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Why the Future of Africa Lies in Solar Power

26 April 2017

Over R 130 billion (roughly $10 billion) is spent on energy products such as charcoal, kerosene and candles across Africa annually. However, the work being done in South Africa with solar power means that number could drop drastically over...

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Prolonged NUM strike will threaten Eskom coal supplies

29 November 2016

Over 30 000 NUM members went on strike on Sunday after NUM and affected coal companies-Anglo Coal, Glencore, Delmas, Exxaro Coal, Kangra and Msobo- could not reach an agreement over NUM’s demand for R 1000 for the lowest category...

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Universal electricity access by 2030

03 December 2015

South Africa had committed to a new global treaty on climate change. Upscaling renewable energy with the goal of mitigating carbon dioxide emissions was expected to top the agenda. “We can’t continue as if it is business as usual....

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Eskom requests a further 16% increase

13 November 2015

Nersa’s Charles Hlebela confirmed receipt of the application, which the regulator had calculated could, should it be approved, result in a tariff increase of 16.61% from April 1, 2016, inclusive of the 8% already sanctioned for the year. In...

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Energy should be accessible to all, but it should be sustainable

14 October 2015

Governments need to deliberately decide that their renewable-energy strategies are energy access strategies and that these programmes are designed to not be grid-based, but rather based on a modular decentralised strategy to have many grids supplying energy where it...

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South Africa’s Renewable ramp-up “impressive”

14 October 2015

Between January and June this year, wind and solar photovoltaic (PV) power plants contributed 2% of the 114.1 TWh of electricity sent to the national grid, a material scale-up from the position of previous years. Bischof-Niemz says while the...

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Submission to NERSA in response to Eskom’s 25,3% increase application

09 October 2015

Eskom has submitted an application to the National Energy Regulator of South Africa (NERSA) to increase the electricity price by a further 12,61% over and above the 12,69% increase that came into effect on 1 April this year, making...

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Joburg total blackout

09 October 2015

A union’s threat of causing a “total blackout” in the greater Johannesburg area this month would be an act of sabotage, City Power said on Thursday. The South African Municipal Worker’s Union told the City of Johannesburg’s power utility...

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New Global study highlights rising competitiveness of Wind, Solar

09 October 2015

A new levelised cost of electricity analysis by Bloomberg new Energy Finance shows that onshore wind has become competitive with gas and coal in some parts of the world and that the gap between fossil-fuel production and solar photovoltaic...

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Move towards 100% Renewable energy by 2050

07 October 2015

Move towards 100% renewable energy by 2015, says Greenpeace.” With real political will, we can get there.” Greenpeace research in collaboration with the German Aerospace Centre, The Energy (R) evolution Scenario 2015, had shown that future savings in fuel...

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