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Renewable Energy for Cape Town

Cape Town Mayor Patricia de Lille says the city will embark on a programme to generate its own energy from renewables by 2020.

De Lille says the aim is to generate about 20% of the city's total electricity supply towards that period. 

She announced a new plan on Monday, called the Organisational Development and Transformation Plan, which aims to improve service delivery and modernise government. 

SA Urged to Invest in Renewable Energy

As rolling blackouts leave many South Africans in the dark, Greenpeace Africa says the government is not fast-tracking investments in renewable energy, but is instead pushing forward with unsustainable, unaffordable plans for nuclear expansion which would deliver too little, too late, and at far too high a price.

Greenpeace Africa spokesperson, Mbong Akiy Fokwa Tsafack, points out that South Africa is in the midst of a crushing energy crisis - one of the worst to date.

​Agency Pledges Sh240 Billion in Aid

The French Development Agency AFD will inject over Sh240 billion into renewable energy, water and transport projects in Tanzania.

AFD Representative in Tanzania Emmanuel Baudra, told reporters in Dar es Salaam yesterday that the latest development plans are in line with the French President's commitment to increase support by a 50 per cent by 2020.

EnerGcare: Project Manager

Restio Energy was established in response to the growing need for innovative, sustainable and commercially based solutions to Africa's growing energy challenges. Its vision is to contribute to an Africa free from energy poverty, offering intelligent solutions that enable the sustainable transition to renewable energy.

Renewable Energy Hub for KZN

The KwaZulu-Natal provincial government, along with the Ethekwini Municipality, have teamed-up with leading international renewable energy institutions to create an R11.2bn renewable energy hub project due to be completed by 2020.

The proposed project, to be built near the King Shaka Airport, will comprise a 260MW hybrid renewable energy plant, a centre for excellence for renewable energy and the TW Kambule academy on renewable energy.

The plant is relatively small compared to the size of Eskom’s Kusile coal power station, which will generate 4800MW.

US$250m Renewable Energy Loan for SA

Power utility Eskom has signed a US$250 million (about R1.9 billion) loan that will finance the building of South Africa's largest solar energy and wind power generation projects.

Signing the guarantee, Finance Minister, Pravin Gordhan, said South Africa has a huge comparative advantage when it comes to solar power generation.

The 40-year loan, signed in Pretoria, will help finance the building of a 100 megawatt solar power plant near Upington and the 100 megawatt Sere wind farm near Vredendal in the Western Cape.

Loan Agreements for Wind Project

Eskom has signed two loan agreements totalling US$365 million with the African Development Bank, which will enable it to implement a renewable wind and solar generator.

In a press statement, Eskom CEO, Brian Dames, points out that, "We are committed to a cleaner energy future and we now have the capability to implement our large-scale wind and solar generation projects.”

The loan will go towards financing Eskom's 100MW Sere Wind Project in Vredendal, Western Cape.

Renewable Energy to Create Jobs - Magubane

The Department of Energy says the procurement of renewable Independent Power Producers (IPP) will create jobs in rural areas.

The department’s director-general, Nelisiwe Magubane, points out that most of the renewable independent power producers will be in rural areas, where there is limited economic activity.

Magubane states that the IPP procurement programme is intended to promote sustainable growth, job creation and the renewable energy industry.

UN Pushes for Green Climate Fund

The United Nations Development Programme environment and energy group director, Verlee Vanderweerd, says the technology and experience needed to eradicate Africa’s energy poverty by 2030 is already available.

The climate fund, agreed to at the 2009 Copenhagen climate change talks, has pledges of US$30 billion by next year and US$100 billion a year by 2020.

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