South Africa

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Africa looks to sustainable hydropower developments to boost electricity access
Africa’s existing hydropower plants deliver 36 GW of installed generation capacity, but this represents only about 11 per cent of the region’s technical potential
Africa seeks to become key global player in renewable energy
With nearly half of its 1.2 billion people having access to electricity, the African continent is taking steps to become a global leader in renewable energy
South Africa’s Eskom to launch 1.4GW battery storage tender
The battery tender is considered “a flagship project” for Eskom, which supplies around 90% of South Africa’s electricity via more than 45GW of generation
A quarter of the world’s population faces extremely high water stress
Seventeen countries are drawing more than 80 per cent of their available water supply each year according to new data from the World Resources Institute (WRI), and while research shows that water stress is avoidable, implementation remains key for the future
IRENA and RES4Africa Partner to Accelerate Renewables in Africa
New agreement pursues sustainable development and climate goals in Africa by increasing renewable energy deployment
AfDB vouches for distributed energy in bid to bring solar to millions in Africa
The African Development Bank Group is backing the creation of distributed energy service companies that will bring power to 900,000 households – about 4.5 million people – by 2025
Pace of African power generation expansion slows in Q1 2019
Last year saw the biggest generation expansion in at least two decades, with net on-grid capacity of 18,780MW added to the grid, but investment in transmission and distribution has struggled to keep up.
ACWA Power signs $658mn deal to supply power to 210,000 homes in South Africa
Under the terms of the agreement, the Central Energy Fund of South Africa and ACWA Power will cooperate on the joint power project to be set up in South Africa
South Africa seen as attractive PV solar market
A new study assessing the future role of solar photovoltaics (PV) in the global electricity system suggests that the technology’s installed base could grow to between identifies South Africa as among the most attractive markets for deployment
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