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The African Renewable Energy Fund (AREF) announced that it raised $100 million to support small- to medium-scale IPPs. The fund is targeting a final close of $200 million within the next year to invest in grid-connected development stage renewable energy projects (small hydro, wind, geothermal, solar, biomass, and waste-to-energy).
State-owned electricity producer Eskom, which declared its fourth power emergency of the 2013/14 summer maintenance season on Thursday morning, began implementing load shedding from 9:00, causing shops to shut, disrupting cellular networks and raising fresh concerns about the constraint being placed on South Africa’s already poor growth outlook by the country’s electricity shortages. It was the first time that the utility had resorted to rotational load shedding since the country’s power crisis of 2008, during which mines were shut, factories reduced output and offices and households across the country were left without power for extended periods.
The world’s leading wind-turbine manufacturer Vestas, which is building 435 MW of capacity in South Africa and has a further 112 MW advancing towards financial close, has opened permanent offices in Johannesburg, from where it intends pursuing South African and African growth opportunities. In an interview with Engineering News Online ahead of the official opening of Vestas’ Southern Africa head office, global CEO Anders Runevad said the Danish company was once again on a growth drive, following the completion of a two-year turnaround programme, during which it had unburdened itself of €1-billion in debt.
Spanish group Gamesa will take wind power into new territory after clinching a deal to deliver 30MW of turbines to Mauritania.
ASHEGODA, Ethiopia (Reuters) - Africa's biggest wind farm began production in Ethiopia on Saturday, aiding efforts to diversify electricity generation from hydropower plants and help the country become...
An interview Amory Lovins, Chief Scientist and Co-founder of the Rocky Mountain Institute.
Kenya's Rift Valley hides a treasure buried several kilometres beneath the earth's surface: geothermal energy. Today only 13 percent of Kenya's electricity is provided by this source...
A Philips Light Center is an area of 1000m2, or the size of a small soccer pitch, lit with new solar-powered LED lighting. It is a communal area which can be used for sport and other important activities such as healthcare clinics, education and evening classes, social events and commercial activities. A Light Center extends the day by enabling communal life after dark. It creates a safe area and supports sanitation programs.Philips Light Centers
1000 MW Facility will be Largest Geothermal Plant in Africa
What if an entire isolated community received all of its power needs from the sun? A remote island off of Africa is about to find out -- and the project could be a game changer for solar. "Ninety-n...
Electricity deficit is slowing progress, report says, as Labour party calls for UK and African cities to 'twin' on energy projects
Governments, businesses, investors and others are embracing the ‘green economy’ idea, but differences in the way they interpret it pose barriers to sustainable development, according to a report published today by the International Institute for Environment and Development and the Green Economy Coalition.
A tender for a new coal-fired power plant may be just the start
Solar energy group SunEdison announced on Wednesday that it had secured R1.8-billion in development finance from the US government’s Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC) for its 60 MW Boshoff solar park project, being developed in South...
The Zimbabwe Energy Regulatory Authority (Zera) is developing a renewable energy feed in tariffs (Refits)
Morocco may have little to no fossil fuel resources, but the kingdom has its eyes on a brighter future. By 2020 the country plans to produce 42 percent of its electricity from renewable sources, a...
Electricity from solar power could be the cheapest in South Africa by 2020, according to a new report by Frost & Sullivan.
French leader François Hollande, who arrives in South Africa on Monday, will sign accords including one on developing South Africa's nuclear power.