Preferred bidders for the Third Bid Submission Phase were announced today by the Minister of Energy Ben Martins. The Department of Energy said they had received 93 Bid Responses on the Third Bid Submission Date and has sent letters of appointment as Preferred Bidders to 17 Bidders who submitted Bid Responses on the Third Bid Submission Date. According to Kieran Whyte, director and National Practice Head of the Projects and Infrastructure Practice at Cliffe Dekker Hofmeyr, “Cliffe Dekker Hofmeyr is advising on one Concentrated Solar (CSP) project; one Landfill Gas project; two Onshore Wind projects and one Solar Photovoltaic project that received Preferred Bidder Status in Round 3 of the REIPPPP. We have also advised four additional preferred bidder projects on an ad hoc basis. “We are under mandate on a number of other Onshore Wind and Solar Photovoltaic projects that submitted bids under Round 3 that could still be selected as additional Preferred Bidders as outlined by the Department of Energy. The Department noted in an announcement on their website that “… a large number of very competitive Bid Responses were submitted for the Third Bid Submission Date in the Onshore Wind and Solar Photovoltaic Technologies, and the Department is considering the appointment of additional Preferred Bidders for those Technologies from the remaining Compliant Bidders. As such, the Preferred Bidders that have been appointed in those technologies may not be the only Preferred Bidders that are appointed in those technologies for the Third Bid Submission Date, and no final decision on this has been taken at this time. The Department will make a further announcement regarding its decision in this regard in due course, and is intending to do so by not later than 20 November 2013." Whyte said that both the firm’s Cape Town and Johannesburg offices were involved in the projects across many practice areas from projects and infrastructure, project finance, environmental, corporate and . . .
The Regulations regarding the Mandatory Blending of Biofuels with Petrol and Diesel (Regulations) will come into operation from 1 October 2015, according to a notice published in the Government Gazette on 30 September this year. This is according to Emma Dempster, Senior Associate in the Projects and Infrastructure Practice at Cliffe Dekker Hofmeyr, who says that the Regulations are part of the Biofuels Industrial Strategy of the Republic of SA (Biofuels Strategy) published in 2007. The aim of this Strategy was to outline the Government’s approach to policy, regulations and incentives in respect of biofuels “The Regulations were formulated to control the mandatory blending of bio-ethanol or biodiesel with petroleum petrol or petroleum diesel to produce a biofuel blend that may be sold in South Africa,” explains Dempster. “Biofuels include bioethanol, produced from sugar and starch crops such as corn or sugarcane; and biodiesel, produced from vegetable oils. The development of the industrial strategy and the establishment of a biofuels industry is aimed at stimulating South Africa's underdeveloped rural communities with a bio-fuels value chain as well as being in line with South Africa's aim of moving towards using cleaner fuels that have a lower sulphur content and produce less greenhouse-gas emissions by 2017,” she says. Dempster explains that Section 3 of the Regulations provides that a licenced petroleum manufacturer must only purchase biofuels from a licensed biofuels manufacturer. This Section also states that when a licensed biofuels manufacturer supplies biofuel to a blending facility of a licensed petroleum manufacturer; that biofuel must be accompanied by a quality assurance certificate. Also, a licensed petroleum manufacturer must pay the regulated price (being the transfer price of biodiesel or bio-ethanol, as regulated by the Minister of Energy) for the biofuels sold to it by a licensed biofuels manufacturer. Lastly, this Section notes that all . . .
