Renewable Energy

NERSA recently announced that it has approved 28 successful preferred bidders for the first phase of the Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer Programme.

Evolution Markets is the world’s largest environmental commodities brokerage firm with offices in San Francisco, New York, London, Shanghai and Cape Town. Their activities in Sub-Saharan Africa include sourcing international equity capital providers on behalf of renewable energy project developers, de-centralised solar PV project development and brokerage of carbon credits on behalf of project owners to international buyers.

By Thomas Kraneis, Lahmeyer International

The International Energy Agency has confirmed that the target of a 2°C increase of temperatures worldwide cannot be reached and that it will be more likely between 3 to 4°C. People need to accept that the climate is rapidly changing and that they need to look at effective ways of generating energy.

Tuesday, 14 August 2012 10:25

PV integrated roofing

Metrotile SA brings eco-friendly lightweight roofing systems, photovoltaic solar tiles and proprietary ventilation systems to the local market.

Tuesday, 03 April 2012 11:13

Sunfuel to empower South Africans

Concentrated solar power (CSP) could create a number of new jobs in South Africa. The CSP industry encourages the country’s government to invest in the renewable energy sector and create a platform that will encourage the CSP community to get involved.

Tuesday, 03 April 2012 11:11

A new way of cooking

The sun is a powerful alternative source of clean energy. Crosby Menzies empowers people in the rural areas in Africa to use solar energy rather than firewood for their cooking needs.

Tuesday, 03 April 2012 11:06

Solar water heaters are safer

The insurance industry spends thousands on water damage due to burst electric geysers. However, various companies and industry leaders are advocating that South Africa must follow the Australian government and replace electric geysers with solar water heating systems.

The local solar industries are set for growth. The search for renewable energy sources are 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.

Students from the University of Johannesburg participate every two years in the Solar Challenge. The UJ’s solar team designed a solar car to take part in this race. The Solar Challenge seeks to drive science development of alternative energy by racing solar and hybrid vehicles across the country.

Anglo American Platinum used a platinum-based fuel-cell generator to supply the local electricity grid during the COP17 climate talks, which were recently held in Durban. The demonstration showcased the country’s ability to become a leader in one of the most promising renewable energy technologies in the world.