PPA signings open up a sustainable energy vision for South Africa, Africa – Juwi

Engineering News ONLINE 16 April 2018 The power purchase agreements (PPAs) signed by State-owned power utility Eskom earlier this month ended three years of waiting and uncertainty and it is a significant step towards a truly sustainable energy vision for South Africa and Africa as a whole, says solar energy equipment supplier Juwi. Read the full article here…

Radebe says signing of 27 IPP agreements a ‘new dawn’ for renewables in South Africa

Engineering News ONLINE 04 April 2018 Agreements opening the way for the construction of 27 renewable-energy independent power producer (IPP) projects, with a combined investment value of R56-billion and a combined capacity of 2 300 MW, were finally signed on Wednesday April 4, after a confidence-sapping delay of over two years.  Read full article here….

Radebe finally signs R58bn renewable energy deals

ITWeb 04 April 2018 The renewable energy industry has welcomed the signing of the long-waited power purchase agreements (PPAs) worth about R58 billion. This afternoon energy minister, Jeff Radebe, finally signed the outstanding 27 renewable energy projects with independent power producers. Read the full article here…

Court rejects Numsa’s urgent bid to block IPP signing

FIN24 29 March 2018 The high court has rejected an urgent application to interdict the signing of 27 outstanding renewable independent power producer (IPP) projects. The North Gauteng High Court on Thursday struck the application by the National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa (Numsa) and Transform RSA from the roll, Numsa spokesperson Phakamile Hlubi confirmed to Fin24 by phone. The union will study the judgment to decide if it wants to pursue the matter further.  Read full article here.


EWN  29 March 2018 The High Court in Pretoria has ruled against the National Union of Metalworkers (Numsa) who had applied for an urgent application to stop the Energy Minister Jeff Radebe from signing contracts with Independent Power Producers (IPP).  Read full article here.

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…

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