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The South African department of energy’s Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer (REIPPP) programme has a strong localisation element. By the date of the third REIPPP bid, submissions for solar electricity tenders in South Africa requires that 65% of the total costs attributed to such projects be local.
Rotor blade manufacturer, LM Wind Power says that its ambition is to lower the cost of energy generated by wind power below grid parity, through a research project to develop intelligent blades based on wireless sensor technology.
Southern Africa can achieve universal access to modern energy services if the region harnesses its renewable energy resources, according to the 33rd Southern African Development Community (SADC) energy ministers meeting that took place in Maseru, Lesotho. This is as reported by Kizito Sikuka.
Among the US$$1 billion Google has invested in renewable energy projects around the world is the US$12 million it has put into the Jasper Power Project in South Africa’s Northern Cape. When complete, the 96 MW solar photovoltaic (PV) facility will be capable of generating enough electricity for 30,000 South African homes.
The end of 2013 will see the 7.0 MW RustMo1 solar photovoltaic (PV) power generation facility located at Buffelspoort, 22 kilometres outside the city of Rustenburg in the North West Province, come onto the grid.
The number of Current outputs that users require from Protection Relay Test Sets always seems to be increasing and of course test sets are evolving to meet these requirements. Some of the latest models of Test Sets, for example, are capable of injecting ten test currents simultaneously from a single test set. Sometimes, however, even this isn’t quite enough and in certain applications more is needed. ... more
“EAPP is very important, but it is often treated as a village boy who is common to all, required by all to do chores for all...” Exclusive interview with Mr Jasper Oduor, well-respected energy expert in the East-African region, former Executive Secretary of the Eastern Africa Power Pool and currently with Edison Engineers in Kenya. He is also a speaker at the upcoming EAPIC ... more
South Africa’s Energy Intensive User’s Group (EIUG), whose members account for 44% of the country’s electricity usage, estimates that if there were no constraints on supply 2,000 MW of demand would return to the grid immediately.
South Africa’s electricity sector is in trouble, and has been for some time. There are days when the
supply available to meet peak demand is less than the capacity of a single large generation unit
available to Eskom, which means margins for error let alone reserve margins are non-existent.