Can we supply 100% of our energy needs from renewable sources?

Is there enough space for all the wind turbines and solar panels to provide all our energy needs?  What happens when the sun doesn’t shine and the wind doesn’t blow?  Won’t renewables destabilise the grid and cause blackouts? In a review paper published in the high-ranking journal Renewable and Sustainable Energy Reviews last year, Benjamin […]

Working hard to develop the industry

Davin Chown, the South African Photovoltaic Industry Association’s (SAPVIA’s) chairperson, says that while the recent signing of the 27 power-purchase agreements has ushered in many a sigh of relief, what happens next with the Expedited Round, the Small IPP Programme and the IRP (which will be up for another round of consultation before being made […]

Industry-assisted technical training the way forward for SA

The government has committed itself to intensify its focus on the training of young people in technical artisan trades to reduce unemployment and foster entrepreneurship in South Africa. Speaking at the launch of the Technical Education for Communities (TEC) initiative at the Sedibeng Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) college in Sebokeng recently, Naledi […]

Eskom restructuring debate: Videos, slide presentations, summary article and outcomes

Following the open public debate on 10 May 2018 on the restructuring of Eskom entitled: “Should Eskom be restructured, and if so how and when?”, we have pleasure in providing a comprehensive record of the debate, including: videos of the presentations; a summary article of the debate; the full slide deck of all presentations at […]

Studying the evolution of the electricity grid and opportunities for the future

GO15, a voluntary initiative of the world’s 19 largest power grid operators representing more than 70% of the world’s electricity suppliers, has announced a study of three key areas to ensure future operational and economic sustainability for the transmission and system operator industry. Thava Govender, the president of GO15, addressing energy experts at the transmission […]

Outcomes of debate: Should Eskom be restructured and if so how and when?

An open public debate, attended by approximately 250 people in Midrand recently, discussed various options on the future of Eskom. A vote at the end of the debate showed that 70% of those present voted in favour of a deep and decisive restructuring of Eskom, while only 14% voted that the power utility should continue […]