A case study of climate variability effects on wind resources in South Africa

  South Africa is a signatory to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC); and is committed to reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by 42% by 2025 [1]. Apart from the climate change question, the necessity for the expansion and tweaking of South Africa’s energy resource industry has been marked by the electricity […]

First solar-powered EV charging station in South Africa

  The first solar photovoltaic (PV) powered electric vehicle (EV) charging station in South Africa was launched on 16 March 2015. The station, which is part of a 9 kW installation, is located on the premises of the South African-German chamber of commerce and industry (SAGCC), in Forest town Johannesburg. The system, which is considered […]

Save fuel and money with renewables in the midst of an energy crisis

  The national media has seen a flood of reports on the performance of the new renewable energy systems installed under the REIPPP, based on a press release issued by the CSIR. The release reports a savings in both fuel and costs, giving a net savings of R800-million in 2014. This article is a summary […]

Suspect solar panels stunt growth of community crèche

  The opening of a community crèche as reported in October 2014 (www.ee.co.za/article/shaping-future-roots.html), was greeted with great expectations. The crèche is regarded as a major benefit the community and as a successful social upliftment programme. The performance of the main solar power system has been less than encouraging, and has affected the functioning of the […]

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