More than 10 000 households at Ha-Matsila and neighbouring villages, outside Louis Trichardt, in Limpopo, are set to benefit from a solar project which will power their boreholes. Power to operate the boreholes was previously supplied by Eskom.
WiSolar, a South African startup that sells solar power on a prepaid basis, plans to raise 45 million rand ($2.9 million) this quarter in its first funding round as it gears up for growth.
EDFI ElectriFI, REPP, and 1PWR have reached financial close on Africa’s second largest project-financed mini-grid transaction. The equity-and-debt investment into the project vehicle will fund the construction of a portfolio of 11 mini-grids in Lesotho with a total capacity of 1.8MW.
WiSolar is offering property developers the option of a prepaid, decentralized solar electricity system for buildings under construction.
South Africa has large coal reserves that make the ongoing reliance on coal a tempting proposition. Nevertheless, renewable energy in South Africa is on the rise with long-term plans in place.
The Saldanha Bay Municipality has announced a tender for the design, installation and commissioning of a 3-phase, 10KW rooftop solar PV system at the electro-technical building in Vredenburg.
There are two practical considerations: we self-generate through installations of various combinations to set up grid-dependent or hybrid solar solutions or we develop total off-grid installations which are ideal in more remote regions.
Two UK universities are testing solar-powered, wireless broadband internet access for South African schoolkids living in informal settlements.
The City of Cape Town has become the first municipality to install a floating solar photovoltaic (PV) system with partners Floating Solar (Pty) Ltd, the Water Research Commission and the University of Cape Town.
Electrolux South Africa has embarked on a journey to exit the national electricity grid and move to renewable solar energy, cutting the organisation’s carbon footprint at its local Kwikot water heater (geyser) manufacturing plant by 40%.