AfDB teams up with international organisation to drive solar development in Africa

Engineering News ONLINE 19 March 2018 The African Development Bank (AfDB) has signed a joint declaration with the International Solar Alliance (ISA) to promote the development of solar energy in Africa. The joint declaration recognises the bank’s leadership in working with several parties, including governments, the private sector and bilateral and multilateral energy sector initiatives to develop the Transformative Partnership on Energy for Africa. Read full story here..

Enel starts conversion to new PV panel manufacturing technology at Italy factory

Engineering News ONLINE 19 March 2018 Multinational renewable-energycorporation Enel Green Power has started a technology conversion projectat its 3SUN factory, in Catania, Italy, to enable the facility to become the exclusive manufacturer of heterojunction technology (HJT) bifacial photovoltaic (PV) panels. The HJT bifacial PV panels feature the junction of two different kinds of silicon – amorphous and crystalline – allowing for particularly high yields.  Read full story here…  

15 MW Essakane hybrid plant inaugurated in Burkina Faso

Engineering News ONLINE 20 March 2018 The 15 MW Essakane solar plant, in northern Burkina Faso, has been officially opened.  The photovoltaic (PV) plant will supply electricity to Iamgold’s Essakane gold mine. Read full story here…

The transition to a low carbon future must be rapid, and must be for everyone

In response to the interdict sought to stop yesterday’s signature of the Power Purchase Agreements (PPAs) for 27 renewable independent power producer procurement programme (REIPPPP) projects, the Life After Coal Campaign emphasises the urgent need for a rapid, but just transition from coal to a low carbon future. Read full article here

Media Statement: Minister Jeff Radebe on Independent Power Producer Programmes [CDH-CDH.FID3131937]

Media statement by the Honourable Jeff Radebe, Minister of Energy on the Independent Power Producer Programmes On 8 March 2018, I announced that the Power Purchase Agreements and Implementation Agreements of the 27 Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer Projects (REIPPP) under Bid Window 3.5 and Bid Window 4 will be signed on 13 March 2018. On the evening of Monday, 12 March 2018, two non-governmental organisations, Transform RSA NPC and National Union of Metal Workers of South Africa (“NUMSA”) approached the High Court, Pretoria on extreme urgent basis, and on a mere one hour notice to the Minister and Eskom as respondents. It is an order interdicting and restraining Eskom from concluding the twenty seven renewable energy Independent Power Producer Projects (“IPP”) including the powe...

Numsa supports renewable energy, wants job security

Engineering News ONLINE 16 March 2018 The National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa (Numsa) on Thursday said its opposition to Eskom’s power purchase agreements with independent power producers (IPPs) was because the State had not consulted workers on the impact of the deal. Read full story here…

NUM welcomes delay in signing of agreements with IPPs

Engineering News ONLINE 15 March 2018 The National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) on Wednesday welcomed government’s decision, on Tuesday, to hold off on the signing of power purchase agreements with 27 independent power producers (IPPs). Read the full story here…

Numsa wins 11th-hour bid to stop Eskom’s IPP deal

Business Day 13 March 2018 An urgent court interdict was granted overnight to temporarily prevent Eskom from signing a deal that unions believe will lead to job losses and an increase in electricity prices. The National Union of Metalworkers of SA (Numsa) together with Transform RSA obtained the interdict at the High Court in Johannesburg on Monday night to prevent Eskom from concluding the outstanding renewable energy independent power producer (IPP) products‚ including the power purchase agreements. Read full story here…



Media Statement by Minister Jeff Radebe, Minister of Energy on the Independent Power Producer Programmes 8 March 2018

The Minister of Energy, Mr Jeff Radebe, announced in parliament on Thursday, 08 March 2018,  that the project agreements of the 27 Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer Projects (REIPPP), including the power purchase agreements with Eskom, will be signed on Tuesday, 13 March 2018 with the full support of the President and his Cabinet colleagues the Ministers of Finance and Public Enterprises as well as Eskom. Click here to view the full statement.

Mozambique: large-scale solar plant reaches financial close

Scatec Solar, KLP Norfund Investments and Electricidade de Mozambique (EDM) have closed debt financing and initiated construction of a 40MW solar plant located close to the city of Mocuba in the Zambézia Province. “EDM is very pleased that the Mocuba Solar IPP project has reached financial close through a well-structured public-private partnership between EDM, Scatec Solar and Norfund, and with excellent support from IFC and EAIF as lenders, as well as the government of Norway”, said EDM’s chairman and CEO, Dr Mateus Magala. Read the full story here….

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