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Nordex Group awarded contract for 147 MW in South Africa

With the signing of the power purchase agreement by public-sector utility Eskom, the contract for the installation of the South African wind farm “Roggeveld” has now also come into effect. This order for the Nordex Group entails 47 AW125/3150 and AW125/3000 turbines with a combined capacity of around 147 megawatts and a high capacity factor … Continue reading Nordex Group awarded contract for 147 MW in South Africa

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Building Energy Signs Agreements With the South African Energy Ministry for the Development of a 147 MW Wind Power Project in Roggeveld

Building Energy, a multinational company operating as a global integrated Independent Power Producer (IPP) in the Renewable Energy Industry, on 4 April 2018  signed Power Purchase Agreements in Johannesburg with the South African state owned utility Eskom Holdings SOC Ltd to build, own and operate a 147 MW wind plant in Roggeveld and a 4,7 … Continue reading Building Energy Signs Agreements With the South African Energy Ministry for the Development of a 147 MW Wind Power Project in Roggeveld

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Eskom to sign 27 renewable energy projects

South Africa’s state power utility Eskom will sign purchase agreements with independent producers for 27 renewable energy projects next week that will generate 56 billion rand ($4.7 billion) in investments, the energy minister said on Thursday. The minister was adamant that the signing of the 27 projects would go ahead on Tuesday with the full … Continue reading Eskom to sign 27 renewable energy projects

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South Africa’s wind energy industry hails Ramaphosa’s commitment

South Africa’s wind Industry the South African Wind Energy Association (SAWEA) has applauded the newly elected South African president Cyril Ramaphosa’s commitment to stabilise state owned enterprises. The Association also praised Minister Gigaba’s reiteration of the president’s sentiments in yesterday’s Budget Speech. “We applaud President Ramaphosa’s unequivocal commitment in the State of the Nation Address … Continue reading South Africa’s wind energy industry hails Ramaphosa’s commitment

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Xina Solar One Concentrated Solar Power plant completes first month of operation, South Africa

The US$880 million Xina concentrated solar power (CSP) plant in Pofadder, South Africa has successfully completed its first month of commercial operation. Mott MacDonald was lenders’ technical advisor during the project’s financing and construction stages and will now monitor operations in an ongoing role. Awarded during the third round of South Africa’s Renewable Energy Independent … Continue reading Xina Solar One Concentrated Solar Power plant completes first month of operation, South Africa

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Loeriesfontein Wind Farm and the Khobab Wind Farm connect to Eskom grid

Last week, the Loeriesfontein Wind Farm and the Khobab Wind Farm, in the Northern Cape, marked a milestone as the wind farms officially connected to the Eskom grid. The wind farms have been synchronised via Eskom’s Helios Substation and commissioning of wind turbines is reported to have commenced. Commenting on the development, country construction manager … Continue reading Loeriesfontein Wind Farm and the Khobab Wind Farm connect to Eskom grid

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Abengoa achieves practical completion for Xina Solar One, its third concentrated solar power plant in South Africa

Abengoa has achieved practical completion for Xina Solar One, its third solar thermal plant in South Africa. Xina Solar One is a 100 MW plant that uses parabolic trough technology to generate renewable and sustainable and dispatchable power from the sun. Furthermore, this power plant features a thermal energy storage system using molten salts that … Continue reading Abengoa achieves practical completion for Xina Solar One, its third concentrated solar power plant in South Africa

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SAWEA establishes platform for women in energy

The South African Wind Energy Association (SAWEA) has launched a programme that seeks to promote the professional and personal development of youth who are interested in pursuing careers in the energy sector. Through this programme, leading women in the energy sector are given the platform to connect with senior students at South African Universities and … Continue reading SAWEA establishes platform for women in energy

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Enel starts operating new South African wind farm

Enel, through its subsidiary Enel Green Power RSA (“EGP RSA”), has started commercial operation at its 111 MW Gibson Bay wind farm, located in the Kouga Municipality of the Eastern Cape province of South Africa. William Price, Country Manager in South Africa, said: “Gibson Bay is the second wind farm we have brought to life … Continue reading Enel starts operating new South African wind farm

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Enel brings two new South African PV plants

Enel, through its renewable energy subsidiary Enel Green Power RSA (EGP RSA), has brought the 82.5 MW Adams and Pulida solar PV plants, which are respectively located in South Africa’s Northern Cape and Free State provinces, into commercial operation. “Enel Green Power RSA’s two new solar projects were completed ahead of schedule, according to the … Continue reading Enel brings two new South African PV plants

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Abengoa receives Provisional Acceptance Certificate for Khi Solar One, the first concentrated solar power tower plant on the African continent

