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  • FMF calls for accelerated gazetting of 100 MW distributed generation licensing-exemption threshold
    by Donna Slater on July 23, 2021 at 2:17 pm

    Independent nonprofit public benefit organisation the Free Market Foundation (FMF) is calling on government to accelerate the process of detailing and Gazetting President Cyril Ramaphosa’s June announcement about raising the threshold for companies to produce their own electricity without a licence, to 100 MW. During his June announcement, Ramaphosa said he would give Mineral Resources and Energy Minister Gwede Mantashe 60 days to Gazette the amendment.

  • Micro-Grid Academy Young Talent awards recognise eight finalists for innovation
    by Marleny Arnoldi on July 23, 2021 at 1:24 pm

    The Micro-Grid Academy Young Talent of the Year 2021 Awards have named eight finalists from across Africa in recognition of their sustainable energy innovations. This yearly competition is backed by RES4Africa Foundation, Enel Green Power and the European Investment Bank (EIB). It encourages young entrepreneurs from across Africa to develop projects that expand energy access, enable greater use of renewable energy and accelerate sustainability.

  • More municipalities procuring their own power
    by Creamer Media Reporter on July 23, 2021 at 8:17 am

    Creamer Media’s Chanel de Bruyn speaks to Engineering News Editor Terence Creamer about the increasing number of big cities and medium-sized municipalities that are looking to either build or procure new electricity capacity.

  • Platinum giants eye solar power as green answer to blackouts
    by Bloomberg on July 23, 2021 at 7:35 am

    The world’s biggest platinum miners are ramping up plans to build renewable energy plants to free them from power outages that have plagued South Africa for more than a decade and to reduce their carbon footprint. Sibanye-Stillwater, the No. 1 platinum miner, Impala Platinum Holdings and Anglo American Platinum said they plan to scale up solar and wind farms for their own use to cut reliance on state-owned utility Eskom Holdings, some of whose aging coal-fired plants have failed to keep up with electricity demand.

  • Hybrid solar installation completed in Zimbabwe
    by Halima Frost on July 22, 2021 at 10:00 pm

    The active partnership between South Africa-based solar solutions provider Blockpower SA and German-managed microgrid integrator Dhybrid has resulted in the completion of a 1.4 MWp, 1 MVA, 480 kWh hybrid solar system at an agriculture estate, in Zimbabwe. The Tanganda Tea Company, which operates several agriculture estates in the Chipinge district, procured the services of Blockpower to install a hybrid solar solution for its tea processing plant.