SA’s renewables production costs minimised at high penetration levels, NREL study shows

Preliminary Findings of the South Africa Power System Capacity Expansion and Operational Model Study (2.38 MB) Download NREL research engineer Erol Chartan A new independent study published by the National Renewable Energy Laboratory(NREL), in the US, concludes that significant production cost savings could be achieved if South Africa added between 60 GW and 100 GW of additional variable renewable energy (VRE) by 2035. The NREL study is a pure production cost analysis that does not interrogate the feasibility or cost of

Globeleq increases stake in South African renewables projects

Electricity generation project developer, owner and operator Globeleq has increased its shareholding in the Jeffreys Bay Wind Farm, as well as in the De Aar Solar and Droogfontein Solar projects in South Africa by acquiring Mainstream Renewable Power’s minority shareholdings in the three projects. Globeleq will fund the acquisition through a mix of internal funds and available credit facilities. “This is a natural progression for Globeleq in South Africaand reinforces our ongoing commitment to powering Africa’s growth,” CEO Paul Hanrahan said.

SAPVIA launches PV GreenCard

Secure PV installations for South Africa and a database of reliable installers The South African Photovoltaic Industry Association SAPVIA launched their new PV GreenCard in Johannesburg on Friday, 26th May. As main motivation for the programme they state the “peace of mind that your solar PV installation complies with industry and international best practice”. The idea is to create a safe environment for end clients, installers and investors. The procedure is simple: SAPVIA gives out guidelines for assessments where installers undergo