Finance & Financing mechanisms
Thursday, 07 February 2013 08:26

Hospitality’s new, green jacket

Website: Once a luxury for the eco-conscious, deep-pocketed elite, “green” hospitality is finally becoming a mainstream trend.

Could desalination mitigate South Africa’s growing demand for fresh water? According to the South Africa Desalination Market Forecast and Opportunities, 2017, conducted by TechSci Research, the answer is a clear yes.

South Africa is in need of solutions to deal with its mine water and acid mine drainage (AMD). Various research groups are currently looking into initiatives which could be developed to pro-actively deal with mine water and AMD. The ultimate goal is to create opportunities to utilise this liability in an acceptable business and environmentally-friendly way.

Wednesday, 28 March 2012 10:53

PV industry set for growth

The local PV industry is set for growth. The search for renewable energy sources is on to help Eskom supplement its electricity demand, and forecasted energy price escalations from Eskom make these technologies an investment. It also helps that the country experiences twice as much sunny days as Europe.

Wednesday, 28 March 2012 10:52

PV industry set for growth

The local PV industry is set for growth. The search for renewable energy sources is on to help Eskom supplement its electricity demand, and forecasted energy price escalations from Eskom make these technologies an investment. It also helps that the country experiences twice as much sunny days as Europe.

“As much as 50% of South Africa’s electricity can be comprised of nuclear energy,” national planning commission member Bobby Godsell said at a public discussion on energy in Johannesburg.

The US$3,75-billion loan for Eskom to develop a new coal-fired power plant was approved by the World Bank on 8 April 2010. The loan forms part of Eskom’s long-term financing of a multi-year investment programme aimed at expanding power generation capacity by about 50% (from about 40 000MW, to 80 000MW) and, according to Eskom and the South African Embassy, it will  ensure security of electricity supply required for economic growth and development.

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