Theresa May commits £56m for battery storage in South Africa

It is part of the prime minister’s package of measures announced during her three-day visit to Africa

Siemens Gamesa wins 250MW turbine order in South Africa

It will supply a total of 109 turbines for two wind farms

Work starts at two South African wind farms

The construction of two wind projects has started in South Africa. The Khobab and Loeriesfontein wind farms, located in Northern Cape, are expected to have a total capacity of 280MW. The projects, scheduled to start operating by December 2017, will cost around €460 million (£335m). Irish company Mainstream Renewable Power is developing the wind farms and engineering giant Siemens is […]

South Africa awards 371MW solar projects

Renewable energy company SunEdison has won five solar projects in South Africa. They will be located in Northern Cape and North West Provinces and are expected to have a total capacity of 371MW – enough electricity to power 200,000 homes. South African national utility Eskom will buy the solar energy in as part of a 20-year power […]

Irish firm wins 250MW wind energy projects

Mainstream Renewable Power has won two onshore wind energy projects in South Africa. The green energy firm was awarded the contracts, which have a combined capacity of 250MW, by the country’s Department of Energy. The Irish company will build the 140MW Kangnas Wind Farm in the Northern Cape and the 110MW Perdekraal East Wind Farm in […]

Irish firm raises $760m for South African wind

A Dublin-based renewable energy company has raised $760 million (£494m) to build three wind farms in South Africa. Mainstream Renewable Power was awarded contracts for the wind farms by the Department of Energy under the third round of its Renewable Energy Procurement Programme. The projects will have a combined capacity of 360MW. Barry Lynch, Mainstream’s […]

South Africa blackouts ‘straining the economy’

South Africa is facing more power cuts that could damage the economy. The blackouts are expected to continue for years to come because of the country’s age old infrastructure that is heavily reliant on coal stations to provide most of its power. Electricity suppliers Eskom who provide 95% of the country’s electricity introduced further load […]

Cheers to new South African solar

A new type of farm is making an appearance in South Africa – and it doesn’t involve wine. The Northern Cape, a South African province renowned for its vineyards, will be home to a new 86 megawatt photovoltaic solar farm. The deal led by solar energy developer Sonnedix will see work begin on the farm in the […]

South Africa and France ink nuclear energy deal

South Africa has signed a nuclear energy co-operation agreement with France. It covers areas including the development of skills and research and initiates the phase of possible deployment of French nuclear technologies in South Africa. The nation currently has only one nuclear power station, which provides around 5% of its installed generating capacity. It plans […]

Tobacco turned into jet fuel

A newly developed type of energy-rich tobacco plant could be turned into sustainable jet fuel. The novel technique means plants could find another use than as cigarettes and cigars. US aviation firm Boeing announced this week it is working on a project with South African Airways and Dutch green jet fuel firm SkyNRG to create […]