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Eskom Considers $7.2 Billion in Wind and Solar Investment by 2030

Eskom Holdings SOC Ltd., which supplies almost all South Africa’s electricity from coal-fired power plants, is considering spending 106 billion rand ($7.2 billion) on wind and solar energy by 2030. The investment plan, which Eskom could carry out by itself or in partnerships, is the most detailed demonstration yet of the utility’s ambition to move … Continue reading Eskom Considers $7.2 Billion in Wind and Solar Investment by 2030

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Oyster Bay wind farm ready for commercial operations

The Enel Green Power RSA (EGP RSA) 140 MW Oyster Bay wind farm, situated in the Kouga municipality in the Eastern Cape, South Africa, has successfully reached commercial operation. Every year the Oyster Bay wind farm will generate over 568 GWh and prevent 590,000 tons of CO² from being emitted into the atmosphere.  This brings … Continue reading Oyster Bay wind farm ready for commercial operations

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100 MW Redstone Concentrated Solar Power with 12 Hours Daily Thermal Energy Storage Closes Financing

ACWA Power has led South Africa’s largest renewable energy project Redstone CSP to financial close The ZAR 11.6 billion Redstone concentrated solar power plant will power 200,000 households upon completion Redstone CSP Closes Financing May 2021 – ACWA Power Commercial operation scheduled to start in Q4 2023 ACWA Power, a leading Saudi developer, investor and … Continue reading 100 MW Redstone Concentrated Solar Power with 12 Hours Daily Thermal Energy Storage Closes Financing

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Renewable energy contributed 10% to SA’s grid in 2020

While coal still dominates the South African energy mix, the contribution from variable renewable energy sources, such as solar photovoltaics (PV), wind and concentrated solar power (CSP), surpassed the contribution from nuclear energy for the first time in 2020. This is according to research conducted by the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR), published … Continue reading Renewable energy contributed 10% to SA’s grid in 2020

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SAWEA sees big potential in offshore wind energy

As the country reels from continuous power cuts, the South African Wind Energy Association (SAWEA) has come out in support of feasibility studies into offshore wind energy, saying this could solve SA’s energy woes. Reacting to recent research on offshore wind energy by Stellenbosch University academics, SAWEA says although SA is still far from developing … Continue reading SAWEA sees big potential in offshore wind energy

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ENGIE acquires 100 MW Concentrated Solar Power plant in South Africa

ENGIE (www.ENGIE-Africa.com) is pleased to announce that it has reached an agreement to acquire from Abengoa a 40% equity stake in Xina Solar One, a 100 MW Concentrated Solar plant, as well as 46% of the Operations & Maintenance Company. The plant is equipped with parabolic trough technology and a molten salt storage system that … Continue reading ENGIE acquires 100 MW Concentrated Solar Power plant in South Africa

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Nordex wind turbines for wind energy in South Africa

The Nordex Group has been present in the up-and-coming South African market since 2010, and is now the proud market leader, with a 32 per cent share of the total installed wind power capacity in the region. As part of this, the Group boasts an impressive total installed capacity of 711 MW, with a further … Continue reading Nordex wind turbines for wind energy in South Africa

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Energy Transformation in Southern Africa Boosted by New IRENA Agreement with SACREEE

The International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) and the Southern African Development Community’s (SADC) Centre for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency (SACREEE) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU), to work together on accelerating the deployment renewable energy solutions, including decentralised technologies, in Southern African countries. The two organisations will also cooperate on policy development, capacity building … Continue reading Energy Transformation in Southern Africa Boosted by New IRENA Agreement with SACREEE

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Enel starts operating 140 MW of wind energy capacity in South Africa

EGP’s Nxuba wind farm, the company’s third wind facility in the Eastern Cape province, is expected to generate 460 GWh of energy annually.The facility, which involved an investment of 200 million euros, brings the company’s overall capacity in the country to more than 650 MW from a total of eight operational projects. The Enel Group’s … Continue reading Enel starts operating 140 MW of wind energy capacity in South Africa

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Wind power in South Africa, Kangnas Wind Farm kicks off operations

Two years after construction kicked-off, Kangnas Wind Farm achieved commercial operations on 15 November 2020, making it the first bid window four wind farm, in the Northern Cape, to come on stream as part of government’s Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer Procurement Programme (REIPPPP). According to a media release, this wind farm will generate enough … Continue reading Wind power in South Africa, Kangnas Wind Farm kicks off operations

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Nxuba wind farm ready for energy generation

With the commissioning of its final wind turbine at 140 MW Nxuba Wind Farm in the Eastern Cape, Enel Green Power (EGP) commenced with the generation and delivery of energy, despite challenges attributed to Covid-19 containment measures and national lockdown. The Nxuba Wind Farm is one of five projects awarded to EGP South Africa in … Continue reading Nxuba wind farm ready for energy generation

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ACWA Power’s Bokpoort Concentrated Solar Power plant breaks African record

ACWA Power, a leading developer, investor and operator of power generation and desalinated water plants worldwide, announced Wednesday that its South African Bokpoort CSP plant has become the first renewable facility in the continent to complete a full week of continuous round the clock operation. Bokpoort CSP set the new African continental benchmark achieving 13 … Continue reading ACWA Power’s Bokpoort Concentrated Solar Power plant breaks African record

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140 MW Nxuba Wind Farm ready to feed into South Africa’s grid

With the commissioning of its final wind turbine at 140MW Nxuba Wind Farm in the Eastern Cape, South Africa, Enel Green Power (EGP) commenced with the generation and delivery of energy, despite challenges attributed to COVID-19 containment measures and national lockdown. The Nxuba Wind Farm is one of five projects awarded to EGP South Africa … Continue reading 140 MW Nxuba Wind Farm ready to feed into South Africa’s grid

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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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