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2014 – Issue 1

Jeffreys Bay wind farm – how an industry began

The 138 MW Jeffreys Bay Wind Farm, one of the first large wind energy projects that will be commissioned in South Africa, stems back to 2001 and a small sustainability related start-up company. In 2001...

A tale of tall cities

By Shaun Wilson, director of energy and sustainability services at Schneider Electric South Africa High performance buildings: the larger and more economically viable a city is, the more buildings and infrastructure it has. Ironically though,...

The future of PV technology

Most of the early grid tied photovoltaic power projects in South Africa are using crystalline silicone based modules, which dominate the industry, accounting for some 90% of the total installed. However, arguments can be...

Mobile gas turbines – bridging the power gap

By Ranjit Singh, APR Energy Managing Director, Europe, Middle East and Africa. Power shortages are estimated to cost the global economy over US$500 trillion in lost gross domestic product (GDP) each year. The shortages exist...

South Africa getting ready for nuclear build

There have been no announcements for South Africa’s nuclear build programme beyond the integrated resource plan (IRP). However, the country is better prepared to undertake such a programme than it was previously. On 13 February...

Assuring revenue for South African utilities

By Imraan Mohamed, Marketing Manager, Itron sub-Saharan Africa Utilities and electricity providers around the globe are faced with pressures on several fronts, including low margins and escalation of non-technical losses in South Africa. To deal...

The right bill of material materials for solar modules

DuPont Photovoltaic Solutions has established an extensive fielded module evaluation programme to develop the knowledge base which will enable a better understanding of how modules and materials age and degrade in the real world...

Eskom’s renewables portfolio

Eskom is serious about participating in South Africa’s renewable energy sector; it is constructing the Sere Wind Farm, has advanced its plans for a 100 MW concentrating solar power (CSP) facility and has a...

Revenue protection by smart meter

By Emmanuel Akromah, technical director of NURI Telecom SA (Pty) Ltd Utility companies need to continue to remain financially healthy and viable to deal with the challenges of poverty, unemployment and inequality. Securing the revenue...

Emerging market – energy regulators exchange ideas

The Regional Electricity Regulators Association of Southern Africa (RERA) was formed in 2012, and in March 2014 hosted a meeting of similar bodies from emerging markets around the world to exchange ideas. This took the...

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