Prepaid electricity consumption is a sensible option for many people, under a number of different circumstances: for the home or business owner, for the tenant, for the owner of an Airbnb property, for example. But how do you know what to look for when you first set out to...
Nigerians and their businesses spend about N7-trillion ($16.9-billion) annually on power generation, says Stephen Ogboko, a renewable energy expert, executive director and COO of Off Grid Tech Solutions. Speaking during a virtual news conference in Lagos, Ogboko says that Nigeria's current energy climate "is inefficient, expensive, noisy, polluting and of...
Embattled South African power utility Eskom is suspending load-shedding on Friday from 12:00 to 17:00 in order for the country's parliament to pass an Appropriation Bill. In order for the power utility to make up reserves it will use to suspend the shedding on Friday, communities across the country will...
While investment in digital infrastructure is certainly a win for economic growth in South Africa and Africa as a whole, as is the investment in new data centres, this vital infrastructure needs substantial amounts of energy to function. In fact, it is estimated that data centres could consume a fifth...
South African President Cyril Ramaphosa has announced that the SA government will finally lift the threshold for embedded generating electricity capacity from 1 MW to 100 MW in South Africa. This move will allow private households and businesses to self-generate power on a larger scale. Ramaphosa says that the increase...
One of Africa’s largest and most ubiquitous e-Commerce platforms, Jumia has partnered with Accra-based eco-friendly mobility facilities company SolarTaxi to provide affordable and eco-friendly delivery of online orders to consumers. Jumia says that the new partnership further speaks of the company's commitment to going green. "With a shared vision of ensuring...
On 28 May 2021, Nigeria’s national power generation dropped to 3,059 MW and for the subsequent seven days remained below 4,000 MW, 6% below-average production. Low pressure on the Escravos-Lagos Pipeline System (ELPS) left several gas turbine power plants with an insufficient gas supply, leading to plant shutdowns and...
Toyota has announced that it will invest $13.6-billion into developing batteries for electric and hybrid cars in a huge push by the world's largest auto-manufacturer to make its production carbon-neutral. During a presentation, the Japanese motor titan announced its plans to spend 1.5-trillion yen into the development and supply of...
In a bold move last year, the South African government launched an emergency energy procurement plan with a view to relieve the current energy crisis and limit load-shedding. The shortfalls are currently partially alleviated, however at great expense, as there is extensive use of diesel-based open cycle gas turbines. Such fossil-fuel-based...
One of South Africa's big four telcos, Vodacom has announced the installation of new solar-powered sites in Polokwane, Vereeniging, and Bloemfontein as part of its energy and carbon management strategy and commitment to reducing its impact on the environment. Vodacom, in a statement today, says it has invested over R8-million...
Karpowership has been refused environmental approvals for three gas-to-power projects in South Africa. Approvals were blocked by the country's Department of Forestry, Fisheries and the Environment for reasons including that it did not comply with public participation rules. The Turkish company gained significant media attention after it was announced the winner...
The Zimbabwe Electricity Transmission and Distribution Company (ZETDC) has said on Sunday that it has begun rolling out daily 12-hour power cuts due to limited generation at its thermal plant and further constraints placed on the Southern African country's grid from ongoing repairs on the dam at the Kariba...
The South African Photovoltaic Industry Association (SAPVIA) reports that it has welcomed the investment decision by Italian-based firm Enertronica Santerno to expand its manufacturing activities in South Africa. SAPVIA is the industry body representing solar PV (photovoltaics) in South Africa. The Italian firm, which has been an active player in South...
Beyond the immediate benefits like having data about business operations available in real-time, businesses are increasingly exploring and adopting Internet of Things (IoT) solutions to drive their sustainability goals. The global outbreak of COVID-19 and the impact it had on economies around the globe, coupled with the USA’s renewed resolve...
Eskom has revealed that it will reduce load-shedding to two-hour events, instead of the four-hour blackouts, in parts of Gauteng and North West Province. https://twitter.com/Eskom_SA/status/1351169833698779140 In an official statement, the power utility says that "Gauteng and some parts of the North West Operating Unit (OU) will from Tuesday 19 January 2020,...
Mining has played a crucial role in South Africa’s economy for the best part of two centuries. And while it may not play as big a role as it once did, it still contributed R400-billion to GDP in 2020 and employed more than 450 000 people. But if the sector...
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