Posts tagged as Solar

Solar PV association slams Eskom, points to energy policy failings in SA

  SAPVIA Media Statement: 21 July 2016 “South Africa’s energy mix is expected to shift considerably towards renewables over the next two decades”. That is according to Eskom’s Chairperson, Dr. Ben Ngubane, quoted in the state-owned utility’s media statement released recently of its annual results presentation. The Department of Energy, in a recently published Expression […]

Solar park concept resurfaces in ministerial determination

  The concept of a large solar park, accommodating a substantial solar energy generating capacity was first mooted in 2009, when a proposal to construct a 5 GW solar park in the Upington area was made by the minister of energy. The project has been overshadowed by the success of the REIPPPP, which ran independently […]

Photovoltaic power for Alcatraz

  A commercial-scale micro-grid system was designed and built on Alcatraz Island, San Francisco, US, as a solution to high diesel fuel costs, pollution in the San Francisco bay area, and high carbon emissions. When a ship’s anchor ruptured the underwater power lines which linked the island to San Francisco in 1950, Alcatraz turned to […]

Assessing SA-US renewable energy projects

  A solar park under construction in the heart of the Northern Cape sheds light on a combined solar photovoltaic (PV) and concentrated solar power (CSP) model which sets out to create renewable energy for baseload power. The US Embassy recently invited EE Publisher’s assistant editor Pierre Potgieter on a tour of US funded renewable […]

Own-generation changes the business model for municipalities

  In order to execute on their mandate of procuring and selling electricity in a cost effective and safe manner, municipalities need to remain viable by protecting their revenue income in the face of increasing own-generation schemes. To achieve this, municipalities may have to revise the business models they have used for many years and […]

Solar park concept resurfaces in ministerial determination

  The concept of a large solar park, accommodating a substantial solar energy generating capacity was first mooted in 2009, when a proposal to construct a 5 GW solar park in the Upington area was made by the minister of energy. The project has been overshadowed by the success of the REIPPPP, which ran independently […]

Bifacial PV cell technology increases yield

  Imec, a nano-electronics research centre, has developed a highly efficient bifacial n-PERT (BiPERT) solar cell featuring a bifaciality value close to 100%. With a rear cell efficiency close to the efficiency measured from the front of the cell, the company’s new achievement underscores the ability to strongly enhance the energy yield of photovoltaic (PV) […]

Assessing South African – American renewable energy projects

  Searching the outskirts for a solar baseload model Pierre Potgieter, assistant editor at EE Publishers, is on a week-long tour of South Africa, sponsored by the US Embassy, seeking out various innovative renewable energy projects. The articles below form a diary of his travels. Day 1: Monday 27 June A solar park under construction in […]

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