Posts tagged as electricity

Eskom is unsustainable in its present form

Eskom’s road to sustainability will be long, hard and painful. The power utility is facing severe challenges financially and operationally. The risk of load shedding in the coming months remains fairly high; the cost of keeping the lights on will further impact financial performance; and tough decisions are necessary to achieve full recovery. That’s the […]

Is renewable energy really the future? Industry bodies say it is

In a presentation to the Regenesys Business School in Johannesburg recently, Busi Nxumalo, the vice chair of the South African Photovoltaic Industry Association (SAPVIA), said that renewable energy is a key element in South Africa’s economic growth plan. Renewable energy has been included in the Department of Energy’s integrated resource plan (IRP) for electricity from […]

Affordable home solar kit

The Voltex Group has launched the Voltex Home Solar kit, a complete solution for electrical contractors wishing to provide efficient domestic installations. It is also an affordable option for the homeowner. The 5 kW VHS kit comes with 15 x 265 Wt solar panels and a 4000 W LiFePO4 battery. Voltex supplies a backboard prewired […]

Case study: Grid parity analysis of a PV-BESS hybrid

A proprietary technical and economic model was used to determine the optimal sizing of a grid-connected PV-BESS (solar PV and battery energy storage system) combination for a mine under development and located in the Northern Cape. This article presents the analysis of grid parity dynamics based on the levelised cost of electricity (LCOE) concept to […]

Light at the end of the tunnel? Eskom reveals recovery plan

Eskom’s new chief executive officer, Phakamani Hadebe, says the board has approved a turnaround strategy which will address the power utility’s major difficulties. The institution has compiled a 9-point recovery plan which is designed to overcome problems in its generation division and enable the power utility to meet its obligations to provide a reliable supply […]

Eskom’s coal stockpiles deteriorate further

Eskom’s coal stockpile situation has deteriorated further, with five power stations having less than 10 days’ stock. Interventions to stabilise the coal supply may only have a positive impact by March next year. This means Eskom is entering the rainy season in Mpumalanga extremely exposed and that load shedding is a real risk, Eskom spokesperson Khulu […]

Power developments in Africa, Nov-Dec 2018

Universal electrification becoming a reality Kenya’s Lake Turkana Wind Farm is making the promise of nationwide access to electricity a reality. Electrification rates have reportedly increased from 28% in 2013 to 60% in 2017. The rate is expected to reach 80% by 2020. Lake Turkana Wind Farm is the biggest in Africa, with a generating […]

Wind farm changes hands

Enertrag South Africa has acquired 100% of the shares of Darling Wind Power from Clean Energy Africa Investments, adding 5,2 MW of operational wind assets to its existing pipeline of projects under development, including the partnership agreement signed earlier this year with a local renewables company to jointly develop 1800 MW of wind energy projects […]