Posts tagged as Solar

Getting wind and sun onto the grid

  Wind and solar PV capacity has grown very rapidly in many countries, thanks to supportive policy, and dramatic falls in technology cost. By the end of 2015, these technologies – collectively referred to as variable renewable energy (VRE) – had reached double-digit shares of annual electricity generation in ten countries. This is the executive […]

Does the need for flexibility spell the end for “baseloadism”?

  Electricity demand in South Africa has changed dramatically over the last eight years. New demand profiles call for more flexibility in electricity generation, while environmental concerns and new technologies make energy efficiency and renewable energy sources more popular. Speaking at a meeting of the Society for Automation, Instrumentation, Measurement and Control (SAIMC) recently, Chris […]

Top solar PV module provider in 2016

  JinkoSolar overtook Trina Solar in terms of solar photovoltaic (PV) module shipments in 2016, with shipments of 6,6 to 6,7 GW of PV modules compared to Trina’s 6 to 6,55 GW, according to research and consulting firm GlobalData. The company, which estimates that the global solar PV market was valued at $39,7-billion in 2016, states […]

Rethinking energy, 2017

  Renewable energy is a fundamental and growing part of the world’s ongoing energy transformation. Governments all over the world are joining that consensus. The use of renewables is their prime choice for enhancing access to affordable, reliable and cleaner sources of modern energy services. This is the executive summary of IRENA’s new report “REthinking […]

Off-grid and mini-grid market outlook, Q1 2017

  This is the inaugural issue of a quarterly assessment of the latest developments in distributed energy and electrification in emerging or remote markets. The most noteworthy recent development has been two investments from Africa-focused private equity funds in pay-as-you-go solar home system companies, which are increasingly viewed as a new category of infrastructure investment. […]

Eskom bemoans the cost of renewable energy

  Eskom says that while it acknowledges the positive role played by the renewable energy programme in the reduction of load shedding to the benefit to the South African economy, the cost of this programme amounted to R9-billion in 2016. Click here to read the CSIR’s response to the claims made by Eskom Click here to […]

CSIR methodology to quantify the fuel-saver effect of new power generators in SA

  This is a response by the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) to a media statement issued by Eskom on 10 January 2017, which makes reference to a methodology that was developed by the CSIR in 2015 to assess the fuelsaving effect of a new power generator in a constrained power system. Value of a […]