Monday, January 30, 2012

SA’s new green building regulations could add to the cost of building

New building regulations to "...add considerably to the cost of building a home"
Paul Henry, MD of Rawson Developers, said the national building regulations will add considerably to the cost of building a home, and "any architects or designers submitting plans for approval have to prove that they are certified as competent. This, in turn, implies that they have received specialist training in energy efficient design."
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The latest national building regulations (SANS 10400 and, more particularly, SANS 204 and XA) which have been promulgated to make South African housing more energy efficient and operationally ‘green’ are commendable and on the right track – but, says Paul Henry, managing director of Rawson Developers, they will add considerably to the cost of building a home.

“Not only do the new rulings call for the use of additional materials and/or more expensive materials, they will also add to the cost of the design. Architects and engineers will probably have to charge more to cover the extra work now required of them.

“What is more,” he says, “the South African Bureau of Standards has announced that further regulations have already been drafted and will be introduced in the not too distant future.”

These, he predicts, will add still more to the initial cost of housing.

From now on developers and house designers will have to ensure that 50 percent of their homes’ water heating is done by non-electrical means, such as solar heating or wind power. Wherever practicable, all living areas must face north, whereas kitchens and bathrooms must face south. The roof and the ground floor must be insulated with highly efficient prescribed materials, and all fenestration (windows and glazed doors or walls) must be kept within certain ratios relative to the floor area. The rulings here may result in architects having to use different frames, reflective or tinted glass or double-glazing, and they are likely to result in the incorporation of shading devices such as overhangs, canopies or shutters.

From now on, says Henry, any architects or designers submitting plans for approval have to prove that they are certified as competent. This, in turn, implies that they have received specialist training in energy efficient design.

“By far the largest new outlays will be in fenestration protection. This could add significantly to the bill, but at least the rules have been adapted to suit different geographic areas of the country. The rulings for the more temperate regions are not as stringent as those for the hot districts,” says Henry.

At the opening earlier this year of South Africa’s first five star Green Star building, Aurecon’s brand new Western Cape head office in Century City, Bruce Kerswill, executive chairman of the Green Building Council of South Africa (GBCSA) said that the construction costs for commercial green buildings were not nearly as high as often expected. On the other hand, operating costs are generally far below those of non-green buildings, so building costs can be recouped much faster.

When approached for commentary on Henry’s views, Brian Wilkinson, the recently appointed chief executive of the GBCSA, said he was reluctant to comment as the council has only certified one multi-unit residential building and does not yet have any data on the cost of building green vs running costs.

He said: “We are in the process of investigating this argument but until we have substantiating evidence, we’re reluctant to get embroiled in this ongoing debate.

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Saturday, January 28, 2012

Withdrawal of South African waste tyre recycling plan

The Institute of Waste Management of Southern Africa (IWMSA) has welcomed the withdrawal of approval for the Recycling and Economic Development Initiative of South Africa’s (Redisa’s) waste tyre recycling plan.

In a statement issued on Friday, IWMSA president Stan Jewaskiewitz expressed concern over the process followed to approve the Redisa plan, “especially in light of the fact that the South African Tyre Recycling Process Company (SATRP) had also developed and submitted such a plan”.

Water and Environmental Affairs Minister Edna Molewa rejected SATRP’s tyre recycling plan, which it submitted under the Waste Tyre Regulations (WTRs).

Acting Water Affairs and Environmental Affairs Minister Collins Chabane this week withdrew the approval of the Integrated Industry Waste Tyre Management Plan (IIWTMP) of Redisa, to allow time for more consultation.

The plan was approved by notice in the Government Gazette published on November 28.

IWMSA encouraged its members to engage with the Department of Environmental Affairs (DEA) on the IIWTMP, adding that the organisation was willing to assist the DEA in hosting workshops on the issue.

Last week, Democratic Alliance water and environment spokesperson Gareth Morganalso voiced concerns about the Redisa plan, saying Molewa might have defied sections of the WTRs by failing to publish the plan in the Government Gazette for a period of 30 days or bring it to the attention of relevant organs of State and interested persons.

The Redisa plan would impose a levy of R2.30/kg on new tyres manufactured in or imported into South Africa from February 1 to pay for the collection and recycling of waste tyres from illegal dumps and caches around the country and gather them at central depots from where disposal would be managed.

