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South African research team develops concentrated solar power system

South African research team develops concentrated solar power system

The Solar Thermal Research Group at Stellenbosch University has completed a prototype system to help make generating solar energy more efficient and cheaper. The Helio100 system uses mirrors to focus the sun's energy on to one central point, turning heat into electricity.
SA initiative to grow renewables industry

Irish group lands South Africa wind farm

Two wind farms, with a generating capacity of 250 megawatts and representing an investment of R5.9-billion, will be built by the Irish company, Mainstream Renewable Power. The wind farms are in the Nama Khoi municipality in Northern Cape and in the Cape Winelands district.

Women combat lack of electricity with solar power

Solar Sister empowers women in Africa to be entrepreneurs. They earn an income through selling solar power products, bringing light to homes across the continent and ending the terrible fires caused by candles and paraffin lamps that can devastate whole communities.

South Africa opens its biggest solar plant

South Africa opens its biggest solar plant

A new solar power plant in South Africa's Northern Province can produce 180 000 megawatt-hours of energy a year for South African residents, enough to power up 80 000 homes. The Jasper plant was completed two months ahead of schedule and will help the country meet its critical electricity needs.
South African science scholars shine in the Sasol Solar Challenge

South African science scholars shine in the Sasol Solar Challenge

The Sasol Solar Challenge brings global teams together to compete in a gruelling endurance race across 2000km in purpose-built solar-powered vehicles. The challenge aims to raise the profile of science among South African students and spur development in renewable energy.
Solar wi-fi lamps to connect rural areas

Solar wi-fi lamps to connect rural areas

South African-based technology company Net1 Mobile Solutions is preparing to roll out the Sun-e-light, a solar-powered lamp which also functions as a mobile phone charger and wi-fi hotspot, as part of a project aimed at opening up the digital world to people in rural areas.
Africa's first solar data centre cooling system unveiled

Africa’s first solar data centre cooling system unveiled

Mobile telecommunications company MTN has unveiled Africa's first concentrating solar cooling system - complete with 242 sun-tracking solar mirrors - for the energy-hungry data centres at its Johannesburg head office.
AfDB approves loan for South African solar project

AfDB approves loan for South African solar project

The African Development Bank has approved a $142-million loan to help fund the construction of a $908-million, 100 MW concentrating solar power plant in the Northern Cape - the bank's first loan for a renewable energy project in South Africa.
Two more solar plants come on stream in South Africa

Two more solar plants come on stream in South Africa

US company SolarReserve announced last week that two 75-megawatt solar photovoltaic projects, one in the Northern Cape and one in Free State province, had completed construction and were fully operational and providing renewable energy to South Africa's electricity grid.

One million solar lamps light up Africa

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.

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