South Africa: African Development Bank approves $57.67 million loan to Eskom to boost electricity generation from renewable sources

The Board of Directors of the African Development Bank has approved a $57.67 million loan to Eskom Holdings SOC Ltd, South Africa’s public electricity utility—and Africa’s largest— to harness battery storage technology that will increase electricity generation from reliable and efficient renewable energy sources.  The Bank’s financing, a concessional loan, will come from the Clean Technology Fund, a multi-donor trust fund under the Climate Investment Funds. The pioneering Battery Energy Storage Systems Project is being co-financed with the World Bank […]

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Mainstream Renewable Power projects to deliver 1.27 GW of new wind and solar for South Africa

  Mainstream Renewable Power-led consortium has been awarded 50% of the total allocation in the latest round of South Africa’s Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer Procurement Programme (REIPPPP) The win makes Mainstream Renewable Power the leading renewable energy company in South Africa, with over 2.1 GW awarded under the REIPPPP to date The twelve projects, across onshore wind and solar, will generate enough clean energy to power a third of the annual electricity demand of the City of Cape Town […]

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Ford Wildlife Foundation supports African Wild Dog conservation

• The Kruger National Park has the largest contiguous population of Wild Dogs in South Africa • The African Wild Dog’s population is currently threatened by a combination of factors • FMCSA contributes to conservation actions by allocating Ford Ranger vehicles towards environmental and wildlife protection efforts South Africa’s Kruger National Park is home to a number of endangered species, case in point – the African Wild dogs. Kruger has the largest contiguous population of Wild Dogs in South Africa. […]

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Senegal Commits to African Energy Week 2021

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Confirmed attendance by the Ministry of Petroleum and Energy, Petrosen and COS-Petrogaz reaffirm regional cooperation and partnerships A strong delegation of industry leaders from Senegal have committed to the African Energy Chamber’s (AEC) (www.EnergyChamber.org) first-ever African Energy Week (AEW) 2021, to be held in Cape Town on the 9th-12th November 2021. With official attendance confirmations made by H.E. Aissatou Sophie Gladima, Minister of Petroleum and Energy, Senegal’s national oil company, Petrosen, and the strategic organizational committee COS-Petrogaz, AEW 2021 is […]

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Marc Pritzen: 2021 South Africa Road Race champion

We spoke with Marc to reflect on the special day, and to look into what his ambitions are for the future Team Qhubeka (www.TeamQhubeka.com) rider Marc Pritzen stormed to victory at the South African Road Race championships in Swellendam, claiming both the elite title and the under 23 title. On a fantastic day in the Western Cape, Team Qhubeka ASSOS’ Nic Dlamini claimed the bronze medal. 21-year-old Pritzen currently rides for our UCI Continental team based in Lucca, Italy, and […]

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How ESA helps South Africa share water fairly

How ESA helps South Africa share water fairly ESA / Clustered at the edge of the Crocodile River in Mpumalanga Province, South Africa, stand thousands of farms and small holdings growing fresh fruit and sugar cane. Water to irrigate the crops is taken from the river, but this slows its flow rate and leaves less for those downstream. On World Water Day, how can the government achieve the sustainable use of water for the benefit of all South Africans? ESA […]

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GE – Pathways to faster decarbonization with gas and renewables

Today, we’re seeing countries across Sub-Saharan Africa commit to increasing the share of renewable energy in their mix and to decarbonize their economies The power sector accounts for up to 41 percent of global carbon dioxide emissions today, with Africa contributing about 2-3%. In parallel, there are still over 580 million people on the continent who do not have access to reliable energy and the demand for electricity is expected to continue to grow as populations increase, industrialization ambitions grow […]

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