Energy Efficiency
“Aging infrastructure, increasingly stringent regulating, high energy costs and budgetary constraints are some of the challenges that South Africa’s wastewater plants deal with.
Besides the financial incentives of having energy-efficient buildings, energy-efficiency can also help to reduce the impacts of climate change. According to global strategy consulting firm McKinsey, energy-efficiency strategies are the most profitable, but also the biggest contributor to reducing harmful CO2 emissions.
Friday, 28 January 2011 12:51

IEA releases annual World Energy Outlook

The central scenario of the International Energy Agency’s annual World Energy Outlook (WEO) is the New Policies Scenario – which takes account of the broad policy commitments and plans that have been announced by countries around the world.
Utilities such as energy, water and waste can form a large component of costs and operational requirements for companies. There is, however, increasing recognition that reducing utility usage not only lowers operating costs, but can help to achieve environmental targets and regulatory alignment, as well as demonstrate corporate responsibility to shareholders, customers, clients and the wider public.
Friday, 12 November 2010 13:02

Darling residents get solar water heaters

The Western Cape’s Department of Environmental Affairs and Planning awarded the contract to supply and install solar water heating to a number of community members in Darling, Western Cape, to Citrine Solar and their supplier, Solar Distributors Africa (SDA) The Department has set a goal of 14% renewable energy by 2014 and impoverished communities, who often have no access to hot water, will benefit greatly from this type of project, according to Tony Geldenhuys,a Director of Citrine Solar.
Friday, 12 November 2010 12:59

Smart metering gives back to the community

“With all the talk about smart metering and its potential to manage the electrical crisis, improve grid-efficiency and curb financial losses for major electricity utilities, one significant point is forgotten”, says the managing director of Green Technologies, Shalin Govender.
Friday, 12 November 2010 12:55

Power factor correction for your business

Until fairly recently, the return on investment for power factor correction equipment in South African commercial and industrial applications was extremely long. Avoidance of wasteful electricity demand and consumption was in the past not given the attention it deserves and energy-efficiency has only very recently become a strategic objective for most companies.
Why do organisations increase spending to “green” themselves and what is required to realise real returns on energy-efficiency investments?
Friday, 12 November 2010 12:53

Energy management: 102

Africa’s increased demand for available resources and unstable energy environment have caused building owners and companies to seek energy management solutions to absorb rising electricity prices and ensure sustainability.
Friday, 12 November 2010 11:09

Lighting retrofits that make business sense

Leading lighting retrofitting company, EcoLight Distributors, have been specialising in the commercial and industrial market for the last six years. Many high-profile companies have retrofitted their buildings and operations with Ecolight products and, due to the lifespan of the products, have been reaping the rewards of low maintenance and lower electricity bills. Some of these companies include the American Embassey, PPS, Anglo Coal, municipalities and banks.

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