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Lekela delivers 110 MW South Africa wind farm

The 48 Siemens Gamesa 2.3-108 wind turbines at Perdekraal East are now fully operational.Lekela has started commercial operations at the 110MW Perdekraal East wind farm in South Africa. The project features 48 Siemens Gamesa 2.3-108 turbines and will provide approximately 360 gigawatt-hours of electricity each year. It is the first wind farm from Round 4 … Continue reading Lekela delivers 110 MW South Africa wind farm

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South Africa will procure 6.8GW of solar, wind power

Eskom will buy at least 6.8GW of solar and wind power from independent power producers from 2022, energy minister Gwede Mantashe said on Friday in the Government Gazette. It was not immediately clear how Eskom, which is mired in a financial crisis and has struggled to keep the lights on over the past year, will … Continue reading South Africa will procure 6.8GW of solar, wind power

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Wind energy Production Will Help South Africa’s Economic Recovery – Sawea

The South African Wind Energy Association (Sawea) was reacting to the National Energy Regulator’s (Nersa) endorsement of the ministerial determination to procure additional power of just over 11,800 megawatts. Renewable energy production from wind will play a role in South Africa’s economic recovery. That’s according to the South African Wind Energy Association (Sawea). It was … Continue reading Wind energy Production Will Help South Africa’s Economic Recovery – Sawea

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Bokpoort Concentrated Solar Power project achieves 21.7 GWh production record in winter

The South African-based Bokpoort Concentrated Solar Power project, now in its fifth year of production, celebrated yet another huge production record. The 50MW Concentrated Solar Thermal Power (CSP) Parabolic Trough Power Plant with 9.3-hour storage set a new winter production record in August 2020. Bokpoort CSP CEO, Christo Spammer, shared details of the performance, highlighting … Continue reading Bokpoort Concentrated Solar Power project achieves 21.7 GWh production record in winter

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The First Wind Turbine of Goldwind South Africa Excelsior Project Achieves Grid Connection

On August 21, 2020, the first wind turbine of Goldwind Excelsior Wind Farm was successfully connected to the grid. Excelsior Wind Farm is located in Western Cape, the southernmost point of the African continent. With Goldwind as EPC contractor, this project is the second one of Goldwind in Africa and the first in South Africa. … Continue reading The First Wind Turbine of Goldwind South Africa Excelsior Project Achieves Grid Connection

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Wind energy in South Africa, Nordex wind turbines in Roggeveld

On 1st July 2020, the Nordex Group started its Construction Skills Development Programme in Roggeveld, South Africa. It consists of 15 young people between the ages of 20 to 28, split equally men and women – from the communities of Sutherland, Laingsburg and Matjiesfontein. The area is characterised by low education outcomes and skills base, … Continue reading Wind energy in South Africa, Nordex wind turbines in Roggeveld

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Wind power in South Africa, wind farm receives locally manufactured transformer

Perdekraal East Wind Farm, in the Western Cape’s Witzenberg Municipality, has received its main transformer via road transportation from Pretoria, marking another important milestone in its construction process. This 500MVA mega transformer was locally manufactured in South Africa, which has added to Perdekraal East Wind Farm’s already high local content percentage, as the turbine towers … Continue reading Wind power in South Africa, wind farm receives locally manufactured transformer

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South Africa lifts wind energy project construction shutdown

South Africa went into a 21-day national lockdown starting on  27 March 2020, which was subsequently extended until the end of April. Under the new district-based lockdown, gradually a three-phased approach has been adopted to begin re-opening the country from 1 May. During the first phase of the lockdown measures, while supply and maintenance of … Continue reading South Africa lifts wind energy project construction shutdown

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Wind power in South Africa, Huge West Coast wind farm approved

The government has approved in principle the huge Boulders wind farm project on the West Coast peninsula near Paternoster, St Helena Bay and Vredenburg. The Department of Environment, Forestry and Fisheries (DEFF) issued an environmental authorisation for the project on 14 January. However, its approval comes with conditions that include changes to the proposed environmental … Continue reading Wind power in South Africa, Huge West Coast wind farm approved

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Zimbabwe is endowed with abundant renewable energy resources largely untapped

Zimbabwe is endowed with abundant renewable energy resources such as solar and hydropower near natural landmarks such as Victoria Falls—not to mention biomass, geothermal, and wind energy—that present a major opportunity for investment. But these resources have remained largely untapped. Since his appointment in May, Zimbabwe’s energy and power development minister, Fortune Chasi, has frantically … Continue reading Zimbabwe is endowed with abundant renewable energy resources largely untapped

