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City of Cape Town gets energy boost with new 1.2 MW private rooftop solar plant

Posted on 07/30/14 in general, General News, No Comments

Engineering News – ONLINE 29 July 2014 A 1.2 MW solar photovoltaic (PV) plant, positioned on the rooftop of a Cape Town office block, would feedexcess electricity into the City of Cape Town’s electrical distribution network. The Black River Park solar project would sell electricity back to the city for 49.72c/kWh – lower than the rate at which the office park buys electricity from the municipality. […]

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Solar revenues set to rise, but supportive policy seen as key driver

Posted on 07/28/14 in general, General News, No Comments

Engineering News ONLINE 25 July 2014 Global revenues from solar energy operations could double from $59.84-billion in 2013 to $137-billion in 2020, new analysis from Frost & Sullivan shows. The consultancy’s ‘Global Solar Power Market’ report says the total global installed solar photovoltaic (PV) capacity stood at 137 GW last year, with growth driven by supportive environmental and energy policies and incentives.  Read […]

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Financial close for third window renewables projects shifted to November

Posted on 07/22/14 in general, General News, No Comments

Engineering News – ONLINE 21 July 2014 Financial close for bid window three under South Africa’s Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer Procurement Programme (REIPPPP) has been extended from the end of July to November, Energy MinisterTina Joemat-Pettersson revealed on Monday. Delivering her Budget Vote in Parliament, the Minister said the decision to shift the deadline had been guided by factors such as the […]

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State mulling Eskom’s ‘comprehensive sustainability plan’

Posted on 07/15/14 in general, General News, No Comments

Engineering News – ONLINE 14 July 2014 State-owned electricity producer Eskom has confirmed that it has handed its ‘comprehensive sustainability plan’ to Public Enterprises Minister Lynne Brown, who is a key participant in an inter-Ministerial process set up to deal with the utility’s financial problems.  Eskom claims to be facing a R225-billion revenue shortfall as a result of having been granted […]

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40 MW solar-tracking PV plant begins producing in N Cape

Posted on 07/11/14 in general, General News, No Comments

Engineering News ONLINE 10 July 2014 Commercial operations have started at Scatec Solar’s 40 MW Linde solar photovoltaic (PV) project, located near Hanover in South Africa’s Northern Cape and incorporating solar-tracking technology. The project is the Norwegian group’s second utility-scale solar PV plant completed under the Department ofEnergy’s (DoE’s) Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer Procurement Programme (REIPPPP) and has increased Scatec’s national installed base to 115 MW.  Read more…

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Africa to benefit from Canada’s renewable-energy expertise

Posted on 06/25/14 in general, General News, No Comments

Engineering News – ONLINE 24 June 2014 Canada, which generates over 77% of its electricity from renewable-energy sources, has a lot to offer African countries in terms of technical skills and expertise in the renewable-energy space, Canadian Minister of International Trade Ed Fast said on Tuesday. He stated that Canadian companies had the experience and technical skills to help sub-Saharan African countries develop […]

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Standard Bank’s total SA renewables underwrite more than R10bn

Posted on 06/25/14 in general, General News, No Comments

Engineering News – ONLINE 24 June 2014 Banking group Standard Bank reports that it has, to date, underwritten more than R10-billion-worth of funding to support the roll out of renewable-energy projects in South Africa. The projects have arisen as a result of the first two bid windows under government’s Renewable EnergyIndependent Power Producer Procurement Programme (REIPPPP). Head of renewables Rentia van Tonder, who previously led the Industrial Development […]

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Infrastructure projects should take lead from ‘successful’ REIPPPP

Posted on 06/25/14 in general, General News, No Comments

Engineering News – ONLINE 24 June 2014 It is critical that South Africa’s strategic infrastructure projects are prioritised and implemented by learning from successful programmes, such as the Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer Procurement Programme (REIPPPP), as the country’s economy continues to slide, in part, owing to persistent and significant infrastructure constraints. Speaking on Tuesday at a Nedbank Capital media roundtable on infrastructure, Nedbank senior economistNicky Weimar said the […]

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Joemat-Pettersson plans to set up energy brains trust

Posted on 06/25/14 in general, General News, No Comments

Engineering News – ONLINE 24 June 2014 Energy Minister Tina Joemat-Pettersson says she will be inviting members of the public to recommend people who can serve on a ‘Ministerial Advisory Council on Energy’, which she proposes to establish soon. “I have decided that, over and above the Department of Energy expertise, as a Ministry we are going to need input from […]

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Municipal infrastructure causes power cuts – Joemat-Pettersson

Posted on 06/24/14 in general, General News, No Comments

Engineering News – ONLINE 23 June 2014 Energy Minister Tina Joemat-Pettersson has blamed municipal infrastructure for some of the power cuts in the country. “Power disruptions are not necessarily… [because of] load-shedding, but in some instances are due to municipalinfrastructure failures,” Joemat-Petterson said at The New Age breakfast briefing on Monday.  Read more  here…  

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