Tag: renewable energy
The first International Renewable Energy Conference was held on African soil in Cape Town from 4 to 7 October. It was agreed that Africa could make use of its abundant natural resources to create sustainable energy. South Africa's progress in the field was also highlighted. Delegates declared they would upscale and mainstream renewables to achieve a global energy transition.
On Wednesday, 22 April, Brand South Africa will host a live Twitter chat on renewable energy with the technical director of energy at Aurecon, Dr Clinton Carter-Brown.
It looks like something from a sci-fi film, with its massive tower and thousands of wall-like solar mirrors set in an arid and deserted landscape. But Khi Solar One, Africa's first concentrated solar power project, is a very real example of the future of renewable energy.
As the people flock to cities, infrastructure to accommodate the mushrooming urban populations is strained and environmental pressure grows apace. Cape Town has taken heed and is planning for a greener, more sustainable future. One measure is its increasing use of renewable energy sources.
Kerosene is expensive and toxic. Until recently, it was one of the few options available to millions of Africans who are off the grid. But now solar lights are bringing clean, safe, affordable lighting to these homes for the first time.
South Africa's biggest cities are putting in place plans to combat climate change, from mass transit systems to using methane from landfills for energy. They understand the need to work towards a low carbon future, and for this are in the running to be named Global Earth Hour Capital.
· SA’s sustainable transport bid