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Embedded Electricity Solutions

Investment firm launches solar-focused funding

By: Nadine Ramdass     27th October 2023 Investment firm Bravura Energy has launched a Solar Fund for the exclusive investment in solar photovoltaic (PV) projects. The fund generates income through triple net power purchase agreements (PPAs) with solar providers.   The fund is aimed at businesses that manage PPAs, including engineering,... 

Projects driven by regulatory improvements

By: Nadine Ramdass     27th October 2023 Embedded electricity projects are increasing in size and complexity, owing to improvements in regulations. A wider variety of power solutions, capitalising on the benefits offered by independent power producers (IPPs), are available to address client requirements, says IPP Sturdee Energy... 

An image of a solar plant by Sturdee Energy
FOCUSED ON THE FUTURE Sturdee Energy is excited to be in the financial close process of two 10 MW projects that will be starting construction shortly

Miner focuses on improving energy capacity, sustainability

By: Nadine Ramdass     27th October 2023 Gold producer Gold Fields plans to increase its embedded electricity generation capacity through wind energy at its South Deep operation in Gauteng.  Further, the company is in talks with State-owned power utility Eskom to feed surplus electricity into the grid, says Gold Fields executive VP... 

An image of works installing solar panel at the South Deep Khanyisa Solar Plant
BUILDING CAPACITY Gold Fields aims to develop an optimum energy mix

Embedded generation threshold increase drives PPAs

By: Nadine Ramdass     27th October 2023 Increasing the threshold for embedded projects has been the biggest positive policy change in unblocking private power purchase agreements (PPAs) and stimulating South Africa’s energy transition, says financial institution Nedbank Corporate and Investment Banking (CIB) energy finance head Amith... 

Amendment Bill to realise embedded capacity

By: Tracy Hancock     28th October 2022 The Electricity Regulation Amendment Bill is expected to realise significant local embedded generation capacity growth by removing the cap on the licensing threshold, but the current version of South Africa’s Integrated Resource Plan (IRP) is a limiting factor. The amendment of Schedule 2 of the... 

POTENTIAL IMPEDIMENT
The Integrated Resource Plan 2019 limits local embedded generation procurement to 500 MW/y from 2023 to 2030
POTENTIAL IMPEDIMENT The Integrated Resource Plan 2019 limits local embedded generation procurement to 500 MW/y from 2023 to 2030

Loadshedding impacting on embedded generation uptake

By: Tracy Hancock     28th October 2022 While loadshedding is driving the uptake of embedded electricity solutions, it is also deemed obstructive by renewable-energy solutions company Solareff, owing to the financial implications for clients seeking to invest in large, industrial rooftop or ground-mounted solar photovoltaic (PV)... 

SUSTAINABLE SHOPPING
Completed in January last year, the 1 219 kWp grid-tied solar PV parkade solution with generator integration at the Eastgate Shopping Mall will yield a significant electricity saving
SUSTAINABLE SHOPPING Completed in January last year, the 1 219 kWp grid-tied solar PV parkade solution with generator integration at the Eastgate Shopping Mall will yield a significant electricity saving

CoCT ahead in SSEG capacity locally

By: Tracy Hancock     28th October 2022 While the City of Cape Town’s (CoCT’s) small-scale embedded generation (SSEG) capacity is ahead of the curve compared with other local municipalities, there is still a lot of work to be done, says CoCT Energy MMC Councillor Beverley van Reenen. “With State-owned power utility Eskom’s incredibly... 

POWERING CHANGE
As of August this year, the City of Cape Town had 85.8 MVA of approved, commissioned grid-tied small-scale embedded generation
POWERING CHANGE As of August this year, the City of Cape Town had 85.8 MVA of approved, commissioned grid-tied small-scale embedded generation

Private power generation creates multiple benefits

By: Theresa Bhowan-Rajah     22nd October 2021 The South African economy will benefit from the recent change in regulation that enables private organisations to invest in larger power-generation infrastructure, says natural gas producer Renergen. “The economy will benefit through the upfront monetary expenditure by private companies on power... 

