Renewable Energy to Experience Exponential Growth

WWF director for global energy policy for WWFs’ global climate and energy initiative, Dr Stephan Singer, points out that, “Even the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development-led International Energy Agency [IEA], which has underestimated the real growth in clean renewables, is now acknowledging that renewables [mainly wind and solar] will be the largest new electricity sources in the decade to come.”

According to the IEA report, renewable electricity additions over the next five years were expected to top 700 gigawatts – more than twice Japan’s current power capacity.

​Eskom Gets R2.6bn Green Energy Boost

The New Development Bank (NDB), known as the BRICS Bank, says that Eskom will receive R2.6 billion in assistance for renewable energy projects, part of a package of R11.85 billion in green energy loans it approved this month.
A spokesperson for the bank says the Eskom projects would involve transmission lines to carry 670 MW of generation and 500 MW worth of renewable energy projects involving independent power producers.

Renewables Attract R192.6bn of Investment for SA

According to a report by the Department of Energy, the renewables sector has attracted R192.6 billion in investment, of which 28 percent (R53.2 billion) is much-needed foreign investment.

The State of Renewable Energy in South Africa report, which was released at the South Africa International Renewable Energy Conference (SAIREC), explains that South Africa is well on its way to achieving a goal of 30 percent clean energy by 2025.

Renewables, Gas, to Become Major Energy Sources

According to Lynley Donnelly, gas and renewables are expected to be Africa's two major sources of energy growth, but it depends on fixing an energy sector that is poor in supply.

In an article titled ‘Renewables, gas expected to be Africa's major energy sources’, Donnelly emphasises the fact that gas and renewable power are expected to be the two major sources of energy growth on the African continent in the coming years.

Renewable Energy Good for SA - WFC

The World Future Council (WFC) says renewable energy has the potential to spur on socio-economic development in South Africa.

According to a new study conducted by the WFC and the Heinrich Böll Foundation, renewable energy feed-in tariff policies (REFiT) are a promising way to unlock renewable energy development in Africa.

Solar Energy Could Save SA Billions

The United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) says South Africa could save up to R3.7 billion per year by changing completely to solar-powered energy-efficient light bulbs.

In its latest report, the UN agency, which assessed what gains could be achieved by 80 countries should they shift to solar-powered alternatives, argues that should South Africa change over, the country would be able to repay the conversion costs in nine months.

Greenpeace: SONA Ignores Electricity Crisis

Environmental group, Greenpeace, says South Africans face ‘sharply’ increasing electricity prices and an impending water crisis - something the president seems to have missed in his State of the Nation Address.

The organisation argues that while government’s estimated R47 billion investment in renewable energy projects is a step in the right direction, this amount is insignificant when compared to the well-over R200 billion being spent on new coal-fired power stations - or the estimated R1 trillion for the planned nuclear programme.

100 iShacks for South African Squatters

With the iShack, squatters get a solid dwelling that is fitted with enough solar panels to keep the lights on at night and provide power for important equipment such as mobile phone chargers.

It is an initiative from researchers at the University of Stellenbosch, which they hope can alleviate poverty across the country and beyond South Africa's borders too.

Cabinet Approves SA-DRC Hydro Draft Treaty

Cabinet has approved the draft treaty between South Africa and the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) on developing the Grand Inga Hydropower Project in the DRC.

Government spokesperson, Jimmy Manyi, says that the project has the potential to supply clean and cost effective hydroelectric power to meet the needs of the DRC and surrounding or nearby countries including South Africa.

Manyi further states that the project entails developing about 40 000 megawatts of hydropower on the Congo River in the DRC, which could be developed in several stand-alone phases.


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