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Wind body seeks right to contest Nersa report on delayed renewables projects
Published: 25 Sep 18
The National Energy Regulator of South Africa (Nersa) Tribunal has invited the South African Wind Energy Association (SAWEA) to present its case this week as to why the tribunal should hear the association’s arguments in opposition to a 2017 Nersa panel report. The document in question concluded that Eskom had not breached its license conditions by delaying, for more than two years, the signing of power purchase agreements (PPAs) for 27 renewable-energy projects procured by government in 2015.
Renewable-energy guide offers insight into maturing African markets
Published: 14 Sep 18
Global law firm DLA Piper has characterised the regulatory environments for renewable-energy projects in 12 African countries in response to developing markets on the continent, says DLA Piper Global co-chair of energy sector Natasha Luther-Jones. Renewable energy projects are becoming increasingly attractive investments and more generation projects are being planned or in development. The guide details some of the key policy objectives for national governments and provides insight into current market conditions and notes some of the projects anticipated to deliver these goals.
Energy Roundup – August 2018 Energy Roundup – August 2018 Has PDF
Published: 03 Aug 18
Creamer Media's Energy Roundup is a monthly report providing a synopsis of energy-related news from South Africa in the past month. The August 2018 roundup covers activities across South Africa in July 2018, and includes details of African renewable-energy development platform and power producer BioTherm Energy reaching financial close on a 284 MW portfolio of wind and solar projects; the City of Cape Town’s plans to implement new renewable-energy projects; and independent power producer Globeleq’s agreement with an affiliate of Brookfield Asset Management to acquire Brookfield’s interest in its South African renewable-energy portfolio.
The elephant in the substation
Published: 20 Jul 18
Everybody knows that renewable energy is great for us all: it is free, it does not pollute, it keeps big bad Eskom on its toes and it  represents huge investments in South Africa. What is there not to love? The bids for various wind power farms (this is the amount for which Eskom has to buy power from the wind farm, anytime, day or night) are in accordance with four 'bidding windows', which were tendered in the last six years. For Bid Window 1, the amount Eskom will have to pay for wind power is R1.14/kWh, on average. It will have to pay R0.90/kWh for Bid Window 2, R0.74/kWh for Bid Window 3 and R0.62/kWh for Bid Window 4.
MMEC conference outlook indicative of state of mining industry
Published: 08 Jun 18
The increase in international participation at the sixth edition of the Mozambique Mining, Energy and Natural Gas Conference (MMEC) reflected the state of the Mozambique mining industry, which is an emerging market, says event organiser AME Trade. The conference was held in Maputo on April 25 and 26, with 74 speakers, 31 exhibitors and more than 830 visitors from 25 countries, including Japan, Spain, Angola and Turkey.
Demand rising for funding for grid-tied renewables
Published: 08 Jun 18
Financing to build renewable-energy systems for use by businesses in South Africa is growing, with many projects showing good financial viability and return on investment, says financial institution Absa renewable-energy head Justin Schmidt. The return on investment for well-designed energy projects is often between three years and five years, but most are grid-tied solutions that are designed around a specific, feasible business case, he emphasises.
Another two South African wind projects reach financial close
Published: 05 Jun 18
A further two South African wind farms, with a combined investment value of R6.6-billion, have reached financial close following the signing of agreements for 27 renewable-energy projects on April 4. Global wind and solar company Mainstream Renewable Power announced on Tuesday that construction of the 140 MW Kangnas Wind Farm, located near Springbok, in the Northern Cape, and the 110 MW Perdekraal East Wind Farm, located 80 km northeast of Ceres, in the Western Cape, should begin in June.
South Africa urged to consider CSP-PV blend to lower cost of dispatchable solar generation
Published: 07 May 18
International technology and infrastructure group Abengoa, which has developed a portfolio of three concentrated solar power (CSP) projects in South Africa, believes blending CSP with solar photovoltaic (PV) technology is the logical next step for lowering CSP costs, while also producing dispatchable solar power. The Spanish group recently completed construction of the 100 MW XiNa Solar One parabolic-trough CSP power station in the Northern Cape town of Pofadder, following a 29-month construction period.
Black-owned energy group disputes notion that renewables programme is anti-transformation
Published: 04 May 18
Black-owned and managed independent power producer (IPP) Pele Green Energy (PGE), which is an active owner and partner in wind and solar projects with a combined capacity of 900 MW, does not agree with prevailing arguments that South Africa’s IPP programmes are failing to deliver on South Africa’s transformation objectives. MD Gqi Raoleka tells Engineering News Online that, while more can always be done to further transformation, the procurement programmes overseen by the Department of Energy and the IPP Office are already structured to ensure that “capable, determined and ambitious black IPPs can exist and thrive”.
Concor targets larger share of infrastructure market as part of big growth push
Published: 30 Apr 18
Wholly black-owned construction group Concor, which marked its first year of operations in April, is aiming to materially increase its share of the public infrastructure market as part of an ambitious plan to increase its order book to R10-billion by 2020. The company, which has a Level 1 Broad-Based Black Economic Empowerment rating, was formed in 2017 after Murray & Roberts (M&R) sold its infrastructure and buildings business to a consortium led by the Southern Palace Group (SPG) for R314-million.
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