Renergen CEO Stefano Marani standing
STEFANO MARANI Solar’s peak power generation is when the grid needs only moderate power

Repurposed EV batteries aids in power storage

By: Theresa Bhowan-Rajah     22nd October 2021 Energy storage solutions are a viable approach in assisting with embedded-electricity solutions, and one such solution is using repurposed electric vehicle (EV) battery cells, battery equipment supplier REVOV tells Engineering News. “Automotive-grade cells are manufactured specifically for use in... 

image of REVOV MD Lance Dickerson
LANCE DICKERSON Stationary storage applications change the high throughput requirement and optimise the requirement to provide a lower throughput over a longer period

Going ‘off the grid’ can have consequences

22nd October 2021 The recent announcement by the President to lift the limit on the self-generation of power from 1 MW to 100 MW, is a gamechanger for industries such as mining, farming, retail, healthcare and manufacturing. Off the back of this announcement, some companies such as private hospital groups have... 

Positive outcome from government’s amendment to embedded generation

22nd October 2021 Renewable energy producer Genesis Eco Energy states that the promulgation of the Electricity Regulation Act (ERA) amendment, gazetted August 20, 2021, surprised many. “Business had been calling for an increase from the 1 MW limitation for years but the Department of Mineral Resources and Energy... 

Energy storage key to embedded electricity solutions

By: Theresa Bhowan-Rajah     22nd October 2021 Amid the discussions around embedded electricity solutions, battery equipment supplier REVOV states that it is important to include energy storage and its solutions in these discussions. Energy storage in renewable-energy and embedded-electricity solutions addresses the time domain – electricity... 

a home installation of REVOV batteries
POWERED UP REVOV states that it is important to include energy storage and its solutions in embedded electricity solution discussions

Development pipeline increased to 9 GW

By: Theresa Bhowan-Rajah     22nd October 2021 With renewable energy developer Mainstream Renewable Power (RP) already responsible for developing wind and solar assets contributing 850 MW of power to South Africa’s grid, the company is currently involved in developing new projects that will contribute up to 9 GW of power to the grid.... 

aerial shot of Noupoort wind farm
HEAVY WINDED Currently, Mainstream RP is in the developmental stages of about 9 GW in wind and solar energy projects across almost all provinces

Company provides renewable energy solutions

22nd October 2021 Last year, South African engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) company Lesedi Nuclear Services (LNS) established a 100% held subsidiary called Lesedi Renewables Africa (RA) to offer tailormade renewable solutions to clients. Lesedi RA is technology agnostic and offers appropriate... 

Head shot of LNS business development executive Shane Pereira
SHANE PEREIRA Lesedi RA is technology agnostic and offers appropriate technologies and hybrid solutions

Energy saving proves uncertain

22nd October 2021 Uncertainty seems to be the only certainty when it comes to the security of South Africa’s electricity supply and associated utility costs.   

image of TEPM CEO Richard Purser
RICHARD PURSER There are a myriad of ways in which large energy consumers can better manage their processes and energy spend

Matola LNG import terminal on track for 2024 gas supply

22nd October 2021 The front-end engineering design (FEED) for the Beluluane Gas Company (BGC) liquified natural gas (LNG) import terminal project – being developed by Southern African energy group Gigajoule, French energy multinational TotalEnergies, and Mozambican natural gas distributor Matola Gas Company (MGC)... 

Matola LNG image

Foundry company converts to renewable energy

22nd October 2021 The recent announcement by government that “own generation of power” without the requirement for a license had been increased from 1 MW to 100 MW was well received by industry as a whole. Foundry and engineering company Thos Begbie is looking into the viability of incorporating solar power as the... 

Chasing long term Rands in the Private Energy Market

21st October 2021 Introduction to the private energy market: The private energy market is characterised by the sale of energy by independent power producers to private offtakers. The projects are generally known as captive power projects. The energy purchased by the buyers can either be connected “behind the... 

Table 1: Non-exhaustive list of upcoming projects in the private sector
Table 1: Non-exhaustive list of upcoming projects in the private sector
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