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South Africa seen as attractive market amid surging global solar PV deployment

Posted on 06/24/16 in general, General News, No Comments

Engineering News – ONLINE 24 June 2016 A new study assessing the future role of solar photovoltaics (PV) in the global electricity system suggests that the technology’s installed base could grow to between 1 760 GW and 2 500 GW by 2030 and identifies South Africa as among the most attractive markets for deployment.  Read […]

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Posted on 06/21/16 in Downloads, general, General News, No Comments

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Roundtable Conversation Series – Economic Development in REIPPPP Supporting sound community trusts – establishment, governance and operations

Posted on 06/17/16 in Current Activities, Downloads, general, No Comments

Supporting sound community trusts- establishment, governance and operations, hosted at the Industrial Development Corporation on the 23rd May 2016. Renewables projects have to comply with socio-economic development (SED) and enterprise development (ED) and also local ownership obligations. The latter requires projects to establish a legal entity representing a beneficiary community. Most projects opt to establish […]

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Green power investing brightens returns in SA

Posted on 06/02/16 in general, General News, No Comments

IOL 01 June 2016 A programme that’s making South Africa the top destination for green-power investments across the continent and the Middle East is not only easing an electricity crisis: returns are beating those in bonds and stocks. The Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer Procurement Programme secured about $12.5 billion since 2011 and will attract […]

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Swiss, French agencies establish €3m programme to help finance S African renewable-energy projects

Posted on 05/31/16 in general, General News, No Comments

Engineering News – ONLINE 27 May 2017 The Swiss State Secretariat for Economic Affairs (Seco) and Agence Française de Développement  (AFD) have agreed on a €3-million technical assistance programme to assist banks in financing small-scale renewable-energy and energy efficiency projects in South Africa.  Read more here…

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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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