Morgan argued that the Minister failed to conduct a regulatory impact assessment to determine what the tyre levy would cost the industry and what the related impacts on the industry would be.

He said the waste tyre recycling plan would cost significantly more than any job creation benefit, owing to the intended establishment of a complex bureaucracy of up to 150 costly collection sites around South Africa, which would not be sustainable.

Morgan also expressed doubt about whether the employment of informal waste tyre collectors would amount to ‘decent employment’, asking what would happen to the workers once the stockpiles had been cleared.


Thursday, January 26, 2012

Solar water heater implementation

A solar water heater uses energy from the sun to heat water. A solar water heater works on two
basic principles. Firstly when water gets hot it rises due to density differences between hot and
cold water (thermosiphon effect) and secondly that black objects absorb heat.
A solar water heater comprises three main parts: the collector, the storage tank and an energy
transfer fluid.
Solar water heaters are classified as either active or passive and direct or indirect systems. They
may make use of either flat plate collectors or evacuated tubes. Below the differences are briefly
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Power to the People!

Access to sustainable, renewable energy in Africa

An AREA video contributing to the UN International Year of Sustainable Energy for All.

GVK’s eco-friendly Kogelberg project wins construction awards

: "CapeNature executive director of business development, Sheraaz Ismail, says that this was a pilot project to introduce green building principles and methodologies – a task for which GVK-Siya Zama is well suited."

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Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Rioglass Solar Mirrors

The glass mirrors of Rioglass Solar are the best choice to increase solar energy production, allowing the operator of the concentrating solar thermal power plant to take advantage of the solar irradiation.

Rioglass Solar, the first manufacturer to offer full tempered safety glass mirrors for concentrated solar power applications, will introduce its high quality mirrors to the attendants to the CSP-Today Conference in Johannesburg next February.

The glass mirrors developed and produced by Rioglass Solar, are the best choice to increase energy production of the solar field and overall profitability, allowing the operator of the concentrating solar thermal power plant to take advantage of the outstanding solar irradiation available in South Africa.

Careful process and quality controls allow Rioglass Solar to achieve Interception factor above 99.95% on a 70mm collector tube (discarding only 5mm peripheral bandwidth around the mirror) and optical Focal Deviations FDx lower than 7.5mm, which enable the customers to reduce the solar field substantially, achieving the same output, and thus to reduce the Capex.

The risk of the investment in South Africa will also be minimized if Rioglass Solar’s mirrors are installed, by avoiding breakages due to hail storms or heavy wind conditions. Rioglass Solar’s mirrors are certified to stand the maximum tolerable wind speed required, for instance, for the Upington area, during the expected service time of the power plant (38m/s of maximum wind speed (3 second gust) for a mean return period of 25 years), allowing for huge savings compared to non-tempered mirrors.

Rioglass Solar’s mirrors have also been designed to promote safety and reduce the likehood of cutting and piercing injuries when they are broken by human contact, improving the working conditions of local workers during transport, installation and operation.

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Blooming great interest in African climate awards

"The not-for-profit Climate Change Leadership Awards (CCLA) has this year experienced significant interest from community groups and individuals taking a positive and pragmatic interest in the environment and the world around them."

Blooming great interest in African climate awards:

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Energy Indaba 2010

"10 Reasons to get involved with the Africa Energy Indaba"
Energy Indaba 2010 - October 09 Newsletter:

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Help required with Renewable Energy,KZN,South Africa

We are a NGO based in rural Umtwalume on the South Coast, KwaZulu Natal.

We are in the process of building a community centre for orphans and vulnerable children in the area. We have decided to use alternative energy to power the building. The power will be used to run 18 computers, 2 laptops, a fridge, a TV and a radio.

At the moment we a have 1 wind turbine that is 1 kW of power, we are now looking at whether we want to get another wind turbine which is 2 kw of power or whether to get a solar panel instead.
We have funding for the the second alternative energy supply, however we just need a recommendation as to whether solar energy is the way to go and who would be the best person/company to supply it.

Looking forward to hearing back from you

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Namibian power supply from South Africa is a huge concern

New Era: "WINDHOEK - With 60 percent of Namibia’s population living in electricity off-grid areas, this raises eyebrows as to whether the country has the capacity to supply power for its own needs considering the previous electricity shortages.

Namibia currently imports 35 percent – 60 percent of its electrical needs, and the Ministry of Mines and Energy has warned that the country’s relatively high dependence on power supply from South Africa is a huge concern."

