Map of solar in South Africa reveals key development trends

  A map showing all of the photovoltaic projects awarded under the government’s renewable energy independent power producer programme (REIPPPP) programme in South Africa has been released. The map, which was produced by PV-Insider, has for the first time collated information from the first three rounds of the REIPPPP about the project size, the location […]

Power developments in Africa, June 2014

  Cameroon plants get new owner Actis has signed an agreement with American energy giant, AES, to acquire the majority interest in three power assets in Cameroon for $220-million. This gives Actis a 56% stake in Cameroon’s national integrated utility, Société Nationale d’Electricité (SONEL), and in two independent power plants, Kribi and Dibamba. SONEL provides […]

Project overview: Droogfontein solar farm

  Sixteen km north of Kimberley, near the town of Riverton, just off the N12 freeway, is the small community of Droogfontein. The local community established the Droogfontein Community Property Association (CPA) which agreed to lease 100 hectare of its land to a consortium consisting of Globelec, an international renewable power company, and the Droogfontein […]

South Africa’s LV network unprepared for bi-directional power flows

  Delivering the SANEA lecture to an audience of about 100 at the Sasol auditorium in Rosebank, Johannesburg on the evening of 13 May 2014, Dr. Hendri Geldenhuys, a corporate specialist in smart grid technology at Eskom, discussed the importance of embedded generation (also known as distributed generation) to the overall energy supply in South […]

Cancelling bonuses and increasing tariffs won’t fix Eskom’s problems

  Eskom’s senior executives will not take their annual bonuses for the financial year 2013/14. The utility’s interim CEO, Collin Matjila, says that this decision was made as part of Eskom’s efforts to cut costs in light of the projected R225-billion revenue shortfall over the five-year period 2013 – 2018. The decision to forgo bonuses […]

SA’s renewable energy IPP procurement programme: Success factors and lessons

  This is an Executive Summary of the World Bank report Download the full World Bank report here South Africa occupies a central position in the global debate regarding the most effective policy instruments to accelerate and sustain private investment in renewable energy. In 2009, the government began exploring feed-in tariffs (FITs) for renewable energy, […]