Khi Solar One has 50 MW of installed capacity and a two-hour storage capacity, incorporating cutting-edge technology developed by Abengoa. Following commissioning, the plant is officially handed over to Khi Solar One Pty. Ltd, a corporation that is made up of Industrial Development Corporation (IDC), Khi Community Trust and Abengoa. Abengoa (MCE: ABG.B), the international … Continue reading Abengoa receives Provisional Acceptance Certificate for Khi Solar One, the first concentrated solar power tower plant on the African continent

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Wind power in Africa

As the only country in North Africa without significant proven hydrocarbon reserves, Morocco has consistently backed the construction of wind and solar energy projects. It was the fourth biggest investor in renewable energy in relation to the size of its GDP in the world last year. The government’s latest targets aim to boost the proportion … Continue reading Wind power in Africa

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South Africa is expected to deploy more than 3 GW of additional wind power capacity

South Africa is the new hotspot for wind installation and has great potential for capacity addition over the next four years, says the new report from GlobalData. Over 3 GW is expected to be installed by 2020, bringing the country’s cumulative capacity up to 5.6 GW, according to research and consulting firm GlobalData. The company’s latest … Continue reading South Africa is expected to deploy more than 3 GW of additional wind power capacity

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Nordex South Africa: “Amakhala Emoyeni”on the grid

The Nordex Group has successfully connected its largest wind farm in South Africa to date, to the grid. Installation was completed in June before the wind farm passed necessary grid connection tests in mid-July. Now the customer, Cennergi, a joint venture comprised of Exxaro and Tata Power, has officially commissioned the turbines. The wind farm … Continue reading Nordex South Africa: “Amakhala Emoyeni”on the grid

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Tata Power’s South African JV operationalises 134 MW wind farm

Tata Power today announced its South African joint venture Cennergi has achieved the commercial operation of its 134 mw wind farm project. “Cennergi (Pty) Ltd, Tata Power’s 50:50 joint venture with Exxaro Resources in South Africa, achieved commercial operations for its 134 mw Amakhala Emoyeni wind farm project yesterday,” Tata Power said in a BSE … Continue reading Tata Power’s South African JV operationalises 134 MW wind farm

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Anniversary of South Africa’s launching 450 MW Concentrated Solar Power allocation in REIPPPP Rd 4.5

South Africa launched in July 2015 round 4.5 of its Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer Procurement Programme (REIPPPP), to procure an additional 1.8 GW of renewable energy capacity. News says some 450 MW of the capacity is to be allocated to CSP projects and seven CSP projects were bid. One year has passed after the … Continue reading Anniversary of South Africa’s launching 450 MW Concentrated Solar Power allocation in REIPPPP Rd 4.5

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80 MW Noupoort wind farm enters commercial operation

The 80 MW Noupoort wind farm, in the Northern Cape, entered commercial operation on July 11, with all 35 turbines at the R1.9-billion facility commissioned and connected to the Eskom grid. Country programme manager Savva Antoniadis reports that Noupoort is also the first wind farm selected during the third bid window of the Renewable Energy … Continue reading 80 MW Noupoort wind farm enters commercial operation

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ACWA Power, SolarReserve to break ground on 100 MW Concentrated Solar Power plant in South Africa

SolarReserve and Saudi ACWA Power will break ground on a joint project for 100 MW  concentrated solar power (CSP) plant in South Africa in September, Terence Govender, SolarReserve’s vice president of development was quoted as saying by news agency Ecofin.   The project was selected within the 3.5 bid window under South Africa’s Renewable Energy … Continue reading ACWA Power, SolarReserve to break ground on 100 MW Concentrated Solar Power plant in South Africa

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Bokpoort Concentrated Solar Power Plant delivers six days of continuous, full-load electricity – an African record

ACCIONA, SENER and TSK built Concentrated Solar Power (CSP) plant in South Africa has set a new African record for the continuous, round the clock supply of electricity. Within the first month of commercial operation, the newly-inaugurated 50 MW Bokpoort CSP plant, produced electricity for a continuous period of 161 hours, equivalent to almost six … Continue reading Bokpoort Concentrated Solar Power Plant delivers six days of continuous, full-load electricity – an African record

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SENER and ACCIONA start the turnkey construction of the Kathu Concentrated Solar Power for 500 million Euros

Located in the town of Kathu, in South Africa’s Northern Cape Province, this project makes up part of the 2010 IRP (Integrated Resource Program) National Electricity Plan, and will provide an increase in the country’s generation capacity until it reaches 86.8 GW in 2030, of which 24% will be renewable. It should be noted that … Continue reading SENER and ACCIONA start the turnkey construction of the Kathu Concentrated Solar Power for 500 million Euros

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