SMEs should take advantage of the tax incentives for PV systems
Businesses that make use of renewable energy solutions are entitled to tax incentives that could substantially drive down their operating costs. All businesses, especially small to medium enterprises (SMEs), should take advantage of this opportunity This according to Cala van der Westhuizen, Spokesperson for Energy Partners Home Solutions, a... Read more
Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries Minister Senzeni Zokwana has commended a farming project, which harnesses the power of the sun to grow vegetables. The Minister visited the SUNfarming project, situated at the North West University in Potchefstroom, on Tuesday. The solar powered vegetable growing project was born from a partnership... Read more
Chamber to focus on renewable energy manufacturing opportunities
The Nelson Mandela Bay Business Chamber and Regional Innovation Forum will look at positioning the Metro in terms of renewable energy manufacturing opportunities on March 16. In a statement, the Chamber notes that the imminent development of various renewable energy generation projects, most notably wind farms, in the Eastern... Read more
Great Kei Wind Power is planning to develop a 35-turbine wind facility outside Komga capable of generating a maximum of 105MW. Great Kei Wind Power is a special purpose vehicle created by Innowind, a South African based renewable energy generator that develops, finances, builds, operates and maintains commercial wind... Read more
Coega’s first wind turbine on track
SIX MONTHS after breaking ground, the construction of the Coega Industrial Development Zone’s (IDZ) first wind turbine manufacturing facility is on track to be completed in record time thanks to innovative and advanced engineering techniques used to fast track the process. The wind turbine factory was more than 60%... Read more
09-05-2013 -The Department of Energy will sign implementation and direct agreements and Eskom will sign power purchase agreements with five more wind facilities in the Eastern Cape tomorrow involving a combined investment of R8.65 billion. In terms of the agreement with the developers of the facilities 36.7% or R3.17... Read more
25-02-2013 -The 420MW Spitskop Wind Energy Facility planned for a 264 square kilometre area approximately six kilometres north-west of Riebeek East, and 15 kilometres north-west of Alicedale, is to be split into three phases. The decision has been taken in order to comply with the Department of Energy’s cap... Read more
The Draft Scoping Report for a third solar photovoltaic (PV) energy facility at Berlin has been public for comment. Thezi-Langa is proposing to develop at 50MW facility on 150 hectares of land in the Berlin Industrial Complex that is owned by the East London Industrial Development Corporation (ELIDZ). The... Read more
A number of wind farms in the Eastern Cape are among those who were successful bidders when the Department of Energy released the names of the 19 companies who had been selected following the second window of the Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer Programme. Nine solar photovoltaic bidders with... Read more
An Environmental Impact Assessment is underway for a 400 000 metric tons a year bio-fuels plant in Zone 5 of the Coega Industrial Development Zone using canola as feedstock. PhytoAmandla (Pty) Ltd, a South African-based company of the PhytoEnergy Group plans to construct and operate the plant. The Basic... Read more