Posts tagged as Solar

Smart grids to reduce costs and improve service

In his opening address at the SAIEE’s Smart Grid Conference recently, the president of the South African Institute of Electrical Engineers (SAIEE), Jacob Machinjike, said that a smart grid infrastructure would provide unique opportunities for improved electricity services which would benefit people in Africa.   The conference, which was held at the Eskom Convention Centre […]

A “just” transition to a lower-carbon economy

Despite knowing that both coal mines and coal-fires power stations have a finite life, it speaks to poor planning and the poor implementation of policy in South Africa that nothing has been done to address what comes after or to deal with the need to transition to a lower-carbon economy. Misinformation in statements published by […]

New solar plants now powering whole of Northern Cape

With yet another renewable energy (RE) project completed on time and on budget, one has to wonder why the Departments of Energy (DoE) and Public Enterprises (DPE) tolerate Eskom’s continued refusal to sign additional power producer agreements. This especially since the latest REIPPP energy price bids that Eskom refuse to sign are so much lower […]

Another South African solar thermal plant completed

  Abengoa has completed Xina Solar One, its third solar thermal plant in South Africa. Xina, a 100 MW plant, uses parabolic trough technology to generate renewable power from the sun. It also features a thermal energy storage system using molten salts which can store sufficient energy for a further 5,5 hours supply, thereby assisting […]

Hybrid energy solutions a global focus for sub-Sarahan Africa

  Having recently returned from the Africa Energy Forum 2017 in Copenhagen, I was amazed at how much momentum there is internationally in the support of renewable energy. There was clearly no shortage of talking points for the approximately 2500 delegates, and it seems clear that independent power producers (IPPs) who were part of the […]

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