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Nordex Energy South Africa progresses impactful internship programme

By: Marleny Arnoldi     27th May 2024 Original-equipment manufacturer Nordex Energy South Africa (Nesa) is progressing well with an internship programme for promising young engineers and technicians across three provinces. The programme, which was launched in November last year, aims to build a skilled pipeline of technicians in the... 

Eskom seeks to reserve grid capacity for publicly procured IPP projects  

By: Creamer Media Reporter      24th May 2024 Engineering News editor Terence Creamer discusses Eskom's application to the National Energy Regulator of South Africa, seeking permission to preserve and reserve grid capacity for publicly procured IPP projects, as well as the implications should permission be granted. 

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Eskom seeks to reserve grid capacity for publicly procured IPP projects

Energy trader reports strong market demand for green electricity from 210 MW Hendrina Wind Farm 

By: Terence Creamer     20th May 2024 Newly formed electricity trader Apollo Africa reports that it is experiencing strong demand from potential customers for the renewable electricity that will be produced from the grid-ready 210 MW Hendrina Wind Farm, being developed by Enertrag in the Mpumalanga province. Apollo Africa, which is... 

Apollo Africa MD Jenna Harris
Apollo Africa MD Jenna Harris

Organisers expect record attendance at event

By: Halima Frost     10th May 2024 With ballooning foot traffic, demonstrated by an increase in attendance of 81% from 2022 to 2023, the organisers of this year’s Enlit Africa anticipate a “bumper event that will be attended by global dignitaries and industry leaders”. The Enlit Africa 2024 will be held at the Cape Town... 

A man standing on a podium at last years Enlit Africa Event
TAKING TO THE FUTURE This years Enlit Africa theme – Less Talk, More Action – aims to encourage attendees and speakers to move away from talk in favour of action and implementatio

Deadline for latest battery procurement also extended as IPPs adjust to Eskom’s new grid access rules 

By: Terence Creamer     9th May 2024 The deadline for South Africa’s recently launched third battery energy storage bidding round, or bid window three (BW3), has been extended by three months to October 31, following a recent deadline extension for the concurrent second battery bidding round from April 30 to June 6. Independent... 

Battery storage

Genuine progress, not electioneering, behind the easing of loadshedding, council says 

By: Darren Parker     9th May 2024 The current loadshedding reprieve is not a result of excessive diesel burning to pacify voters but rather a consequence of government and business coming together to made headway in solving South Africa’s electricity crisis, Energy Council of South Africa (ECSA) CEO James Mackay has said.... 

pylon at sunset

Renewables provided record 30% of global electricity in 2023, Ember says

By: Reuters     8th May 2024 Growth in solar and wind power pushed renewable generation to a record 30% of global electricity production in 2023, putting a global target to triple renewable capacity by 2030 within sight, a report by think tank Ember said. Cutting fossil fuel use and emissions in the power sector is seen as... 

A graph showing the share of hydropower, solar and wind electricity generation growth

Climate commission model points to the growth potential of green industrialisation 

By: Terence Creamer     6th May 2024 The initial direct cost of placing South Africa on an energy transition pathway over the coming five years in line with its decarbonisation targets is calculated at a hefty R1.5-trillion in the Just Energy Transition Investment Plan (JET-IP). Less visible, however, are the socioeconomic costs... 

Wind and solar

Wind energy critical to bolster energy capacity – SAWEA

By: Sabrina Jardim     3rd May 2024 Despite recent efforts to bolster electricity generation capacity, the path to energy security remains full of obstacles. The integration of renewable energy, particularly wind power, is critical to these efforts, says the South African Wind Energy Association (SAWEA). 

SAWEA CEO Niveshen Govender
SAWEA CEO Niveshen Govender

New Mulilo CEO says South Africa’s renewables, storage markets poised for exponential growth

By: Terence Creamer     2nd May 2024 Independent power producer Mulilo reports that Jan Fourie has officially assumed the role of CEO, where he will oversee the company’s growth ambitions in South Africa’s public-procurement and private-offtake markets for both renewable energy and battery storage. Fourie, who is an electrical... 

