Energy project roll-outs are evolving from large-scale power generation to smaller renewable plants to increase access to electricity in Africa.
Anheuser-Busch InBev (AB InBev), the largest beer group in the world, has committed itself to secure 100% of its purchased electricity from renewable sources within eight years. On Tuesday the group, which controls about one-third of the global beer market, said the commitment will shift 6 terawatt-hours of electricity annually to renewable sources in the markets where AB InBev is operating.
Eskom has terminated its contract with a major coal supplier at its Tutuka power station for consistently delivering poor-quality coal.
The first of Khobab Wind Farm's 61 wind turbine generators has been lifted, ahead of schedule, on 22 March 2017. It is anticipated that the first power will be exported in the next three to four months and that the wind farm is to start supplying electricity from all 61 turbines to the national grid by end-2017, as part of the third round of the renewable energy independent power producer procurement programme.
The emerging trend in the African energy sector is a shift away from utility-scale developments to community-sized generation projects.
The energy policy in Africa, along with the energy sector leaders, have only just begun to scratch the surface of creating an energy efficient country. South Africa has already suffered from numerous electricity crises, and as the country grows economically, any further lag is going to cost a lot in terms of wasted energy and money.
Given its very nature, the mining industry's aspiration of achieving zero harm is a pretty lofty goal, and the question is whether it will ever be sustainable over a prolonged period of time. On the plus side, there has been a slow and steady decrease in the number of deaths and serious injuries on South African mines over the past few years.
A solar power system was considered the logical way in which to provide electricity to power the irrigation pumps on a new macadamia farm on the outskirts of Hazyview, Mpumalanga. An innovative solution has been devised to utilise the various advantages of solar energy and to reduce the risk of cable and solar panel theft.
Eskom and its Namibian counterpart, NamPower, have signed a five-year firm electricity sales agreement, in which the South African power utlity will supply some of its surplus generation capacity to its northern neighbour.
Eskom is attempting to flog excess power to Zimbabwe, despite the fact that its northern neighbour owes more than $40m in unpaid electricty bills.