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Renewable energy development seems to be gaining pace once again in South Africa as the government there recently changed certain rules to expedite installation of projects in the eight Renewable Energy Development Zones of the country. The Ministry of Environmental Read more…


South Africa’s power utility is expected to end its alleged opposition towards procurement of renewable energy from some projects under the country’s auction programme, the energy minister has indicated. Tina Joemat-Pettersson recently stated that the impasse between Eskom and renewable Read more…


The Italian renewable energy giant stated that its subsidiary Enel Green Power RSA commissioned two solar photovoltaic power projects under the Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer Procurement Programme (REIPPPP).


The South African Renewable Energy Council has suggested that the country’s utility may soon face legal action for its decision not to sign fresh power purchase agreements with renewable energy projects.


The project will be developed jointly by SENER and ACCIONA which shall provide engineering, procurement and construction services for the project.


According to the new report released by GlobalData, South Africa has immense potential for wind installations over the next four years. The research and consulting firm GlobalData report states that more than 3 GW wind energy is expected to be Read more…


Eskom has landed the first blow to the South African renewable energy market. SolarReserve-backed concentrated solar power project of 100 MW capacity will not be able to inject power into the grid thanks to a refusal by Eskom to sign Read more…


South Africa’s largest solar power project has now achieved full operational capacity giving a major and yet another boost to the country’s landmark Renewable Energy Independent Power Producers Procurement Programme. Earlier this month, South Africa’s energy minister launched a 90 Read more…


South African researchers say they have developed a low-cost and sustainable housing alternative to the flimsy corrugated iron shacks found in the country’s growing settlements. Developed by an interdisciplinary at Stellenbosch University’s TsamaHUB center, the so-called iShack is insulated with Read more…


The municipality of eThekwini in Durban, South Africa, has greenlighted a new project of solar powered traffic lights. Funded by the state-owned power utility Eskom and implemented by ZRW Mechanika and Saint Gobain Solar, the project uses CIS solar modules Read more…


South Africa, which earlier this month hosted the turbulent climate change conference (COP17) in Durban, has announced it is supporting en.lighten, a global initiative to phase-out inefficient lighting by 2016. South Africa promised to transition


As the United Nations climate change conference rages on, quite literally, in Durban, South Africa, experts from COP17’s host city point to one alternative energy source that could help it mitigate its emissions: solar power. According to Dick Berlijn, of Read more…


The first part of this blog on South Africa looked at the country’s changing attitude to energy and the move to diversify its portfolio of energy generation technologies. Part 2 looks at the South African economy and the government’s drive Read more…


South Africa’s Eskom has secured a $100 million credit facility from French development finance group Agence Française de Développement for financing a wind power project. The loan will be used to finance Eskom’s 100-megawatt Sere Wind Project in Vredendal in Read more…

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