Mulilo chairperson Jan Oberholzer with new CEO Jan Fourie
Mulilo chairperson Jan Oberholzer with new CEO Jan Fourie

UK-Morocco renewable energy link plan gets $10.2m boost

By: Bloomberg     30th April 2024 GE Vernova invested $10.2-million in Xlinks First, the UK company planning a massive renewable power project in Morocco and a 4 000 km undersea cable to deliver the energy to Britain. The investment helped close the latest funding round for Xlinks First, capping $110-million raised to date,... 

EDF Renewables, partners building 1.2 GW of low-carbon power capacity

By: Darren Parker     26th April 2024 EDF Renewables is currently leading the construction of almost 1.2 GW of low-carbon power generation capacity in South Africa, comprised of 763 MW of wind power, 355 MW of solar photovoltaic (PV) and 75 MW of battery storage. This new build programme comprises eight sites across the Northern and... 

Wind turbines being erected at one of Koruson 1 sites

Tumble in storage battery costs to boost shift to renewables, says IEA

By: Reuters     25th April 2024 An expected sharp fall in battery costs for energy storage in coming years will accelerate the shift to renewable energy from fossil fuels, the International Energy Agency (IEA) said on Thursday. While renewable energy by itself is already much cheaper than coal and gas-fired plants, weather can... 

IEA executive director Fatih Birol
IEA executive director Fatih Birol

South Africa aims to set up three JET-aligned skills development zones 

By: Terence Creamer     24th April 2024 Three Just Energy Transition (JET) skills development zones focusing on renewables and grids, electric vehicles and green hydrogen value chains are proposed for implementation under the larger JET Investment Plan (JET-IP), for which pledges of $11.5-billion have been made by several developed... 

Workers unstalling solar panels

Red Rocket of South Africa hires Goldman to explore sale option

By: Bloomberg     24th April 2024 Red Rocket, a South African independent power provider, hired Goldman Sachs Group to advise on the next steps for the closely held business – including a possible sale. Shareholders of the Cape Town-based company “have decided to explore strategic options,” for the business, CEO Matteo Brambilla... 

The Tororo solar plant in Uganda

SAWEA gearing up for seventh WindAc Africa conference

By: Darren Parker     22nd April 2024 The seventh yearly WindAc Africa conference, organised by the South African Wind Energy Association (SAWEA), is drawing near. It will take place from October 1 to 3 at the Cape Town International Convention Centre (CTICC), running concurrently with the Windaba Conference and Exhibition. 

wind turbines

Major global utilities announce joint intent to scale renewables capacity by 2030 

By: Sabrina Jardim     19th April 2024 The Utilities for Net Zero Alliance (Uneza) has adopted a roadmap to 2030, targeting a total increase of renewable energy capacity within their portfolios to 749 GW by 2030, an increase of 2.5 times relative to 2023. The alliance members’ joint renewables ambition was announced this week... 

Efforts to boost local manufacture of renewable energy components  

By: Creamer Media Reporter      19th April 2024 Engineering News editor Terence Creamer discusses South Africa's plans to stimulate local manufacturing around solar, wind and batteries. 

Efforts to boost local manufacture of renewable energy components
Efforts to boost local manufacture of renewable energy components

Wind industry achieves record year, but more work required to reach renewables target

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     17th April 2024 The global wind industry installed a record 117 GW of new capacity in 2023, making it the best year ever for new wind energy, the Global Wind Energy Council (GWEC) states in its ‘Global Wind Report 2024’. Despite a turbulent political and macroeconomic environment, the report finds that the wind... 

An image showing key points from a GWEC report
Key points

Wind energy poses increased fall risks

By: Halima Frost     12th April 2024 As the demand for greener energy helps drive the increased uptake of wind energy, the dangers that face workers in the sector are becoming even more evident. As reported by the US Occupational Safety and Health Administration in a report named ‘Green Job Hazards’, workers in the wind energy... 

