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South Africa’s central province bets on photovoltaic solar energy

The South African province of Gauteng is moving ahead with plans to establish a solar park with a capacity of at least 800 megawatts (MW) that will be connected to the national grid. According to Gauteng Premier Panyaza Lesufi, the long-term plan with Sibanye-Stillwater Town Council already has approval for the lease of land to … Continue reading South Africa’s central province bets on photovoltaic solar energy

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South Africa’s big plan to end load shedding is seriously flawed

South Africa experienced unprecedented electricity shortages in 2023 as ageing coal plants became increasingly prone to breakdowns. The country urgently needs to develop new electricity generation facilities and reduce reliance on coal power. In the first week of 2024, the South African energy minister, Gwede Mantashe, released a proposed roadmap for the future of electricity in South … Continue reading South Africa’s big plan to end load shedding is seriously flawed

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Vestas wins 108 MW wind power order in South Africa

Independent power producer Red Rocket has placed an order for 108 MW for the Witberg wind farm, which will be located in the Western Cape, South Africa. The contract includes the supply and installation of 24 V136-4.5 MW wind turbines, as well as a 15-year Active Output Management 5000 (AOM 5000) agreement. “Red Rocket recently … Continue reading Vestas wins 108 MW wind power order in South Africa

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China’s wind farm project in South Africa

A wind power project has created more than 700 local jobs and helped improve the living standards of local people in the town of De Aar, South Africa. At 6:30 a.m. every morning in De Aar, a small town more than 750 km northeast of Cape Town, the legislative capital of South Africa, Deswin Basson … Continue reading China’s wind farm project in South Africa

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South Africa Now Has Over 10 GW of Wind & Solar Generation Capacity

South Africa’s energy generation shortfall issues have been well documented here on CleanTechnica and in other forums. This has led to unprecedented electricity rationing in the country, infamously known as electricity load-shedding. South Africa has an electricity generation capacity of about 50,000 MW, dominated by the national power utility company Eskom’s coal power plants. A … Continue reading South Africa Now Has Over 10 GW of Wind & Solar Generation Capacity

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Unlocking the Potential of Wind Energy in South Africa’s Energy Market

South Africa’s energy market is at a critical juncture, as the country faces a growing demand for electricity and a need to diversify its energy mix to reduce dependence on fossil fuels. One of the most promising solutions to this challenge lies in harnessing the power of the wind, a resource that is abundant in … Continue reading Unlocking the Potential of Wind Energy in South Africa’s Energy Market

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Infinity Power adds 1 GW African wind power portfolio

Infinity Power has completed the acquisition of the entire shareholding of Lekela Power, adding the group’s 1GW of African wind energy projects. The assets are located across South Africa, Egypt and Senegal. In addition, Lekela has a 1.8 GW project pipeline in various stages of development. The transaction was funded through equity investment from shareholders … Continue reading Infinity Power adds 1 GW African wind power portfolio

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Vestas wins an order for 373 MW of wind power in South Africa with V163-4.5 MW wind turbines

Independent power producer Red Rocket has placed a 373 MW order for the Brandvalley, Rietkloof and Wolf wind farms, to be located in Western Cape and Eastern Cape, South Africa.  The contract includes the supply and installation of 64 V150-4.5 MW wind turbines, 12 V163-4.5 MW wind turbines and five V162-6.2 MW Enventus wind turbines. Vestas will … Continue reading Vestas wins an order for 373 MW of wind power in South Africa with V163-4.5 MW wind turbines

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Utility-Scale Wind, Solar PV, & Concentrating Solar Power (CSP) Increased From 467 MW In 2013 To 6,230 MW In 2022 In South Africa

South Africa’s grid is dominated by coal. According to the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) in Statistics of Utility-Scale Power Generation In South Africa In 2022 Report, the contribution from coal dropped below 80% for the first time ever. In 2022, 77.7% of the 228 TWh was met by South Africa’s coal plants. … Continue reading Utility-Scale Wind, Solar PV, & Concentrating Solar Power (CSP) Increased From 467 MW In 2013 To 6,230 MW In 2022 In South Africa

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South Africa’s Seriti to build wind farm to power its coal mines

South African miner Seriti Resources, a top thermal coal supplier to struggling state power utility Eskom, is investing in wind power in the latest move by industry to wean itself off a national grid plagued by power cuts. Seriti on Thursday said it would build a 155 megawatt (MW) wind farm over the next two … Continue reading South Africa’s Seriti to build wind farm to power its coal mines

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Enel Green Power concludes PPA to supply wind energy to Air Liquide and Sasol at its Secunda site in South Africa

Enel Green Power has signed two Power Purchase Agreements (PPA) with Air Liquide Large Industries South Africa and Sasol South Africa respectively for the long-term supply of a total capacity of 220 MW of wind power, scheduled to be operational in 2025. The energy will be supplied through wheeling to Sasol’s Secunda site in South … Continue reading Enel Green Power concludes PPA to supply wind energy to Air Liquide and Sasol at its Secunda site in South Africa

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For Enel Green Power South Africa, ‘The rainbow nation is greener than ever’

2022 was a year of change for EGP South Africa with various renewable energy projects completed, thereby helping the country to meet its growing energy needs. Under the guidance of country manager Manuele Battisti, in 2023 EGP will intensify its development activities, start construction of new projects and optimize operating activities as South Africa continues … Continue reading For Enel Green Power South Africa, ‘The rainbow nation is greener than ever’

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Enel Green Power South Africa connects Soetwater Wind Farm to the national grid

An additional 147MW of capacity is added to the national grid as Enel Green Power South Africa’s Soetwater Wind Farm achieves commercial operation. Soetwater wind farm, which is located in a remote part of the Karoo Hoogland Local Municipality in the Northern Cape, will be able to generate 585 GWh every year, potentially averting the … Continue reading Enel Green Power South Africa connects Soetwater Wind Farm to the national grid

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South Africa’s biggest wind farms

South Africa’s biggest wind farm consists of the Khobab and Loeriesfontein 2 sister facilities in the Northern Cape, which provide a total generating capacity of 280MW. These two plants began commercial operation in December 2017 and can generate about 535GWh of electricity every year. They currently make up the largest expanse of wind turbines in … Continue reading South Africa’s biggest wind farms

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Abengoa completes sale of Xina Solar One Concentrated Solar Power to Engie

Following completion of the transaction, Engie now holds a 40% equity stake in the Xina Solar One 100 MW concentrated solar power (CSP) plant, as well as a 46% stake in the Xina Operations & Maintenance Company.The transaction represents a new milestone in the asset divestment plan of Abengoa, which has, since 2017, been focused … Continue reading Abengoa completes sale of Xina Solar One Concentrated Solar Power to Engie

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Mainstream Renewable Power projects to deliver 1.27 GW of new wind energy and solar for South Africa

Mainstream Renewable Power-led consortium has been awarded 50% of the total allocation in the latest round of South Africa’s Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer Procurement Programme (REIPPPP) The win makes Mainstream Renewable Power the leading renewable energy company in South Africa, with over 2.1 GW awarded under the REIPPPP to date The twelve projects, across … Continue reading Mainstream Renewable Power projects to deliver 1.27 GW of new wind energy and solar for South Africa

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Offshore wind energy offer vast energy potential for South Africa

Offshore wind energy generation, a popular form of renewable energy in many developed countries, might be an answer to the decarbonisation of South Africa energy value chain, delegates at a conference in wind energy heard on Friday. South Africa is one of many nations that signed a commitment to reducing carbon emissions, COP21, which requires … Continue reading Offshore wind energy offer vast energy potential for South Africa

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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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