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Rendering of Japan's 2020 Olympic stadium. Source: Renewable Energy World
How Japan's renewables-powered Olympics could kick off a global race for clean energy

Japan is aiming to host the first Olympic Games powered solely by renewable sources...

By Niki J P Alsford 20 May 2019

All the 2019 African Power, Energy & Water Industry Awards winners
All the 2019 African Power, Energy & Water Industry Awards winners

Ethiopia's former state minister in the Ministry of Water, Irrigation and Energy Wondimu Tekle Sigo was among the winners at the annual African Power, Energy & Water Industry Awards...

20 May 2019

Story of Zambian solar energy company wins global case study competition
Story of Zambian solar energy company wins global case study competition

A teaching case study on the pioneering work of a Zambian solar-energy company has earned the UCT Graduate School of Business a prized win in the 2018 EFMD Case Writing Competition...

Issued by UCT Graduate School of Business 17 May 2019

Eskom chief executive, Phakamani Hadebe
#AUW2019: Investors won't fund fossil fuels

Even if the country remained committed to long-term coal-fired energy in a world rapidly transforming to green energy, it would have difficulty finding investors to build the infrastructure...

By Nicci Botha 17 May 2019

Energy Minister, Jeff Radebe
#AUW2019: Coal still critical to IRP, Radebe says

Energy Minister Jeff Radebe's vague promise that South Africa's long-overdue energy blueprint, the Integrated Resource Plan (IRP), will be "concluded imminently" did, however, clearly indicate that coal would still play a prominent role in the country's energy mix...

By Nicci Botha 15 May 2019

Have your say in Bojanala SEZ designation
Have your say in Bojanala SEZ designation

The public has 30 days in which to have their say in the designation of the Bojanala Special Economic Zone in the North West province, said the Department of Trade and Industry (dti) on Monday...

13 May 2019

Strategic Fuel Fund signs deal for Block B2
Strategic Fuel Fund signs deal for Block B2

South Africa signs an exploration and production sharing agreement (EPSA) with South Sudan for Block B2...

9 May 2019

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Women in power need a thick skin and a good sense of humour

Zelda Weitz, COO of Symbion Power, still has a good laugh every now and then when she walks into a meeting and people assume she is either the CEO's PA or "the marketing lady"...

3 May 2019

Re-imagining waste-to-energy for micro-generation
Re-imagining waste-to-energy for micro-generation

The exploration of alternative energy sources and projects has been all the 'buzz' again, particularly in response to challenges Eskom continues to face...

By Kate Stubbs 29 Apr 2019

Should we turn the Sahara Desert into a huge solar farm?
Should we turn the Sahara Desert into a huge solar farm?

Whenever I visit the Sahara I am struck by how sunny and hot it is and how clear the sky can be...

By Amin Al-Habaibeh 26 Apr 2019

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Renewable energy vehicles can revolutionise South Africa's public transport system

Vincent Raseroka, chairman of Bridge Taxi Finance, shares a range of ideas on the necessity of urgently looking into transforming the public transport system into one driven by electric vehicles...

By Vincent Raseroka 18 Apr 2019

Image: Kouga Wind Farm
Renewables are here to stay: Radebe

The current challenges faced by Eskom "would have been worse", were it not for the contribution from renewable energy independent power producers, according Energy Minister, Jeff Radebe...

17 Apr 2019

Watson wind farm stopped - for now
Watson wind farm stopped - for now

The controversial decision to grant environmental authorisation for the Watson family's massive wind farm project on the summit of the Groot Winterhoek mountains near Uitenhage has been overturned - at least temporarily...

By John Yeld 16 Apr 2019

Sun Exchange to solar power several Western Cape schools
Sun Exchange to solar power several Western Cape schools

Sun Exchange has announced plans to solar power several Western Cape schools via its global funding platform...

11 Apr 2019

Feathers fly over Watson wind farm plan
Feathers fly over Watson wind farm plan

The Department of Environmental Affairs has given the go-ahead to a wind farm project that the Watson family wants to build in the Eastern Cape, before assessing strong differences of opinion from scientists...

By John Yeld 10 Apr 2019

Sweden-funded clean energy programme benefits 500,000 Zambians
Sweden-funded clean energy programme benefits 500,000 Zambians

The Beyond the Grid Fund for Zambia (BGFZ) has resulted in 100,000 Zambian households having gained access to clean energy...

