Supplying energy to remote African islands

  Six of the world’s 52 small-island developing states (SIDS) are in Africa, viz.: Cape Verde, Comoros, Guinea Bissau, Mauritius, São Tomé and Príncipe, and Seychelles. These countries range in size from the smallest, Seychelles, which is composed of 115 small islands, to the largest, Guinea Bissau, which has almost 80 islands. At least 300 […]

NGO powers African villages

  Innovation Africa, a non-profit NGO, is supplying photovoltaic (PV) equipment to power small water-pumping stations, medical clinics, schools and orphanages in many African villages. The organisation, which has completed 59 projects in four African countries, is currently working on a project to provide light and cellphone recharging stations at a village school in Limpopo […]

Pigs to power homes

  Organic waste from pigs on a farm in Leicestershire, UK, is helping to power an estimated 700 homes and reduce landfill waste by 18,000 tonnes each year. The pig waste, combined with other food waste, is being used to produce biogas capable of generating the equivalent of around 1,2 MW of electricity which is […]

Local manufacturer wins contract for PV modules

  ARTsolar has been awarded a contract for the supply of photovoltaic (PV) modules in the second-round of the government’s R100-billion Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer Programme (REIPPP). Mark Walsh, the company’s managing director, says that the contract is the first in the REIPPP to be awarded to a majority South African owned PV module […]

Solar business leader for southern Africa appointed

James Shirley heads up the solar business unit for southern Africa at Schneider Electric. This includes providing the link between the locally located Schneider Electric office in Midrand and the company’s international offices, in order to bring the global specialist’s knowledge and experience southern African staff, partners and customers. Under his official title as solar […]

150 homes to get solar power by year-end

Half Moon Ventures has announced the ground-breaking of its first stand-alone utility scale solar energy project in the city of Jefferson, Wisconsin, USA. The EPC contract was awarded to S&C Electric Company for the construction of the project, which is expected to enter into service by the end of the year. The solar energy facility […]

R9-billion wind projects to start next year

A consortium led by global wind and solar company Mainstream Renewable Power has been awarded preferred bidder status by the Department of Energy (DoE) for three large-scale wind energy projects in the Northern Cape with a total generation capacity of 360 MW. The award was made under the third round of the REIPPP programme. The […]

International CSP conference in South Africa this year

  CSP Today South Africa will take place on the 8 – 9 April 2014 at the Southern Sun hotel in Cape Town. This year’s agenda combines a mix of local and international experts to help to overcome key financial and technological challenges, addressing the most critical topics in order to achieve cost reduction and […]

First solar plant to supply Eskom with power in Kimberley area

Droogfontein Solar Power will be the first solar plant to supply Eskom with power in the Kimberley area, and one of the first solar projects to export power in South Africa. This is a milestone for the region and will ensure that the project remains on schedule. The export of power to the Eskom grid […]

Foreign-funded solar park in the Free State

SunEdison announced the groundbreaking and financial closure of the 66 MW Boshof Solar Park, which the company was awarded from round two of the REIPPP. Pashupathy Gopalan, the company’s president and managing director, told a press conference recently that the company had received R2,4-billion in funding for the project from the Overseas Private Investment Corporation […]