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More than 70 bids received for fourth renewables bid window

Posted on 02/25/15 in general, General News, No Comments

Engineering News – ONLINE 24 February 2015 Energy Minister Tina Joemat-Pettersson confirmed on Tuesday that 77 bids were received by the August 18, 2014, submission deadline for the fourth bid window under government’s Renewable  Power Producer Procurement Programme (REIPPPP) and that, with the evaluation process complete, an announcement of the preferred bidders was “imminent”. Read more…

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Solar power for SA’s economic powerhouse – SAPVIA welcomes Premier Makhura’s commitment

Posted on 02/25/15 in general, General News, Press Releases, No Comments

“We are installing roof top solar panels for all our government buildings. Our estimate is that we…will be able to generate 300-500 megawatts of electricity”, says Gauteng Premier, Mr David Makhura, in his 2015 State of the Province Address (SOPA). The South African Photovoltaic Industry Association (SAPVIA) welcomes this commitment from the Premier of South […]

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Govt reveals beneficiaries of electrification spend

Posted on 02/17/15 in general, General News, No Comments

Engineering News ONLINE 16 February 2015 President Jacob Zuma revealed in his State of the Nation Address last week that a number of municipalities would continue to benefit from government’s electrification programmes, pointing out that 3.4-million households still did not have access to electricity.  Read more…  

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Eskom war room fixed with restoring plant availability, but stabilisation could be 30 months off

Posted on 02/17/15 in general, General News, No Comments

Engineering News – ONLINE 17 February 2015 There is currently no shortage of electricity capacity in South Africa, Department of Energy(DoE) acting director-general Dr Wolsey Barnard acknowledged on Tuesday. However, the availability of the country’s installed base had fallen materially, narrowing the supply-demand balance to the point where Eskom was resorting to rotational load shedding to ensure that an unplanned blackout was avoided. […]

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South Africa renewables: Industry reveals its benefits

Posted on 02/05/15 in Downloads, general, General News, No Comments

Africa Energy Issue 293 • 29 January 2015 New figures show renewable energy as the one bright spot in South Africa’s deeply troubled power sector. With  around 1,600MW of wind and solar now supplying the grid, the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research calculates that renewable power resulted in fuel savings and other economic benefits totalling […]

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CSIR report welcomed by SA renewables bodies

Posted on 02/04/15 in general, General News, No Comments

The Energy Blog 29 January 2015 The South African Renewable Energy Council welcomes the conclusions of a recent CSIR report showing that the net cost of South Africa’s renewable energy in 2014 was less than zero and reiterates that the industry is willing, ready and able to do much more to ease the country’s electricity […]

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Eskom, govt drag feet on distributed generators

Posted on 02/03/15 in general, General News, No Comments

IT WEB 29 January 2015 Though SA is experiencing dire electricity shortages, the country is taking its time to standardise the use of embedded or distributed generators.  So says Frank Spencer, chair of the Embedded Generation Sub-Committee of the South African Photovoltaic Industry Association (SAPVIA).  Read more…

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Eskom to implement Stage 1 load shedding

Posted on 02/03/15 in general, General News, No Comments

FIN24 03 February 2015 Eskom announced on Tuesday that it will implement Stage 1 load shedding from 10:00 to 22:00.   Stage one rolling power cuts will be implemented on Tuesday morning, the power utility said.  Read more….

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ACSA invests in solar energy for regional airports

Posted on 02/03/15 in general, General News, No Comments

Engineering News ONLINE 02 February 2015 Airports Company South Arica (ACSA) has called on interested parties to bid for the design of two 500 KWp photovoltaic (PV) solar plants, for installation at its Upington International and its Kimberley airports respectively. ACSA regional airports GM Yvette Schoeman told Engineering News Online that this formed part of the company’s plan to install solar energy plants at […]

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ESKOM IMPLEMENTS LOAD SHEDDING

Posted on 01/27/15 in general, General News, No Comments

EYEWITNESS NEWS 26 January 2015 Power utility Eskom has begun implementing load shedding.  Read more…  

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