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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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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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