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The Perfect Storm? Prof. L.J. Grobelar predicts the energy efficiency industry will now take off.

Lisa Reynolds opened the 7th South African Energy Efficiency Convention in Johannesburg today 14th November in the absence of the Honorable Sisa Njokelana, Chairmen of the Portfolio Committee for Energy in SA.  Keynote speaker Prof LJ Grobler, feels that the time is right for the “perfect storm” as the right combination of factors have come together for the Energy Efficiency Industry to take off. – read more >
Source: The Green Business Guide 

 

SolarReserve pulls In $586m for South African clean energy project.

SolarReserve, a U.S.-based solar energy developer has succeeded in closing a $586 million equity and debt round of financing for two South African clean-energy projects.

To raise the funds for the projects, SolarReserve joined forces with the Kensani Group, a South African financial advisory firm, and Intikon Energy, a South African developer of renewable energy. – read more >
Source: The Green Business Guide 

 

Largest solar bid allocation in South Africa Round 1 worth R13 billion.

Cape Town renewable energy company Solar Capital won a R13 billion deal to supply the South African power grid with electricity generated from a 75 MW photovoltaic solar farm to bebuilt in the Northern Cape.  The deal was signed with the South African department of energy and Eskom and is the largest solar bid allocation in round 1 of the department of energy’s renewable energy independent power producer procurement programme. – read more >
Source: The Green Business Guide 

 

GrowthPoint Property Group Spends R43m on energy efficient lights.

South African commercial property group Growthpoint Properties is replacing all its light fittings in its office portfolio using the latest energy-saving technology. This R43 million project means all 134 office buildings in its portfolio, spanning over a million square metres of office space, will get new, energy efficient light fittings, designed specifically for Growthpoint. – read more >
Source: The Green Business Guide 

 

European Investment Bank backs South Africa’s first solar tower project.

The European Investment Bank, Europe’s long-term lending institution, has agreed to provide US$63.5 million for the Khi Solar One project. This is the first large concentrated solar power project in sub-Saharan Africa and one of the first private sector renewable energy projects in South Africa. – read more >
Source: The Green Business Guide 

 

Solving the electricity price crisis the free market way.

With Eskom in the process of getting its third multi-year price determination passed by the energy regulator, there is widespread concern about the energy supplier’s proposed yearly increases of 16% till 2018. Enter the Free Market Foundation, who will itself make a submission to the regulator, arguing that the price plan is too steep, too damaging to the economy and above all unnecessary. Their recipe? Privatisation. – read more >
Source: The Green Business Guide

 

South Africa’s first green skyscraper on schedule.

Cape Town’s new Portside building is well on schedule to become South Africa’s (and perhaps even the African continent’s) first green tall building, as green building principles are being incorporated at every level of construction of this 32-floor building. – read more >
Source: The Green Business Guide

 

Alexander Forbes takes up residence in its green home.

Alexander Forbes in October moved its 2 200 Johannesburg staff into the new R840-million green 36 950 m² eight storey head office at 115 West Street, Sandton. – read more >
Source: The Green Business Guide

 

Paarl’s first commercial green building.

Cecilia Square, the prestigious new commercial office development adjacent to the Paarl Mall on the N1, is scheduled to open its doors on 1 August 2013, when anchor tenant BKB GrainCo, will move in to occupy the majority of the development’s first phase. – read more >
Source: The Green Business Guide 

 

Tesla’s Model S electric sedan named Car of the Year.

Read more: Tesla’s Model S Electric Sedan Named Car of the Year by Motor Trend | Inhabitat – Sustainable Design Innovation, Eco Architecture, Green Building Tesla Motors has plenty to celebrate this morning with news that the Tesla Model S electric sedan just received its second award from the automotive press. Motor Trend has just named the Model S sedan its 2013 Car of the Year, one of the automotive industry’s most coveted awards. – read more >
Source: The Green Business Guide

 

Floating solar field concept developed.

Researchers at DNV have developed a dynamic floating offshore solar field concept. Dubbed SUNdy, the core feature of the concept is a hexagonal array which floats on the sea surface. A collection of these arrays, totalling 4,200 solar panels, forms a solar island the size of a large football stadium, capable of generating 2.0 MW. Multiple islands connected together make up a solar field of 50 MW or more, producing enough electricity for 30,000 people. – read more >
Source: The Green Business Guide

 

IDC concludes R5bn ‘green bond’ with PIC

The Industrial Development Corporation (IDC) has concluded a R5-billion private placement with the Public Investment Corporation (PIC) for a ‘green bond’, established to facilitate funding for businesses looking to invest in clean-energy infrastructure developments. – read more >
Source: Engineering News 

 

South Africa approves 1.4GW  of extra wind capacity

South African energy regulator NERSA has approved an additional 1.47GW of wind power to be in place by 2020.  The capacity forms part of an extra 3.2GW of renewable energy requested by energy minister Dipuo Peters earlier the month. – read more >
Source: Wind Power Monthly

 

Recipients of the 2012 SANEA Energy Awards announced.

he recipients of the SANEA Energy Awards for 2012 were announced at a ceremony and banquet hosted by Brian Statham, chairman of the South African National Energy Association (SANEA). This gala event reflected the significance of the both the awards and the recipients, who are striving on a daily basis to ensure that South Africa enjoys a stable and secure energy future.

The Premier SANEA Energy Award for 2012 was awarded jointly to Prof. Anton Eberhard, a commissioner at the National Planning Commission (NPC) and head of the Graduate School of Business (GSB) at the University of Cape Town, and Mike Rossouw, chairman of the Energy Intensive User Group (EIUG) and a director at Xstrata.

The SANEA Energy Project Award for 2012 was awarded to the City of Cape Town. Spurred on by its Energy and Climate Change Unit under the leadership of Sarah Ward, Cape Town has demonstrated leadership and innovation through its various campaigns and projects designed to ensure the responsible use of energy.

The SANEA Energy Education Award for 2012 was awarded to the South African Institute for Architectural Technologists (SAIAT). For several years Peter Brown and Frans Dekker of SAIAT have travelled throughout South Africa conducting workshops to ensure that professionals and the general public are made aware of the importance of energy efficiency in building design and management.

The SANEA Energy Journalism Award for 2012 was awarded to Lise Pretorius for her work at the Financial Mail from August 2010 to July 2012, where she has been particularly effective in advancing the understanding of energy matters in South Africa.
Source: EE-Publishers

 


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