A consortium led by ACWA Power International (ACWA Power), the leading Saudi electricity and desalinated water producer, and including the Public Investment Corporation (PIC) of South Africa (representing the Government Employees Pension Fund), Lereko Solafrica Investment, Lereko Metier Solafrica Fund 1, Lereko Metier Sustainable Capital Fund, Kurisani Solafrica Investments (representing the National NGO Lovelife) and Solafrica Community Investment Company confirmed the completion of financing and commencement of construction of the BOKPOORT Concentrated Solar Power (CSP) Independent Power Project (IPP) located in Northern Cape Province, 600 km south of Johannesburg, in the Republic of South Africa. Forming part of South Africa’s Renewable Energy IPP procurement program (REIPP), the 50MWe installed capacity BOKPOORT CSP Project is being equipped with the largest thermal storage ever adopted for a solar power plant of this class and capacity to date. The plant thermal storage capacity will be 9.3 hours enabling it to yield a record-high generation in excess of 200 GWh/year well into the night every day throughout the year. This makes CSP the only renewable technology at commercial scale to cover the country's daily peak demand from 5 to 9 PM thereby helping to prevent power black outs. BOKPOORT CSP IPP was the only CSP technology project and one of only 19 renewable energy projects selected by the Department of Energy of South Africa from among 79 bids submitted for the second window of the country's REIPP. The construction is being undertaken by a consortium of EPC contractors composed of TSK Electrónica y Electricidad S.A., Acciona Infrastructuras S.A., Acciona Ingeniería S.A., Sener Ingeniería y Sistemas S.A., all from Spain, and Crowie Concessions (Pty) Limited of South Africa. The construction of the power facility will utilize more than 40% of scope procured locally in South Africa. The operation and maintenance will be undertaken by a consortium . . .
The American Wind Energy Association (AWEA) has approved for State incentives, the Kestrel e400nb. South Africa’s only small wind turbine manufacturer, Kestrel, has the only turbine verified by design to be a class one small-wind turbine and to pass the testing. Approved by the Small Wind Certification Council (SWCC), US homeowners and businesses benefit from Feed-In Tariff schemes to incentivise renewable energy installations. The leading small wind turbine from Kestrel can produce 3,930kWh annually, and is ideal for the US due to its size and affordability. Teamed with its durability it can withstand high wind speeds (156mph) and has proved itself already in the US with a number of successful installations. With wind prevalent in most States and an average speed of 4.1 meters per second, wind energy is a great way to become eco-friendly, self-sufficient, less reliant on fossil fuels and reduce electricity bills. And, depending on the scheme, solution owners can even earn money when they send energy back into the grid. “Solid returns from renewable energy, new technology and improved government incentives, makes it easier to become less reliant on fossil fuels.” Commented Kestrel Director, Leon Gouws. “The US Government’s commitment to renewable energy and the certification process means people can support this vision, with knowledge that their turbine is robust enough to withstand the toughest of winds, and is reliable to ensure consistent energy production.” A quick science lesson Electricity produced by the turbine is processed by an electronic inverter and fed into the grid. The property is then preferentially supplied by wind power, and any shortfall during peak demand is supplied by the grid. The result is that your energy bill is reduced by the amount of wind energy that is harvested. Your chosen installer will be able to recommend your potential energy production, earnings and return on investment using your property’s . . .
Nelson Mandela Bay residents are the first in South Africa to be able connect their renewable energy systems to the national electricity grid. Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality has partnered with the National Energy Regulator of South Africa (NERSA) to approve systems up to 100kW to be grid connected. By being grid connected, homeowners and businesses can benefit from reduced electricity bills. Depending on electricity consumption and energy produced, each installation will reap varying cost savings. As an example, a typical South African home consumes on average 285kWh per person, per month. Based on an average family of four, this is 1,140kWh/month. Based on the average Port Elizabeth wind speed of five metres per second, the popular Kestrel e160i can produce 333kWh/monthly and two solar panels will produce 1,800kWh/month, so home owners will not need to purchase electricity, and saving R1,373/month. Leon Gouws, Sales and Marketing Director of Port Elizabeth’s Kestrel Renewable Energy explained the importance of this development: “While globally, grid connection of renewable energy sources is not uncommon, this is a South African first. The scheme has the potential to significantly impact both the cost of electricity as well as the ability to go green, but to also become self-sufficient and feed-in green energy to the grid. “Every site has a unique optimum combination of green energy sources such as solar and wind. A professionally designed and correctly installed solution should allow the household or small business to generate its own green energy only using Eskom power when the alternative energy sources are insufficient.” URL: http://www.kestrelwind.co.za Twitter: https://twitter.com/nanson Facebook: YouTube: Author: Kimberley Nanson from Sapphire Street. Originally distributed by MyPR.co.za. No of Images Uploaded: One To gain access to One image/s please Like, Tweet or +1 this article: [l2g] Images: [/l2g] . . .