10 Apr 2019

GSF helps spur transformation with bursaries for students from disadvantaged communities
GSF helps spur transformation with bursaries for students from disadvantaged communities

Having launched in 2014, the Globeleq Scholarship Fund (GSF) is responsible for 25% of all renewable energy funded-scholarships...

9 Apr 2019

The case for coal as the most secure energy fuel for emerging market economies
The case for coal as the most secure energy fuel for emerging market economies

So much of the world's growth over the past 200 years has been due to the discovery and ever-increasing use of affordable energy derived from fossil fuels led by coal, followed by oil, and natural gas...

By Alan M Clegg 5 Apr 2019

Alexandra Felekis
Radebe hints at private investment to meet IRP agenda

Energy Minister Jeff Radebe says Eskom on its own cannot supply the R1trn of investment in power generation, transmission and distribution needed by 2030 under the Integrated Resource Plan (IRP).

By Alexandra Felekis 4 Apr 2019

Renewables spell increased demand for cobalt and lithium
Cobalt and lithium recycling low despite climate change concerns

Extracting cobalt and lithium from old products and infrastructure is essential to heading off predicted metal shortfalls, empowering clean energy transitions and reducing risk of human exploitation.

4 Apr 2019

Consumers should generate their own electricity and become 'prosumers'
Consumers should generate their own electricity and become 'prosumers'

South Africans should be allowed, and in fact encouraged, to generate their own electricity...

By Prof Wikus van Niekerk 2 Apr 2019

Eskom signs $180m loan agreement
Eskom signs $180m loan agreement

Eskom has secured a $180m loan from the New Development Bank (NDB) for its Renewable Energy Integration and Transmission Augmentation Project...

2 Apr 2019

SA's energy supply from Cahora Bassa dam in Mozambique was interrupted by Cyclone Idai
Renewables: The cheaper, cleaner choice for SA

Phasing out coal in the power sector by 2040 would allow SA to fulfil its commitment to the Paris Agreement goal of limiting warming to well below 2°C without significant impact on the economy...

1 Apr 2019

Seshree Govender, senior associate, and Carey-Anne Jennings, partner at Webber Wentzel
Crowdfunding: An untapped funding resource for renewable energy

Small and innovative renewable energy projects battle to raise funds through formal channels. One possible solution is to reach out to communities with an interest in those projects to help fund them through crowdfunding initiatives...

By Carey-Anne Jennings and Seshree Govender 1 Apr 2019

A barman using candle light as another rolling blackout affects large parts of South Africa’s biggest city, Johannesburg. Epa/Kim Ludbrook
Why restructuring South Africa's power utility won't end the blackouts

Recent poweer cuts and the announcement that South Africa's power utility Eskom will be receiving R23bn a year in government support for the foreseeable future are symptomatic of operational and financial crises at the utility...

29 Mar 2019

Key judgement secures renewable IPP contracts with Eskom
Key judgement secures renewable IPP contracts with Eskom

The Pretoria High Court has dismissed a declarator and interdict application brought by the Coal Transporters Forum (CTF) to set aside the power purchase agreements...

By Michael Evans & Megan Adderley 28 Mar 2019

Andrew Kenny
Why solar and wind power are ruinously expensive

South Africa faces an energy calamity on two fronts. First is the disaster of Eskom. Second, and potentially worse, is the disaster of our REIPPPP and our lunatic IRP 2018 (Integrated Resource Plan)....

By Andrew Kenny 18 Mar 2019

Toyosi Craig
Concentrated solar power could ease SA's electricity woes

South Africans were caught off guard recently when Eskom implemented load-shedding.

By Alec Basson 12 Mar 2019

Image source: Getty/Gallo
Renewable energy programme will not collapse Eskom

President Cyril Ramaphosa says the financial and operational challenges faced by power utility Eskom are not caused by the independent power producer (IPP) programme...

8 Mar 2019

Wind turbines signal revitalisation of green tech SEZ
Wind turbines signal revitalisation of green tech SEZ

The wind turbine tower sections for the 140MW Kangnas Wind Farm are being manufactured at Atlantis om Cape Town's West Coast...

7 Mar 2019

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