Two men wearing PPE and safety harnesses working on teh turbines of a wind turbine stack
TALL ORDER Maintaining safety standards especially in the wind turbine installation and maintenance sector has come to the fore as the development of green energy gains impetus

Hyphen deploys MetMasts to model energy yield for Namibia green hydrogen project

By: Sabrina Jardim     9th April 2024 Green hydrogen development company Hyphen Hydrogen Energy is investing €2-million on its MetMast Measuring Campaign, which makes use of meteorological masts (MetMasts) to precisely model the energy yield of the wind and solar resources to enable the optimised design of a project it is developing... 

Namibian president Dr Nangolo Mbumba alongside Hyphen CEO Marco Raffinetti
Namibian president Dr Nangolo Mbumba alongside Hyphen CEO Marco Raffinetti

Nordex increases its generation capacity in South Africa

By: Sabrina Jardim     9th April 2024 Turbine manufacturer Nordex Energy South Africa (NESA) says an additional 830 MW of operational capacity will start feeding into South Africa’s energy grid by mid-2025. The company on April 9 announced a 75% increase in its generation capacity in operations, as well as plans to locally... 

Nordex Delta4000

Battery storage, renewables procurement make headlines  

By: Creamer Media Reporter      5th April 2024 Engineering News editor Terence Creamer discusses the latest developments with regard to the procurement of new electricity generation capacity and storage. 

Battery storage, renewables procurement make headlines
Battery storage, renewables procurement make headlines

RMB facilitates project financing for Seriti Green’s first wind farm in Mpumalanga

By: Marleny Arnoldi     5th April 2024 Mining and energy company Seriti Resources’ subsidiary Seriti Green has signed a long-term project financing agreement with Rand Merchant Bank (RMB) as co-mandated lead arranger to enable the delivery of a 155 MW wind farm, in Mpumalanga. The project has a total cost of R4-billion and represents... 

Seriti Green CEO Peter Venn
Seriti Green CEO Peter Venn

Concrete towers selected for Impofu wind farm to bolster local content

By: Terence Creamer     4th April 2024 Enel Green Power South Africa has confirmed that the Nordex manufacturing facility being set up in Humansdorp, in the Eastern Cape, will produce concrete wind tower sections for the three new wind farms that make up its Impofu Cluster. With a combined capacity of 336 MW, the Impofu East, Impofu... 

A Nordex wind turbine
A Nordex wind turbine

Study highlights predictability of wind power production

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     2nd April 2024 Wind and solar resource assessment consultancy Eoltech has released findings of a new study that aims to assess the variations of the global wind resource over the last 15 years, with the data showing that worldwide, wind power production is “very predictable”, with yearly variations remaining... 

An image from a study showing the evolution of yearly wind energy indexes on a global scale
Evolution of yearly wind energy indexes on a global scale

BLSA calls for immediate reworking of IRP, describing assumptions as ‘spurious’ 

By: Terence Creamer     2nd April 2024 Business Leadership South Africa (BLSA), whose members include the largest domestic and foreign companies operating in South Africa, has added its voice to a growing chorus of opposition to the draft Integrated Resource Plan 2023 (IRP 2023) and has called for it to be “revised immediately”.... 

Business Leadership South Africa CEO Busisiwe Mavuso
Business Leadership South Africa CEO Busisiwe Mavuso

Record yet uneven renewables growth recorded in 2023, Irena report shows 

By: Terence Creamer     27th March 2024 Despite record renewable-energy installations of 473 GW last year, the International Renewable Energy Agency (Irena) says the pace of deployment remains well below that needed to match the global goal of tripling capacity by 2030. In addition, the geographic distribution of new investment was... 

Installing solar panels
Photo by Creamer Media
Solar photovoltaic installations surged by 32.2%, or 346 GW, last year

Draft IRP 2023 lacks environmental, health, climate commitments, says Life After Coal

By: Schalk Burger     27th March 2024 Coal phase-out campaign the Life After Coal Campaign, in its comments on the draft Integrated Resource Plan (IRP) 2023, said the plan has fundamental flaws and expressed skepticism in the plan's ability to ensure cost-effective electricity supply, energy security and to uphold the Constitutional... 

