing facility located in Atlantis.

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  • Noupoort Wind farm, 20 October 2015
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    Noupoort Wind Farm commenced with the transportation of the various turbine components on 19 October, with the first wind turbine tower sections departing from Atlantis, Cape Town and wind turbine blades leaving from the Port of Ngqura, in Port Elizabeth, both en route to Noupoort in the Northern Cape.

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  • Louise Tait, 12 October 2015
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    Africa is experiencing a massive flow of people into urban areas. This is happening in major urban centres such as Lagos, Accra and Dar es Salaam as well as in smaller and secondary cities. The pace at which this urban growth is happening inevitably puts strain on city authorities. The supply of services and developing infrastructure is vital for human and economic development.

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  • News24Wire, 06 October 2015
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    Africa could generate nearly a quarter of its energy needs through the use of indigenous, clean, renewable energy by 2030, according to a new report by the International Renewable Energy Agency (Irena). The report, entitled Africa 2030, finds that a combination of modern renewable technology could realistically meet 22% of Africa’s energy needs by 2030, a more than a fourfold increase from just 5% in 2013.

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