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Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Solar PV Business Development & Sales Manager. Cape town, South Africa

Our client requires the services of a Business Development & Sales Manager to manage successful execution of the sales processes in order to meet the sales targets and budgets for designated area, to maintain and grow the customer base and to ensure long term business perspective and profitability, in compliance with the sales strategy of the division.
Key performance areas:

Ø  Develop and identifying new markets clients and partnerships in order to grow the business
Ø  To develop and implement local sales targets and operational strategy, plan forecasts, monitor and drive sales performance of the sales team of Account Managers
Ø  Drive and execute annual sales budget that support the sales strategy in order to achieve the sales targets
Ø  Ensure maintaining the existing and growth of potential customer base
Ø  Coordinate and lead quote preparation on major projects
Ø  Ensure sustainable customer satisfaction acting in compliance with in- and external policies and legislation
Ø  Analyze competitor behavior in order to adjust own sales strategy when necessary and to maintain existing and/or growing market share
Ø  Ensure regular reporting of sales forecasts and results to the Sales Director/Managing Director
Ø  Ensure that relevant colleagues (Product Management, Engineering, Service and Marketing) have up to date information about present or future market trends and customer activities which are identified by the (local) sales team
Ø  Lead, motivate, create commitment and excellence performance within the sales team, develop and implement individual targets and performance assessment

 The successful candidate must have:

Ø  Matric with a Bachelor degree in Electrical Engineering, Computer Science, preferably completed with a Master in Marketing, Commerce or Business Management
Ø  Fluent in English
Ø  Computer literate
Ø  At least 5 years of relevant experience with proven success within a commercial role
Ø  Good understanding of Commercial / Contract Law
Ø  Good basic knowledge of Electrical Engineering processes
Ø  Good knowledge of Industrial markets
Personal characteristics:

Ø  Excellent interpersonal, communication and presentation skills
Ø  Real team player, ability to create enthusiasm, team spirit and to motivation among colleagues and subordinates
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2012 'make-or-break' year for Joule as it seeks govt commitment

2012 'make-or-break' year for Joule as it seeks govt commitment: "He adds that industrialising the Joule will cost around R3.5-billion, with the establishment of a plant to build the car for local and export markets requiring another R3.5-billion.

“We need to look at the Joule as another Sasol type project, where government supports it for 10, 20 or 30 years because it is of national interest to do so. If we build 50 000 cars a year, exporting 40 000, all with 70% local content, it will create many local job opportunities and industries.”

The last R2-billion funding required in the R9-billion budget envisaged to bring the Joule to market, will focus on retail and after-sales service, which “could easily be borrowed”, notes Meiring.

“We have a number of investors interested in the Joule,” he adds, “but they typically want government to put in 33% to 50% of the money first. We need about R3-billion to R4-billion from government, and we need an irrevocable commitment from government on providing the money. We either need a guarantee, black on white, or we need the money itself. It’s no longer enough to say that it is a good project.”"
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SA businesses miss out in green energy procurement

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Mike Louw says Cosatu is worried foreign
jobs are being subsidised. Photo: Jeffrey Abrahams.

Londiwe Buthelezi

Union federation Cosatu has threatened to launch protest action to put pressure on the government to increase local content requirements in the Department of Energy’s Integrated Resource Plan (IRP2).

The labour federation and the Cape Chamber of Commerce and Industry said local businesses involved in the renewable energy sector were in danger of going belly-up because the IRP2 allowed power producers bidding for renewable energy projects to mostly use imported components.

The confederation said three businesses had shut down in the Western Cape and three more faced closure by April this year.

“We are concerned that we have subsidised jobs from other countries because jobs are being imported,” said Mike Louw, the provincial co-ordinator of Cosatu in Western Cape.

He said that the dire conditions were a result of the slow processing of the industry’s suggestions by the departments concerned.

Cosatu wants the current 35 percent local content requirement for projects bidding under the IRP2 to be increased to 50 percent or 65 percent.

“The slow processing of these changes to the IRP2 has an impact on the commitments made at the COP17 (climate change talks). So we want to put pressure on stakeholders. Protests will be called and we are pushing for meetings with all the departments involved,” Louw said.

The executive director of the Cape chamber, Viola Manuel, said the local renewables industry had the capacity to produce at least 70 percent of what was required and only awaited regulation to allow it.

