Archive for July, 2016

What’s the future for IPPs in South Africa?

  It is most unfair that Eskom now wants to ditch the coal-fired IPPs, when in fact they will be much more useful than the renewables. Moreover, it would be illuminating to see how much cheaper and faster IPP-owned coal-fired power stations can be commissioned than Eskom’s efforts. Coal IPPs should have been the first […]

Seeing through the gloom: seeking stability after subsidy cuts

  The UK has entered a highly uncertain period following the vote for Brexit, but uncertainty was a defining characteristic of the outlook for the solar industry even before the EU referendum.  Concerns about solar investment will be exacerbated by the country’s decision to leave the European Union (EU) and the expectation of a turbulent period […]

PV plant in Prieska achieves commercial operation

  The 125 ha, 86 MW, Mulilo-Sonnedix-Prieska PV project in the Northern Cape officially started commercial operation on 22 July 2016. Construction was completed after only 17 months. The Prieska-based solar plant is independent power producer (IPP) Sonnedix’s first plant in South Africa and the biggest in its international fleet. The project was developed in […]