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  • New24Wire, 06 October 2015
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    Solar energy received a boost on Monday, when Energy Minister Tina Joemat-Pettersson announced a new power procurement project in the Northern Cape to deliver 1 500 MW of solar energy. The additional procurement was a Department of Energy legacy project to mark the SA International Renewable Energy Conference taking place in Cape Town this week.

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  • Holle Wlokas & Britta Rennkamp, 06 October 2015
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    Renewable energy is finally a reality in South Africa’s electricity mix. The government’s renewable energy programme has procured 92 solar, wind, hydro and biomass projects. Some of these are already feeding into the national grid. Others meanwhile are in various stages of development.

     

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  • South African Government News Agency, 05 October 2015
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    Africa has the potential of upping its generation of renewable energy from 5% to 22% by 2030 says Adnan Amin, Director-General of the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA). He said as the demand for electricity is projected to grow by 2030, renewable energy would contribute towards the electrifying of households across the continent.

     

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  • South African Government News Agency, 05 October 2015
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    Energy Minister Tina Joemat-Pettersson has announced the ten preferred bidders in the department’s Small Projects Renewable Energy Independent Power Producers (IPPs) Programme. The Minister announced this when she officially opened the South African International Renewable Energy Conference (SAIREC) 2015 which is currently being held in Cape Town.

     

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  • eThekwini Energy Office, 25 September 2015
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    eThekwini Municipality's commitment to mitigate climate change has seen it supporting the University of KwaZulu-Natal (UKZN) to the tune of just under R100 000 to be among 47 teams from 25 countries participating in the 3000 km Bridgestone World Solar Challenge (WSC) to be held in Australia from 18th to 25th October this year. The WSC promotes vehicles powered by energy other than by means of an internal combustion engine and which exhibit innovative automotive technology. It aims to promote the use of renewable energy, the uptake of electric vehicles and photovoltaic technology. Deputy Mayor Nomvuzo Shabalala said "UKZN School of Engineering participation in this competition will better position the City in the climate change space as a city that is responsive on environmental issues since the programme is in-line with our Integrated Development Plan and the Municipal Energy Efficiency Saving Strategy."

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  • eThekwini Energy Office, 18 September 2015
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    In its commitment to adopting renewable energy technologies, the eThekwini Municipality has been given the go-ahead to install solar photovoltaic (PV) panels on the roof-tops of seven Municipal buildings that will convert solar radiation into electricity. This has been decided after a feasibility study by an independent energy consultant.

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  • CRSES, Stellenbosch University, 14 September 2015
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    Concentrated Solar Power (CSP) was given a significant boost as a realistic, cost-effective and clean alternative to fossil fuels with the launch of a pilot CSP facility at Stellenbosch University (SU), demonstrating a new solar collector system, or heliostat field. 

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  • ACCIONA Energía, 11 September 2015
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    ACCIONA Energía, through a consortium in which it holds a majority stake, has put the Gouda Wind Farm into commercial operation with a capacity of 138 MW. This brings its operating portfolio to two following the start-up of the 74 MW Sishen solar photovoltaic plant in 2014.

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  • Kouga Wind Farm, 11 September 2015
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    MEC for Economic Development, Environmental Affairs and Tourism Honourable Sakhumzi Somyo has officially opened the R2bn Kouga Wind Farm at Oyster Bay in the Eastern Cape, with the 32 turbines of the fully commercial operating wind farm adding about 300 GWh per annum of clean renewable energy to the national power grid.

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  • Loeriesfontein 2 Wind Farm and Khobab Wind Farms, 11 September 2015
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    The Northern Cape is taking the lead in the renewable energy space with the majority of the country’s independent renewable energy power projects being located in the province. Not only is this area remarkable in terms of its abundant solar resource, but thanks to its wind resource, has the second highest volume of wind farms in the country.

     

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  • CSIR (South Africa), 19 August 2015
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    A second independent study by the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) found that renewable energy from South Africa's first wind and solar (photovoltaic) projects created R4 billion more financial benefits to the country than they cost during the first six months of 2015.

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  • Vladimir Slivyak, 19 August 2015
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    According to Energy Minister Tina Joemat-Pettersson, the South African government has entered into a nuclear energy procurement process likely to be completed as early as 2016. So far, South Africa has signed Intergovernmental Framework Agreements on nuclear co-operation with Russia, France, China, South Korea and the US.

     

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  • Saliem Fakir, 07 August 2015
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    The furore over the carbon tax in South Africa that is playing itself out both in public and behind closed doors is leading to an impasse. General responses to the carbon tax have tended to be overly dramatic. For example, major emitters and users of fossil fuels say it will abruptly kill their businesses. Those in favour believe that it will lower our dependence on fossil fuels and hold economic benefits in the future.

