R9-billion wind projects to start next year

A consortium led by global wind and solar company Mainstream Renewable Power has been awarded preferred bidder status by the Department of Energy (DoE) for three large-scale wind energy projects in the Northern Cape with a total generation capacity of 360 MW. The award was made under the third round of the REIPPP programme. The […]

International CSP conference in South Africa this year

  CSP Today South Africa will take place on the 8 – 9 April 2014 at the Southern Sun hotel in Cape Town. This year’s agenda combines a mix of local and international experts to help to overcome key financial and technological challenges, addressing the most critical topics in order to achieve cost reduction and […]

First solar plant to supply Eskom with power in Kimberley area

Droogfontein Solar Power will be the first solar plant to supply Eskom with power in the Kimberley area, and one of the first solar projects to export power in South Africa. This is a milestone for the region and will ensure that the project remains on schedule. The export of power to the Eskom grid […]

Foreign-funded solar park in the Free State

SunEdison announced the groundbreaking and financial closure of the 66 MW Boshof Solar Park, which the company was awarded from round two of the REIPPP. Pashupathy Gopalan, the company’s president and managing director, told a press conference recently that the company had received R2,4-billion in funding for the project from the Overseas Private Investment Corporation […]

Solar firm reaches cost reduction milestone

In issuing third quarter 2013 financial results, thin-film market leader First Solar reported its largest quarterly decline in its CdTe module cost per watt since 2007. As a result of its manufacturing cost reduction program, highlighted earlier in the year at its Analyst Day event, the company said it had successfully met significant milestones in […]

More biogas production registered

The National Energy Regulator of South Africa (NERSA) has announced that it has approved the registration of six biogas production operations at Izimpongo Village, Melmoth, and Mgwabi Village at Eshowe in rural KwaZulu-Natal. This brings the total number of  gas production operations which have been registered by NERSA to 38 since 2011. Section 28 of […]

Northern Cape solar project achieves construction milestone

De Aar Solar Power achieved a major milestone this week when it installed its final solar panel.  Over 167 000 solar panels have been installed on the project in the last five months, making it one of the few IPPs of this scale to reach this construction target in the Northern Cape area. During the […]

Creating high performance buildings

Artur Socha, Buildings Division product manager at Schneider Electric South Africa, says that buildings are no longer simply there to house employees and run businesses. Energy efficiency has become part of the overall business strategy, resulting in executives having to look beyond their core business, identifying how the building functions and operates and how space […]

Largest PV in the agricultural sector

SolarWorld Africa together with EPC partner African Technical Innovations, has commenced supply and installation of Southern Africa’s largest agricultural rooftop photovoltaic (PV) system for Ceres Fruit Growers. The 4060 polycrystalline panels are being installed on four north-facing roofs of the customer’s coldrooms. The system will supply the refrigeration compressor rooms during the peak season. The […]

Motor supply contract renewed

Sasol has contracted Zest Electric Motors, part of the Zest WEG Group, for the supply of low voltage electric motors. Gary Daines, the company’s director for sales and marketing, said that the contract covers Sasol’s sites in Sasolburg and Secunda, as well as Sasol Mining and includes products developed to meet the specific needs of […]