An innovative South Africa energy management solution reaches the final of the Urban App Challenge and receives appraisal from Nokia and AppCampus in Aalto University in Finland. Finland, Helsinki - June 7th 2013 - Methys, an international technology company focused on big data and digital innovation, presented today at the AppCampus event at Aalto University in Finland, Kwami, an innovative community driven utilities management mobile application enabling users to share and learn together how to better manage their energy costs. The Kwami solution, initially developed on the Windows mobile framework, includes an inexpensive 3rd party hardware component enabling your electricity meter data to be securely sent to the cloud, and a mobile application to capture this data and allow users to monitor the energy consumption of their home, whenever and wherever they are, share it and benchmark it with friends, neighbours, colleagues. The concept developed by Methys’ South African team, was selected as part of the South African Urban App competition by AppCampus over 2,600 submissions for seed acceleration and funding with the support of Nokia and Microsoft. Sebastien Lacour, Kwami Project Manager at Methys Labs said "Leveraging on the experience Methys has built in recent year with big data, social analytics, and energy management, the Kwami project offers some useful features for the future smart homes and an interesting business model based on social data and demand response incentives. With this project, we truly aim at contributing to an educational experience for all, and a more dynamic demand management framework to support Utilities effort to optimise their delivery". Christophe Viarnaud, Chairman of the Methys group, added "Kwami, created by the Methys Labs in Cape Town’s Silicon Cape, is the 4th start up project we are generating in less than 3 years. It demonstrates our ability to leverage on our core expertise in big data, mobile application and . . .
“Overalls are optional” “The operative word this year is definitely ‘practical’ and there simply is no substitute for onsite experience”, says a very excited African Utility Week event director Russell Hughes. “I want to invite our expo visitors to come and get their hands dirty while earning some valuable CPD points – overalls are optional!” Some 5 000 power & water professionals from all over the continent will attend Africa’s leading power & water exhibition and conference at the Cape Town International Convention Centre from 14-15 May, where power utility Eskom CE Brian Dames will once again deliver the keynote address. By the industry, for the industry Says Hughes: “We have had extensive consultations with the utility industry, associations such as CESA, SAIEE, SAICE and SAIMechE, and the leading solution providers, and it is clear there is a real need for practical information and hands on training, based on real life projects, case studies, development and research.” He continues: “We offer a tailored selection of 60 free to attend technical workshops which offer 1 CPD accreditation point per day. They will offer practical take home solutions, demonstrations and practice installation opportunities for electricians, engineers and other power professionals in the metering, water, transmission and distribution, smart grids, hydro and renewable energy sectors. These workshops allow companies to up skill their teams in two focused days and help to increase productivity, energy efficiency and become more aware of what is available in the market in terms of technology and other solutions.” Exhibitor highlights include installations by ADC Energy, ZEST, Powertech, Schneider Electric, Gamesa, AEG, Solar World, Andritz, Cummins, Itron, Bentley Systems and Eskom’s Grid Access Unit. Up to 2 CPD credits can be earned by attending the technical workshops on the African Utility Week expo floor with topics including: • Generation/Transmission . . .