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  • TM Communications, 04 August 2015
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    Noupoort Wind Farm, situated in the Umsobomvu Local Municipality, in the Northern Cape, has announced the completion of its first foundations. The wind farm finished its first foundation on 19 May, with all 35 foundations due for completion in just a few months from now.

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  • Cennergi, 24 July 2015
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    Cennergi, the cleaner energy company started by coal giant Exxaro and Indian company, Tata Power, has reached another milestone in the construction of its 134.4MW Amakhala Emoyeni Wind Farm project in the Eastern Cape, where 56 N-117 Nordex turbines will produce wind energy for the national electricity grid.

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  • TM Communications, 10 July 2015
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    On the 9th July 2015, a ground-breaking ceremony on the site of the Noupoort Wind Farm was attended by representatives from the community of the surrounding Umsobomvu Local Municipality, including ward counsellors and the mayor. This Northern Cape project is one of the first to start construction as part of the third round of the Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer Procurement Programme (REIPPPP) and is expected to start commercial operation by mid-2016.

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  • Fazila Farouk, 10 July 2015
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    Some parts of our world are already being delivered into a new industrial revolution, but this revolution is one that will likely pass by South Africa due to our continued reliance on fossil fuels and nuclear energy.

    Embracing the forward-thinking technological advancements of the 21st century, the economies of Northern Europe are realigning completely to adapt to new modes of production based on renewable energy. Clean technology is integrating into the digital economy to produce a new industrial model being described as the "third industrial revolution".

     

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  • Arjun Amar, 10 July 2015
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    Many people see wind energy as one of the key solutions to meeting Africa's growing energy demand and mitigating climate change. As a result, wind farms are already under construction or are being planned in many countries across sub-Saharan Africa. But wind farms can pose real threats to bird species, and they have the potential to jeopardise threatened bird populations.

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  • REN21, 18 June 2015
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    Renewable energy targets and other support policies, now in place in 164 countries, powered the growth of solar, wind and other renewable technologies to a record-breaking energy generation capacity last year: about 135 GW of added renewable energy power increasing total installed capacity to 1,712 GW, up 8.5% from the year before. 

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  • Lucy Baker, 10 June 2015
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    South Africa has become one of the leading destinations for renewable energy investment with an estimated R193 billion already committed. But there are question marks over how successful the programme has been in balancing the demands of financial and commercial soundness, and requirements of economic development and community co-ownership.

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  • Steve Thomas, 10 June 2015
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    It would be sensible to acknowledge that a nuclear programme is not viable for resolving South Africa’s energy crisis. Rather, the country should be focusing its attention on how to end electricity blackouts and speed up energy efficiency and renewable energy programmes.

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  • Kenneth Fullerton, 22 May 2015
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    Thabo Kunene is a young South African, an aspiring entrepreneur and recent graduate of the Raymond Ackerman Academy for Entrepreneurial Development at the University of Johannesburg Soweto campus. Like many of his fellow South Africans, he has struggled to find meaningful employment since graduating, yet is passionate about supporting himself and others by starting his own business focused on the provision of renewable energy products and services. According to the 2013 Global Entrepreneurship Monitor South Africa report, entrepreneurial behaviour has never been more important than it is today and it is largely acknowledged that a country's economic prosperity is positively influenced by an active entrepreneurship sector. In many countries, this development is increasingly reliant upon the Small Medium and Micro Enterprise (SMME) sector.
    Ken Fullerton, a Field Specialist for PlaNet Finance based in Johannesburg, recently met with Kunene in order to learn more about many of the challenges young social entrepreneurs in South Africa face and some potential solutions to these challenges.

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  • South African Government News Agency, 12 May 2015
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    The South African Government has commissioned an investigation into the possible impacts and potential mitigation opportunities of shale gas if it is found in the country. “If indeed viable deposits are found in South Africa, shale gas, as a relatively lower carbon energy source, presents significant transformative potential for the South African economy,” Science and Technology Minister Naledi Pandor said on Tuesday in Pretoria.

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  • Staff Writer, 29 April 2015
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    Members of the Tsitsikamma community, business representatives and local government officials celebrated the official sod-turning at the soon-to-be turbine 5 of the Tsitsikamma Community Wind Farm near Wittekleibosch in the Eastern Cape last Friday. The wind farm was first conceived by the late visionary and former political activist, Mike Mcebisi Msizi, long before there was any formal large scale renewable energy programme in South Africa.

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  • Eskom Media Desk, 21 April 2015
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    Eskom's Sere Wind Farm near Vredendal in the Western Cape achieved its full commercial operational capacity of a 100 MW on 31 March 2015. The achievement of this milestone is in line with the commitments made by Eskom in terms of both time and cost and the result of successful interaction between Eskom and its contractors.

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