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South African investors bulk financiers of renewable energy success

Posted on 10/27/14 in general, General News, No Comments

Engineering News – ONLINE 24 October 2014 South Africa’s financial institutions have been instrumental in funding the bulk of the projects under the Department of Energy’s multibillion-rand Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer Procurement Programme (REIPPPP), delegates heard at the Solar Indaba, in Sandton, on Friday. The REIPPPP has progressed through four bidding rounds, enabling selected independent power producers to connect renewable energy projects to the country’s […]

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Giant Flag construction to start next year

Posted on 10/24/14 in general, General News, No Comments

Engineering News – ONLINE 24 October 2014 Construction of a R170-million Giant Flag project, in the Camdeboo municipal area of the Karoo, is scheduled to start early next year, creating more than 700 jobs in the area. The 66 ha South African flag would be made up of 2.5-million coloured succulents and a 4 MW […]

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Lending criteria for solar PV projects not inflexible, says consultancy

Posted on 10/24/14 in general, General News, No Comments

Engineering News – ONLINE 24 October 2014 Cash-hungry solar photovoltaic (PV) projects in sub-Saharan Africa are largely assessed by lenders on a case-by-case technical basis and, while some standard technical and nontechnical aspects would be required to reach financial close, these are not entirely inflexible, Mott MacDonald business developer and project manager Javier Relancio said on Thursday. “[We] try to get it out […]

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‘Hype’ surrounding PV microgrids in Africa justified – Canadian Solar

Posted on 10/24/14 in general, General News, Member News, No Comments

Engineering News – ONLINE  23 October 2014 Photovoltaic (PV) microgrids are increasingly emerging as favourable off-grid power options for the electrification of rural settlements and remote industrial operations in Africa, largely owing to a continued increasing of the diesel price coupled with the mainstreaming of PV technologies, microgrid producer Canadian Solar strategic accounts head Trevor de Vries has asserted. Defending the increasing “hype” around microgrids, he told the Solar Indaba on […]

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Govt, solar energy sector to engage over industry ‘master plan’

Posted on 10/24/14 in general, General News, No Comments

Engineering News – ONLINE 23 October 2014 Relevant government departments and solar industry stakeholders represented by the South African Photovoltaic Industy Association (Sapvia) are due to meet next week in Kimberley, in the Northern Cape, to decisively bed down an industry “master plan” that would guide the growth and regulation of the industry over the next […]

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Eskom warns on IPP connections as it defers some transmission capex

Posted on 10/16/14 in general, General News, No Comments

Engineering News – ONLNE 10 October 2014 State-owned power utility Eskom has made significant changes to its transmission infrastructure expansion plan for the coming ten years, owing to financial constraints that made its previous plan “no longer realistic”. Group executive for transmission Mongezi Ntsokolo reported on Friday that the latest Transmission Development Plan (TDP), covering the period from 2015 to 2024, had been […]

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ESKOM DISMISSES CLAIMS POWER CRISIS COULD LAST UNTIL 2020

Posted on 10/03/14 in general, General News, No Comments

EWN 03 October 2014   JOHANNESBURG – Eskom says the length of the power crisis will depend on several factors and not just on when the new Medupi andKusile Power Stations come on line. Yesterday, National Planning Commission member Professor Anton Eberhard, said the power crisis could last until 2020 because that’s when the new stations will reach full capacity. […]

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Call made for commission of inquiry into South Africa’s power crisis

Posted on 10/03/14 in general, General News, No Comments

Engineering News – ONLINE 02 October 2014 A respected energy-policy academic has called on President Jacob Zuma to appoint a commission of inquiry into South Africa’s worst electricity crisis in 40 years and to offer policy proposals for reformingEskom and the sector. Writing in the Business Day, Anton Eberhard, who is professor of management of infrastructure reform and regulation at the University of Cape Town’s Graduate […]

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WWF research demonstrates renewable energy growth opportunities in SA

Posted on 10/02/14 in Downloads, general, No Comments

The World Wide Fund for Nature South Africa (WWF-SA) has always advocated in favour of renewable energy as a necessity to combatting climate change and increasingly expensive fossil-fuel generated electricity. Our previous work has shown that investing in renewable energy, together with energy efficiency in industry, will provide cheaper electricity by 2020 than further investment […]

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Mazars Renewable Energy Networking Event: Tax and Commercial Presentations

Posted on 10/02/14 in Downloads, general, General News, No Comments

GreenCape, Mazars and Cliffe Dekker Hofmeyr recently partnered together for a networking event on Tax and Commercial Matters Pertaining to the Renewable Energy Sector. Mike Mulcahy, GreenCape, gave an update on the progress of the Atlantis SEZ; Tessa Brewis, Cliffe Dekker Hofmeyr, presented on the secondary market for REIPPP renewable energy projects in South Africa; and Mike Teuchert, Mazars, […]

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