African Utility Week to gather 5000 power and water professionals in Cape Town in May “Symbion Power and many other companies from the United States are ready to invest in Africa,” says Symbion Power CEO Paul Hinks. “These firms are ethical,” Paul adds, “they have integrity and they need partners in both the public and private sectors. The US government wants to support both the US and the African private sector as this is the route to development on the continent. President Obama’s strategy for Sub Saharan Africa was set out in June 2012 and I am sure that everyone will soon see that he is committed to it.” Symbion Power, a platinum sponsor at the upcoming African Utility Week, taking place from 14-15 May in Cape Town, recently acquired the South African power network contractor EJP, which Paul Hinks says was a vote of confidence in Africa: “we wanted a foothold in South Africa and we wanted to strengthen the management of our organization on the Africa continent. EJ Power has good, experienced management who live in Africa. We can’t manage day to day business with a whole day of time difference and between 9,000 and 13,000 kms of distance, depending which of our current operations you measure it against.” Other interests in Africa The company already has a good track record in Tanzania says Paul Hinks: “Tanzania is the first country in Africa that we have worked in. Until then we were heavily focused on Iraq and Afghanistan so it has been a pleasure to return to Africa. We now own three power plants in Tanzania generating 217 Megawatts and we have recently signed an agreement with the utility there, TANESCO, to jointly develop a 400MW power plant and a 650km transmission line in the south at Mtwara. This plant will have the potential to provide natural gas fired power to neighboring countries such as Mozambique and Malawi and eventually it can feed the Southern African Power Pool.” Symbion is also about to enter the Nigerian market since Transcorp . . .
A truly pan-African event Channel Africa has entered into an exclusive broadcasting partnership with African Utility Week, which is taking place in Cape Town from 14-15 May. The channel’s flagship daily actuality talk show, African Dialogue, will be broadcast live from 11h00-12h00 from the expo floor on both days of the exhibition, which is expected to be attended by more than 5000 power and water professionals from all over the continent. “Channel Africa is the perfect broadcasting partner for us as we have very similar goals”, says Claire Volkwyn, programme director for African Utility Week and Clean Power Africa. “As the largest utility event of its kind, we have been bringing together African utilities and service providers for more than 13 years to assist in the growth of Africa’s power sector and the continent’s electrification.” Channel Africa is the SABC‘s international radio station and broadcasts across Africa on three platforms: shortwave, satellite, and internet. Its broadcasts are in Chinyanja, Silozi, Kiswahili, English, French and Portuguese. The shortwave broadcast covers the south, east, central and west Africa. The satellite broadcast covers the sub-Saharan region although it can be picked as far as London. The internet broadcast covers the entire world. Africa Month “Channel Africa’s presence at and coverage of African Utility Week dovetails neatly with ‘Africa Month’ celebrations during the month of May across the African continent”, says Mamolefe Segakweng, the station’s Head of Marketing and Communications. “Being part of this project enhances our vision of “To be the Voice of the African Renaissance”. We have the responsibility to inform, educate, entertain and empower our listeners. I believe that access to electricity for all Africans is a catalyst for economic development. We look forward to meeting experts in the power industry in South Africa and the rest of the continent and sharing with our listeners the progress that is . . .
In each market where wind energy is being developed, the state is a big player in the initial stages of industry development; and is often the sponsor of pilot projects according to Dr Emelly Mutambatsere, Principal Regional Economist, African Development Bank. As co-author of a comprehensive study for the AdB on the Development of Wind Energy in Africa, Dr Mutambatsere is a speaker on the topic at the upcoming Clean Power Africa that is taking place in Cape Town from 14-15 May. Clean Power Africa is Africa's leading event where major stakeholders from the renewable energy sector get together and explore clean generation as a feasible solution to fulfil Africa’s electricity needs. The event is co-located with the 13th annual African Utility Week which is attended by some 5 000 power & water professionals from all over the continent and Eskom CE Brian Dames will once again deliver the keynote address. 60 ongoing and planned wind projects Dr Mutambatsere says in the initial stages of the wind market development, donor financing is very visible and as the market matures, both sponsors and financiers enter the market, from public entities and grant financing, to public-private/private entities and non-concessional financing. “However,”, she says, “the market has not yet developed to the point where it can be fully funded by the private sector, therefore development finance institutions remain major players.” By the end of 2011 the developed potential on the continent saw a strong concentration of wind energy capacity in three North African countries, Egypt, Morocco and Tunisia. Says Dr Mutambatsere: “Egypt held half of the continent’s total installed capacity, followed by Morocco with 40% and Tunisia with 5%. Outside of North Africa, there is commercial capacity in Cape Verde, and limited capacity in South Africa, Kenya, Mauritius, Eritrea and Mozambique.” She continues: “the market’s outlook is also noteworthy. Our survey produced a comprehensive . . .