On 30 January 2013, the Department of Energy briefed the Energy Portfolio Committee on the ongoing Free Basic Energy and Free Basic Alternative Energy programme. The programme was implemented in 2000, aiming for the provision of sufficient energy to each household to meet basic standards of living, that is 50kWh per month per household. However, many households, [...]
Exxon Mobil’s plans to explore for oil and gas in 2.8 million acres off South Africa’s east coast, expanding the energy boom along Africa’s Indian Ocean flank. Exxon Mobil’s plan to begin exploring for oil and natural gas in 2.8 million acres off South Africa’s east coast greatly expands the energy boom along Africa’s Indian [...]
Posted on 21. Jan, 2013 by Marcus.
Due to land related challenges, the Department of Energy (DoE) in South Africa is changing the site for the first solar park of its ambitious renewable energy project – the proposed 5 GW Northern Cape solar corridor. By Annabel Eaton Initially the location of the first solar park was to have been Upington, but it [...]
The past year has been nothing short of remarkable for scores of renewable energy investors since the government’s multi billion-rand renewable energy independent power producers (IPPs) procurement finally started. The programme is a significant step for South Africa because it represents a massive capital injection into the local economy. The 28 renewable energy projects approved [...]
Posted on 07. Jan, 2013 by Marcus.
Africa is rich in resources. From vast oil deposits to gold and diamonds, the continent is literally brimming with the potential to support a large resource extraction industry. The most recent development has been the expanded hunt for natural gas shale’s in South Africa. The U.S. Energy Information Administration believes that South Africa could hold as much as 485 trillion cubic feet [...]
With 128 megawatts of geothermal coming on-line in 2012, we present a geothermal year in review. More than 128 megawatts of geothermal capacity came on-line in the U.S. in 2012, the second largest annual capacity addition since 2005. By comparison, the U.S. will install more than three gigawatts of solar energy this year, and the [...]
South Africa is ranked 59th in the World Economic Forum’s global energy architecture performance index report released on Tuesday. Norway, Sweden and France are first, second and third, respectively, while several sub-Saharan Africa countries are among the lowest ranked. The energy architecture performance index ranks 105 countries on the basis of economic growth and development, [...]
Solar panel makers and developers have pegged South Africa as a new frontier for a few years now, and solar energy development seems to be underway in earnest. Hanwha Solar One and Suntech Power both announced Monday supply deals for large solar farms that are set to materialize over the next two years. Hanwha said [...]
Posted on 11. Dec, 2012 by Marcus.
NASDAQ listed, Fortune 500 ranked Hanwha Group’s Hanwha SolarOne, announced that it will deliver 155 MW of its solar modules to South African projects to be developed by Cobra, Gransolar and Kensani. Hanwha SolarOne – one of the top ten photovoltaic (PV) manufacturers in the world, will distribute its high-performance modules to the country’s Letsatsi [...]
The Coega IDZ is slowly transforming into the green energy hub of South Africa. Already a total of R3.1-billion in renewable energy projects is in the pipeline at the Coega IDZ and its basket of investors includes wind, solar and bio-fuel energy industries. The supply of power would be included in the grid that the metro would [...]