“We also want the definition of local content to be clarified, because currently it includes drilling holes and civil works,” she said.

Louw said if local content requirements were increased, more companies would invest in local manufacturing.

“There is an opportunity to be seized here, but we are concerned at the slow pace that threatens jobs.”

Ajay Lalla, the managing director of Solairedirect Technologies, said the company was in distress and 100 jobs were on the line.

Solairedirect had invested close to R70 million in its facility with financial help from the Industrial Development Corporation (IDC) and a Department of Trade and Industry (dti) grant to prepare for the IRP2. It bid for two 10 megawatt projects in the first window of the renewable energy independent power producer programme last year but was unsuccessful.

Had the projects been approved, Lalla said, the number of people the company employed would have doubled.

“There were only two South African companies (chosen) and only 30MW from South Africa. If local content is increased, suppliers would get better costing and there would be more competence,” he said.

The government’s New Growth Path (NGP) identifies the green economy as one of the six key drivers of growth.

The NGP targets 300 000 additional direct jobs by 2020 to green the economy, with 80 000 of those in manufacturing and the rest in construction, operations and the maintenance of new environmentally friendly infrastructure.

In December last year, the IDC together with the Development Bank of Southern Africa and Trade and Industrial Policy Strategists, launched the Green Jobs Report, which showed the green economy could create more than 460 000 new direct jobs by 2025.

Rentia van Tonder, the head of the IDC’s green industries strategic business unit, said the organisation had set aside R25 billion over the next five years to fund green projects. She said the figure could be increased if more projects qualified for funding.


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Saturday, January 21, 2012

Free RE breakfast seminars, Jhb and Cape Town

Renewable energy technical advisers 3E will host two free breakfast seminars next week to mark the opening of its Cape Town office.

The seminars, which will focus on technical risk management for solar and wind project investments, will take place on January 25 at the Sandton Convention Centre in Johannesburg, and on the January 26 at the Lagoon Beach Hotel, in Cape Town.

The Johannesburg event runs from 07:30 to 09:00 and the Cape Town seminar starts at 08:00 and ends at 09:30.


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We have recently opened an office in Cape Town and employed two South African energy experts to run our activities in South Africa, and other African countries. They will be working with Emergent Energy, an established South African company specialising in renewable energy, as business development partner.

The aim is to exploit the synergies between the two complementary companies to provide customers with a complete technical advisory service. With the international experience of 3E and local expertise of Emergent Energy, we offer professional support for the growth of your wind and solar power business in South Africa.

We are technical advisors and consultants in renewables and energy performance optimization, focusing on the cost-effective implementation of a fully renewable powered energy system.

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Friday, January 20, 2012

South African Renewables priorities

It is difficult to overstate the significance, both practical and symbolic, of last month’s unveiling of the preferred bidders in South Africa’s first 1.4GW renewables tender — for the ­industry, the country and the continent.

The list of 28 winning projects represents the first step on energy-­starved South Africa’s marathon journey to nearly 18GW of new renewables by 2030.

Yet while the industry and the government are keen to display a façade of unity, it is clear they are viewing the target from very different perspectives. Those positions have contradictory impulses, and the tension between them is certain to get worse.

For the industry, South Africa has long been a tantalising prospect, due to its enormous wind and solar resources, its First World banking and investment sectors, and its huge energy gap.

But for a variety of reasons —from the lack of a local support scheme to more interesting markets elsewhere — most wind and solar companies have not taken South Africa seriously until fairly recently.

“If we were talking three years ago, there wouldn’t have been much attention in this part of the world,” says Peter Brun, head of government relations for Vestas.

“The wind industry was fully occupied with mature markets,” he tells Recharge. “There was simply no appetite for higher-risk markets.”

The financial crisis turned that attitude on its head. With the demand for energy stagnating or even declining in much of the Western world, project developers and suppliers are desperate to unearth new markets.

South Africa is an unusually appetising opportunity. Not only is it an interesting market in its own right, but it represents a beachhead for the continent — a modernised country where renewables companies can set up shop, make a name for themselves, then advance on the rest of sub-Saharan Africa.

“We’re not here just for South Africa,” Brun says. “We’re here for the region.

“We’re having discussions in Namibia, Angola, Ghana, Tanzania and Kenya. Maybe they won’t move at a huge scale, and maybe not tomorrow, but project by project you start to collect an interesting pipeline.”

