South Africa on a journey towards large-scale deployment of renewable energy technologies

South Africa is well on its way to achieving the national objective of 30% clean energy by 2025. To achieve this, a number of tertiary institutions, industry and government are collaborating to support the implementation of renewable energy (RE) projects in the country. With the 7th Annual National Renewable and Sustainable Energy Postgraduate Symposium (REPS2016) held at the University of Fort Hare (UFH) in Alice, Eastern Cape, on 5 and 6 September, it was apparent that institutions had stepped up to the challenge to supply not only innovative technologies, but…

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Solar Power – Most Affordable Source Of Energy In South Africa

In the Budget Speech on 24 February 2016, the Honourable Mr Pravin Gordhan, Finance Minister of South Africa, announced that the Department of Energy’s (DoE) Independent Power Producers Procurement (IPPP) Programme will be extended to include coal and gas power projects. The IPPP Programme will be rolled out in order to replicate the successes achieved in the South African renewable energy sector. Although the replication in other sectors will allow for further energy to be produced, a focus on solar power would allow for the supply of energy at a…

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SADC SUMMIT BEGINS IN SWAZILAND’S CAPITAL MBABANE

MBABANE (Swaziland), Aug 30 (NNN-AGENCIES) — The 36th SADC Heads of States and Government Summit is taking place in Mbabane, Swaziland on Aug 30 -31 under the chairmanship of the incoming chairperson of SADC, King Mswati III of Swaziland. The theme of the summit is “Resource Mobilization for Investment in Sustainable Energy Infrastructure for an Inclusive SADC Industrialization for the Prosperity”. The summit will be held at the Grand Hall of Lozita, 32 kilometers from Mbabane. The Angolan Minister of Foreign Affairs, Georges Chikoti, said that the heads of state…

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How can SA get on the solar-coaster ride?

NEW YORK – It’s been referred to as the solar-coaster, the massive growth in thegreen economy sector in the United States. According to the Solar Energies Industries Association (SEIA), one in every three new jobs is a solar job. This year the US has reached a landmark of 1 million solar rooftop installations. “The growth of our industry has really been astonishing,” says Dan Whitten, Vice President of Communications at SEIA. With South Africa’s abundant natural resources for renewable energy, is the same kind of growth possible? Whitten says absolutely….

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