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Solar Industry Remains Largest Renewable Energy Employer In The World: IRENA

Posted on 05/26/16 in Downloads, general, General News, No Comments

The solar PV industry remained the largest renewable energy employer in 2015, with 2.8 million jobs worldwide – an 11% rise over 2014, according to a new report released by the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA). The report, titled “Renewable Energy and Jobs – Annual Review 2016,” finds solar employment grew in Japan and the […]

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Emperors Palace launches rooftop solar PV plant

Posted on 05/26/16 in general, General News, No Comments

Engineering News – ONLINE 18 May 2016 The construction of one of the largest rooftop solar photovoltaic (PV) plants in South Africa at Emperors Palace, in Boksburg, Gauteng, is 50% complete, with first power supply to Emperors Palace expected to start next week. Read more here…

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Renewables have disappointed us – Molefe

Posted on 05/24/16 in general, General News, No Comments

MoneyWeb 12 May 2016 Renewable energy has failed to provide energy when Eskom most needed it, Eskom CEO Brian Molefe said on Thursday. Speaking at its quarterly State of the System briefing in Cape Town, Molefe said renewable energy is like a very old cellphone. The technology has not yet developed enough for it to […]

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Renewables: Eskom sets the record straight

Posted on 05/19/16 in general, General News, No Comments

IOL 18 May 2016 Eskom yesterday moved to clarify its chief executive Brian Molefe’s recent comments about the failure of renewable energy projects to deliver electricity capacity during peak periods when power demand spikes. The utility said it supported the renewable energy projects and currently had long-term contracts with 47 renewable energy projects. Eskom spokesman […]

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Molefe’s negative renewables comments attract yet more criticism

Posted on 05/17/16 in general, General News, No Comments

Engineering News – ONLINE 16 May 2016 Eskom CEO Brian Molefe’s negative comments regarding the performance of renewable energy in South Africa continued to attract criticism on Monday, with a solar photovoltaic (PV) industry body describing Molefe’s views as “ill-informed at best, and misleading at worst”.  Read more here…

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SA to add 100MW solar power to national grid in 2018

Posted on 05/13/16 in general, General News, No Comments

BD Live 12 May 2016 French group Engie has signed a 20-year power purchase deal with power utility Eskom to connect 100MW of solar power to the national grid in 2018 from its Kathu Solar plant. Eskom, which provides virtually all of SA’s power, faces a funding crunch as it races to bring new power […]

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SA energy minister gives update on national energy plans

Posted on 05/13/16 in general, No Comments

ESI Africa 12 May 2016 On Wednesday, South African Energy Minister, Tina Joemat-Pettersson mooted the 2016 budget speech in Parliament, where she highlighted that Independent Power Producers’ (IPPs) capacity, under the Renewable Energy Independent Power Producers Programme (REIPPPP), is expected to grow to about 7,000MW.  Read more here…  

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Minister Tina Joemat-Pettersson: Energy Dept Budget Speech Vote 2016/17

Posted on 05/13/16 in Downloads, general, General News, No Comments

Minister Tina Joemat-Pettersson delivered the DoE’s 2016/7 Budget Speech in Parliament on Wednesday, 11 May 2016.  To download  a copy, click here

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DoE tests market appetite for three new public-private solar parks

Posted on 05/13/16 in general, General News, No Comments

Engineering News – ONLINE 11 May 2016 The Department of Energy (DoE) indicated on Wednesday that it would canvass the appetite of independent power producers (IPPs) to develop, finance, construct and operate three new Northern Cape solar parks, of between 400 MW and 700 MW in size, in partnership with State-owned companies (SoCs).  Read more […]

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Tallying the benefits of South Africa’s Renewable Energy Power Producer’s Procurement Programme

Posted on 05/10/16 in general, General News, No Comments

Engineering News – ONLINE 09 May 2016 As energy investors eagerly await announcements of the preferred bidders in the latest round of South Africa’s renewable IPP programme – the so-called expedited bid window – it is worth reflecting on the successes of the country’s Renewable Energy Power Producer’s Procurement Programme (REIPPPP) and why it has […]

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