South Africa’s energy transition risks amplified by high exposure to slowing Indian coal market

South Africa’s thermal coal export industry is facing a “long-term, permanent decline” as new energy technologies replace coal-fired generation at a pace faster than was previously forecast and as financial institutions and diversified miners abandon the coal industry, a new report warns. Published by the Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis (IEEFA), the report…

Tax breaks for South Africans who install solar power systems

South Africa’s government, energy regulator and Eskom have often been criticised for obstructing the introduction of distributed, small-scale embedded generation (SSEG) which would help businesses to cut costs and ensure the stability of their power supply during load shedding. But in fact, there are significant and far-sighted tax breaks which have been put in place…

JULY SPECIAL OFFER

Calling all New Earth Energy Partners, Installers and Resellers! We are very excited to announce the imminent arrival of the new and improved SIRIUS Energy Modules in your region. The new SIRIUS Energy Module, now with aluminium internal casing, has 3 distinct improvements: 1. Improved performance through much lower intrinsic consumption and passive cell balancing.…

Why solar is an attractive solution for small firms

Increased demand and technological advances have contributed to the significant decrease in solar photovoltaic (PV) systems costs over the years. A solar PV system can save small to medium businesses up to a third of their electricity costs with a payback period averaging three to eight years from installation. They can also decrease the exposure to energy price increases, as well as increase the property value…

How renewables are helping keep the lights on

A deft social media disinformation/misinformation campaign – deliberate or otherwise – during last month’s load shedding chaos sought to blame renewable independent power producers (IPPs) for the dysfunction. Former executives have also persistently blamed the high cost of electricity generated by these providers as the reason for Eskom’s financial mess (because of pass-through tariffs, this is…