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South Africa celebrates 100MW Concentrated Solar Power Ilanga 1 grid-connected plant

South Africa celebrates the first year of operation of the Concentrated Solar Power plant Ilanga 1, which has been supplying clean energy to the national grid since November 2018. The engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) contractor partners, a consortium between COBRA, SENER and EMVELO, the owner (Karoshoek Solar One, an IPP), the lenders and other … Continue reading South Africa celebrates 100MW Concentrated Solar Power Ilanga 1 grid-connected plant

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South Africa: Local content to boost wind energy capacity

The South African Wind Energy Association (SAWEA) estimates that South Africa will need to produce roughly 640 wind turbines each year until 2029 to meet the energy goals outlined in the country’s Integrated Resource Plan (IRP) announced last month. Fortunately, capacity already exists in the country to produce 150 steel wind towers per year as … Continue reading South Africa: Local content to boost wind energy capacity

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SA needs 5 000 new wind turbines

South African will need to construct some 5 000 new large wind turbines by 2030 for the country to achieve the renewable energy goals included in the government’s electricity generation masterplan. The plan, published in mid-October, states that between 2022 to 2030 SA will add 1 600 MW of additional wind power capacity to SA’s … Continue reading SA needs 5 000 new wind turbines

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Wind energy in South Africa, EGP starts construction of 280 MW of new wind farm capacity

The two 140 MW wind power facilities, Karusa and Soetwater, are each expected to generate over 585 GWh annually following completion, which is due by the end of 2021. Karusa and Soetwater will involve an investment of over 200 million euros each. Enel Green Power already operates seven renewable plants in South Africa for an … Continue reading Wind energy in South Africa, EGP starts construction of 280 MW of new wind farm capacity

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Highlight potential of offshore wind power in emerging countries

Eight major emerging markets have a technical potential for offshore wind energy that triples the installed electricity generation capacity of the European Union, said a World Bank (WB) study. Brazil, India, Morocco, the Philippines, South Africa, Sri Lanka, Turkey and Vietnam have, for this form of generation, with potentialities of 3.1 terawatts (TW): more than … Continue reading Highlight potential of offshore wind power in emerging countries

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Local workforce raises first wind turbines on Western Cape wind farm

Perdekraal East has taken on the look of a wind farm almost overnight with the erection of its first turbine tower. The latest milestone for the Western Cape wind power project was also one largely undertaken with South African expertise. Some 150 workers, the majority of those involved in the installation, are hired from the … Continue reading Local workforce raises first wind turbines on Western Cape wind farm

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Abengoa breaks records with Xina Solar One, its third concentrated solar power plant in South Africa

The concentrating solar power plant, owned by Abengoa, IDC, PIC and the Community Trust, has passed the guaranteed production tests in record time. With a capacity of 100 MW, the solar thermal plant provides clean and sustainable energy even in hours without solar radiation thanks to its molten salts storage system of more than five … Continue reading Abengoa breaks records with Xina Solar One, its third concentrated solar power plant in South Africa

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Wind power in South Africa: Enel Green Power begins new 140 MW wind farm

The Garob wind energy project, located in the Northern Cape province, is expected to generate around 573 GWh annually once fully operational in the first half of 2021. Enel, through its renewable subsidiary Enel Green Power, has started construction on its 140 MW Garob wind farm located near the town of Copperton, which is part … Continue reading Wind power in South Africa: Enel Green Power begins new 140 MW wind farm

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Concentrated Solar Power increasing cumulative global capacity more than 11% to just under 5.5 GW in 2018

An estimated 550 MW of concentrating solar thermal power (CSP) came online in 2018, increasing cumulative global capacity more than 11% to just under 5.5 GW. CSP is also known as solar thermal electricity (STE). This annual increase represents the largest gain since 2014, and it occurred despite delays in several projects that had been … Continue reading Concentrated Solar Power increasing cumulative global capacity more than 11% to just under 5.5 GW in 2018

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Vestas to deliver EPC wind turbines for wind energy project in South Africa

Leveraging its extensive project management experience and product expertise, Vestas has developed a full engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) solution for the 35 MW Wesley wind farm located at the Eastern Cape. The order is placed by EDF Renewables and adds to Vestas’ more than 100 successfully executed EPC projects, totaling more than 4 GW … Continue reading Vestas to deliver EPC wind turbines for wind energy project in South Africa

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