In contrast to the industry’s gigawatts-minded attitude towards South Africa, the government is focused on one thing only: jobs. It is desperate for new generation capa­city, and genuine in its desire to ­lower its carbon emissions, but ­everything takes a back seat to economic growth and poverty ­alleviation.

“This is a tension that will crop up again and again in developing countries,” says ­Lettemieke Mulder, director of non-­governmental organisation and community relations for First Solar. “Is the aim to achieve maximum gigawatts on the ground, or to create as many jobs as possible? You can pursue both at the same time, but inevitably one takes precedence over the other.”

Like many governments, such as India with its National Solar Mission, South Africa has chosen to achieve its jobs-creation goal through the use of local-content rules at renewables projects.

However, South Africa has the added complication of its controversial Black Economic Empowerment (BEE) programme, launched after the fall of apartheid to redress the gaping economic inequalities between different ethnic groups.

BEE mandates that all large businesses must meet certain requirements for minority ownership and employment — a particularly onerous challenge for foreign developers and equipment suppliers.

The local-content threshold for the first renewables tender was about 25%, with PV given a slightly higher target since it is relatively easy to make inverters and racking systems locally.

While the government has made clear that the thresholds will be raised in the future, it has been vague about the specifics.

Most renewables companies say the existing targets are realistic, but they caution that lifting them too quickly would be counterproductive — and may, perversely, drive investment away.

“I’m all for increasing local content when possible,” says Duncan Ayling, head of development for RES Southern Africa. “But if it gets to the point where companies can’t find the parts and services they need, or find they are forced into using less-proven technology and thereby compromising on health and safety, then you’re just tying the industry’s hands behind its back at a make-or-break moment.”

Denmark’s LM Wind Power is understood to be planning a blade factory in South Africa.

Five foreign turbine makers — Nordex, Vestas, Siemens, Suzlon and Sinovel — have their names attached to winning first-round wind projects. But with an estimated annual wind market of about 400MW until 2030, sources say South Africa probably does not have the scale to lure a turbine factory of its own, regardless of what turbine makers may be telling the ­government.

As for PV, the global market is already grossly oversupplied, and it is unlikely that a new South African factory would be able to compete on price alone.

“Some of the best module factories in the world are shutting down in the US and China because of Chinese competition,” notes Christopher Clarke, a director at South African investment fund Inspired Evolution. “As much as the government’s intentions are good, the reality is these things are commodities now, and if you’re not in at the right price you’re going to be dead in the water before you even get off the starting block.”

There is too much emphasis on local-content rules when, in reality, jobs will come if the local market takes off, Clarke adds.

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SA and US meet to enhance energy initiatives | SA and US meet to enhance energy initiatives: "“The Dialogue is of strategic importance,” said Poneman. “We are seeking concrete results to transform our energy future to generate prosperity and enhance the security of all of our citizens. We also seek to continue our cooperation in peaceful nuclear uses while we work to minimise the threat of nuclear weapons.”

Poneman confirmed earlier in the week that two American renewable energy firms were among the first 28 project developers named as preferred bidders by the South African Department of Energy in December. The companies were identified as SolarReserve and SunEdison."

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KRINNER Ground Screws South Africa: Shedding light on solar power solutions for South Africa

KRINNER Ground Screws South Africa: Shedding light on solar power solutions for South Africa:

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RFP for SWH, heat pumps,energy efficient appliances, etc.South Africa

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Thursday, January 19, 2012

Cosatu to protest against solar local content

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The Congress of SA Trade Unions (Cosatu) plans to protest against government's "failure" to implement a COP 17 jobs commitment it made at the climate change conference in Durban last year.

"The government's commitments in the COP 17 negotiations are being undermined by the regulations that government's department of energy has put in place," the federation said in a statement.

This related to a flood of components in the solar industry being imported which had already seen solar companies close down and people losing their jobs, Cosatu said.

"This industry was to be one of the flagships in respect of creating additional employment opportunities; now it's losing jobs as a direct result of the lack of action from the part of government."

Cosatu said it would announce the protest action at a press conference in Cape Town on Thursday.

The federation said it would protest at Parliament to highlight the threat to jobs and would request a meeting with the ministers of energy, trade and industry, and economic development.