A coal-fired power plant operated by Eskom

SAWEA wants IRP overhaul as it questions massively diminished role for wind in current draft 

By: Terence Creamer     18th March 2024 The South African Wind Energy Association’s (SAWEA’s) formal response to the draft Integrated Resource Plan 2023 (IRP 2023) questions both the modelling and assumptions used to determine the vastly diminished allocation for wind energy in the period to 2030 when compared with the prevailing plan.... 

SAWEA CEO Niveshen Govender
SAWEA CEO Niveshen Govender

REIPPPP Bid Window submissions deadline extended  

By: Creamer Media Reporter      15th March 2024 Engineering News editor Terence Creamer discusses the reasons for the extension of the bid submissions deadline for Bid Window 7 of the Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer Procurement Programme, what this could mean for other procurement rounds and the anticipated outcome of Bid Window 7. 

Photo of Terence Creamer
REIPPPP Bid Window submissions deadline extended

Construction begins on wind farms to supply Secunda oxygen plants 

By: Creamer Media Reporter      13th March 2024 Enel Green Power (EGP) South Africa has started construction of three new wind farms in the Eastern Cape, which will provide electricity to Air Liquide and Sasol in Secunda, Mpumalanga, through a wheeling framework agreement with Eskom. With a combined capacity of 330 MW, the Impofu East, Impofu... 

Andrea Ranieri, Alessandra Governanti, Louise Paulsen, Lasad Jaouani and Manuele Battisti at the groundbreaking ceremony for the Impofu Wind Farms
Andrea Ranieri, Alessandra Governanti, Louise Paulsen, Lasad Jaouani and Manuele Battisti at the groundbreaking ceremony for the Impofu Wind Farms

IPPO confirms May 30 renewables bid deadline as it moves to accommodate grid quotes and curtailment 

By: Terence Creamer     13th March 2024 The Independent Power Producer Office (IPPO) has confirmed that the deadline for submissions under Bid Window Seven (BW7) of the Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer Procurement Programme has been extended by a month to May 30 to accommodate both grid-connection quotes and a curtailment... 

Wind turbine at sunrise

DBSA to co-finance three wind farms in the Eastern Cape

By: Marleny Arnoldi     11th March 2024 The Development Bank of Southern Africa (DBSA) has been appointed to act as a co-mandated lead arranger alongside Absa and Nedbank to provide debt funding and black economic empowerment equity funding for three large-scale wind farms and 120 km of transmission lines in the Eastern Cape The... 

Wind farm

World Bank is supporting the rollout of distributed renewable energy in Africa, globally

By: Rebecca Campbell     6th March 2024 Distributed renewable energy (DRE) is going to be essential to achieve the goal of universal access to energy by 2030, both in Africa and globally. So highlighted World Bank Energy Sector Management Assistance Programme lead energy specialist Raihan Elahi, on Wednesday. He was addressing a... 

The Jeffreys Bay wind farm

Solar, battery, inverter imports surged to R70bn in 2023 as wind turbines recovered from two-year lull  

By: Terence Creamer     4th March 2024 South African imports of solar panels, lithium-ion batteries and inverters climbed to a record $3.8-billion last year, or about R70-billion, while imports of wind turbines began to recover following a two-year lull, analysis compiled by Trade & Industrial Policy Strategies senior economist Gaylor... 

Trade & Industrial Policy Strategies senior economist Gaylor Montmasson-Clair
Trade & Industrial Policy Strategies senior economist Gaylor Montmasson-Clair

Energy-related emissions increased in 2023, but grew by less than 2022, IEA reports

By: Schalk Burger     1st March 2024 Global energy-related carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions rose less strongly in 2023 than the year before, even as total energy demand growth accelerated, with continued expansion of solar photovoltaic (PV), wind, nuclear power and electric cars helping the world avoid greater use of fossil fuels.... 

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