South Africa has inked agreements with the preferred bidders for nine solar projects under the Window 2 of the government's renewable programme. The projects given the go ahead under the Renewable Energy Independent Power Producers Programme (REIPPP) are Solar Capital De Aar 3 (75MW), Sishen Solar Facility (74MW), Aurora (9MW), Vredendal (8.8MW), Linde (36.8MW), Dreunberg (69.6MW), Jasper Power Company (75MW), Boshoff Solar Park (60MW) and Upington Solar PV (8.9 MW).
Solar Capital has signed its second Independent Power Purchase Agreement with the Department of Energy, and will invest R2,5-billion into the second Solar Capital project, to be built at De Aar in the Northern Cape.
The project will employ over 700 people during construction and 200 thereafter.
Funding was provided jointly by Standard Bank and Industrial Development Corporation. The project has 40% Black Economic Empowerment (BBEEE) shareholding which includes a local Community Trust holding of a 12,5% share.
Southern African countries have adopted regional priorities and plans for RIO+20 conference coming this month, after the one day multi-stakeholder discussion, which was held in Gaborone last Thursday.
The dialogue on climate change gave the Sothern African Development Community (SADC) member states an opportunity to reach a common ground and develop a regional policy on issues of environment and development.
This week has seen a row over whether the UK should continue to fund aid to South Africa. By pure coincidence, I am in Johannesburg at the moment. Aid isn't just about money. It's also about supporting developing countries as they make their own unique transitions. In South Africa, inequality, corruption, free speech and what we can loosely call 'civic space' are challenges on a part with HIV/AIDS, maternal health and child poverty.
Tom Robinson talks to the Chair of the Campaign Against Climate Change on how the creation of one million climate jobs could help save the economy and the environment
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Since the Fukushima disaster a year ago, Japan has taken some important strides in its drive for alternatives to nuclear energy. Andrew DeWit provides an account of these changes.
THE looming shutdown of every single one of Japan's nuclear plants -previously the providers of nearly one-third of the nation's electricity -has accelerated the country's initiatives on conservation, renewable energy sources, and decentralisation of electricity supply. It has also injected considerable momentum into Japan's 'green cities' initiative.