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Give solar power a chance

Posted on 03/26/15 in general, General News, No Comments

Business Report 25 March 2015 The solar power industry is ready to install 2 000MW of electricity every year for the next five years to help ease the country’s electricity crisis – and has called on the government to increase the amount of renewable energy it will allow private companies to produce for the national […]

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Eskom wants 25.3% tariff increase

Posted on 03/20/15 in general, General News, No Comments

Moneyweb 20 March 2015 Eskom’s electricity tariffs may increase by 25.3% from April 1 this year for its direct customers and July 1 for municipal customers if an application to the national regulator is approved. The increase has the full support of government’s war room.  Read more here…

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Request for Eskom tariff increase of more than 25%

Posted on 03/20/15 in general, General News, No Comments

Business Day LIVE 20 March 2015 ESKOM wants tariffs to go up 25.3% from July 1 — double the expected hike — and plans to ask the National Energy Regulator of SA to process a new application. Tariffs were expected to go up 12,69% in 2015-16, but Eskom had asked for an additional increase to […]

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Renewables group homes in on South Africa’s embedded solar market

Posted on 03/20/15 in general, General News, No Comments

Engineering News –   ONLINE 18 March 2015 Renewable energy project specialist juwi Renewable Energies, which has participated in five South African utility-scale solar photovoltaic (PV) projects with a combined capacity of more than 120 MW, reports that it is gearing up to aggressively pursue embedded solar generation opportunities that are set to arise in the country’s commercial and industrial sectors. […]

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MAN SA unveils R15m solar rooftop system at Durban plant

Posted on 03/20/15 in general, General News, No Comments

Engineering News – Online 18 March 2015 MAN Truck & Bus South Africa (MTBSA) on Tuesday unveiled a grid-connected solar photovoltaic (PV) rooftop system at its assembly facility in Durban, making it the first carbon-neutral MAN plant in the world. The 580 kW, 2 320-panel, 6 300 m2 system is capable of generating around 810 000 kWh of power a year, providing a surplus of energy that can be supplied […]

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PIC puts R5bn into Northern Cape renewable energy projects

Posted on 03/20/15 in general, General News, No Comments

Business Day LIVE 19 March 2015 RENEWABLE energy projects received a boost with the announcement on Wednesday of two new solar power plants to be built in the Northern Cape. The Public Investment Corporation (PIC) will invest R4.4bn, buying a 20% stake in each plant and providing debt funding for both totalling R600m. Worth R22bn, […]

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RAMAPHOSA: END IN SIGHT FOR SA’S ENERGY CRISIS

Posted on 03/20/15 in general, General News, No Comments

EWN  19 March 2015 Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa says there’s light at the end of the tunnel for South Africa’s energy crisis. Ramaphosa heads up cabinet’s war room which is driving a five-point plan aimed at getting more energy into the national grid, curbing demand for electricity, and ensuring Eskom gets the necessary maintenance work done.  Read more here…

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SAPVIA’s 14th Networking Event: 22 October 2014

Posted on 03/09/15 in general, Networking Events, No Comments

Sponsored by: SAPVIA held it’s 14th Networking Event on 22 October 2014 at Protea Balalaika, Johannesburg.  SAPVIA’s Chairperson, Davin Chown lead the day’s proceedings with an update on the Association’s activities and strategy going forward, followed by the Manufacturer’s Subcommittee Chair, Wido Schnabel who gave insight on recent developments.   Thereafter a presentation by Sakkie Leimecke, Head: Energy, […]

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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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Finance Minister’s budget speech caps an important week for solar PV in South Africa

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

In his first full budget speech, Finance Minister Nhlanhla Nene referred to the government’s 9 strategic priorities, which we first at the state of the nation address (SONA) on 12 February 2015. The solar PV sector has already been hard at work, in partnership with the government, contributing towards most of these priorities. Examples include: […]

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