CSP set to grow in South Africa

  Concentrated Solar Power (CSP) stands to increase substantially – up to 3300 MW – at the expense of wind capacity, with new proposed changes to the Integrated Resource Plan (IRP). The South African CSP market could become 1,5 times bigger than the current largest market, Spain. The Department of Energy called for public comment […]

Partnership for supplying energy to remote African islands

  Of the world’s fifty-two small island developing states (SIDS), six are in Africa. They include: Cape Verde, Comoros, Guinea Bissau, Mauritius, São Tomé and Príncipe, and Seychelles. These countries range in size from the smallest, Seychelles, which is composed of 115 small islands representing the largest number among African SIDS, to the largest, Guinea […]

Solar-powered toll gates for Zimbabwe

  While South African taxpayers cried foul at their government for failing to explore all options on e-tolling, Zimbabwe raced ahead to lead the world with the first installation of 22 solar-powered tollgates this year. This solar power initiative falls within the country’s plan to upgrade its road transport services as part of an overall […]

Technical advisor for 50 MW CSP plant

  Mott MacDonald has been appointed as lenders’ technical advisor for a concentrated solar power (CSP) plant located in Groblershoop, Northern Cape. The 50 MW facility will enhance the country’s electricity supply resilience, minimise CO2 emissions and offset demand during grid peak power periods through its record-size thermal storage. The plant, known as Bokpoort, is […]

Converting beetle-killed trees into biofuel

  The US Department of Agriculture (USDA) recently announced that it has awarded nearly $10-million to an academic, industry, and government consortium led by Colorado State University to study the major challenges limiting the use of insect-killed trees in the Rockies as a sustainable feedstock for bioenergy. The award was made by USDA’s National Institute […]

Supplying energy to remote African islands

  Six of the world’s 52 small-island developing states (SIDS) are in Africa, viz.: Cape Verde, Comoros, Guinea Bissau, Mauritius, São Tomé and Príncipe, and Seychelles. These countries range in size from the smallest, Seychelles, which is composed of 115 small islands, to the largest, Guinea Bissau, which has almost 80 islands. At least 300 […]

NGO powers African villages

  Innovation Africa, a non-profit NGO, is supplying photovoltaic (PV) equipment to power small water-pumping stations, medical clinics, schools and orphanages in many African villages. The organisation, which has completed 59 projects in four African countries, is currently working on a project to provide light and cellphone recharging stations at a village school in Limpopo […]

Pigs to power homes

  Organic waste from pigs on a farm in Leicestershire, UK, is helping to power an estimated 700 homes and reduce landfill waste by 18,000 tonnes each year. The pig waste, combined with other food waste, is being used to produce biogas capable of generating the equivalent of around 1,2 MW of electricity which is […]

Local manufacturer wins contract for PV modules

  ARTsolar has been awarded a contract for the supply of photovoltaic (PV) modules in the second-round of the government’s R100-billion Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer Programme (REIPPP). Mark Walsh, the company’s managing director, says that the contract is the first in the REIPPP to be awarded to a majority South African owned PV module […]

Solar business leader for southern Africa appointed

James Shirley heads up the solar business unit for southern Africa at Schneider Electric. This includes providing the link between the locally located Schneider Electric office in Midrand and the company’s international offices, in order to bring the global specialist’s knowledge and experience southern African staff, partners and customers. Under his official title as solar […]