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Twin 50 MW Solar Thermal Plants Go Online in Spain

Twin 50 MW Solar Thermal Plants Go Online in Spain; Each Can Run 7.5 Hours After Nightfall : TreeHugger: "Two identical 50 megawatt solar thermal plants are now up and running in Spain, each sending enough clean power to the grid to power over 40,000 homes. Torresol Energy, the joint venture between Abu Dhabi's Masdar and Spain's SEDER, announced that its second and third concentrated solar power plants are operating smoothly—the first was the renowned Gemasolar solar tower—and that plans for more are in the works."

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Tyre recycling plan for South Africa

Water and Environmental Affairs Minister Edna Molewa has overestimated the number of jobs that can be created through the new tyre recycling programme, Democratic Alliance (DA) water and environment spokesperson Gareth Morgan said on Wednesday, adding that the initiative was unsustainable.

He also said that Minister, who unveiled the Recycling and Economic Development Initiative South Africa (Redisa) on Tuesday, may have flouted sections of the Waste Tyre Regulations (WTR), by failing to publish the plan in the Government Gazette for a 30-day comment period or bring it to the attention of relevant organs of State and interested persons.

“Despite the existence of another long-standing industry driven plan on the table, the Minister has effectively given Redisa a monopoly over tyre recycling in South Africa, as manufactures, dealers and importers must become a subscriber to the plan as long as it is the only plan approved by the Minister,” Morgan told Engineering News Online.

Redisa’s aim is to establish a network of up to 150 collection depots across the country, which would employ up to 15 000 people, including about 5 000 people in the informal sector within five years.

“The Minister approved a plan that will cost far more than any job creation benefit, due to the intended establishment of a complex bureaucracy of up to 150 costly collection sites around South Africa,” he said, adding that it would not be sustainable.

Morgan also expressed doubt whether the employment of informal waste tyre collectors would amount to ‘descent employment’, asking what would happen to the workers once the stockpiles had been cleared.

Further, he argued that the Minister failed to conduct a regulatory impact assessment to determine what the R2.30/kg tyre levy would cost the industry and what the related impacts on the industry would be.

“There are apparent irregularities with regard to approving the Redisa plan and I have asked the Minister to suspend the implementation of the levy, scheduled for February 1, until further consultation with the industry.”

Morgan intended to submit Parliamentary questions during the first week of February to ask the Minister to clarify the situation and circumstances surrounding the approval of Redisa’s plan.

The Department of Environmental Affairs (DEA) promulgated the WTR that took effect on June 30, 2009, compelling tyre manufacturers and importers to compile and submit an Integrated Industry Waste Tyre Management Plan (IIWTMP).

“Although all the stakeholders in the industry were invited to submit such a plan with their registration, only two plans passed the initial screening. These where provided by the South African Tyre Recycling Process (SATRP) Company and Redisa, two nonprofit companies,” Molewa told a media briefing on Tuesday.

However, SATRP Company CEO Dr Etienne Human told Engineering News Online that certain regulations were not followed when the plans where scrutinised.

“We had not received any feedback, as per the regulations, from the Department of Environmental Affairs as to why our plan failed,” he said.

Human pointed out that the regulations stipulate that should a submitted plan fail, the Minister would give reason as to why the plan failed and give a new date by which the applicant may resubmit the proposal.

“However, following the media briefing the Minister yesterday conceded to the SATRP that it should be able to resubmit its proposal. A deadline was given for today at 13:00, but unfortunately no correspondence was received from the Minister,” SATRP GM Des Griffithtold Engineering News Online.

He explained that from a legal perspective, SATRP needs a new deadline to be able to move forward and resubmit its IIWTMP.

The SATRP claimed to have the backing of about 80% of the tyre manufacturing and fitment industry.

“It seems as if we would be forced to resort to legal action to force the Minister to give us a date by which to resubmit our IIWTMP,” Griffith said.

The DEA was not immediately available for comment on Wednesday.

The Minister said on Tuesday that one of the important elements of Redisa’s plan was to include the informal sector to be able to collect and get paid for the waste tyres it collects, owing to a significant number of people in South Africa making a living in this way. She pointed out that this was one of the reasons the Redisa plan was approved.

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Renewables to be fastest-growing energy segment for next 20 years

Renewables to be fastest-growing energy segment for next 20 years - BP: "By 2030, BP expects renewables to make up 11% of world electricity generation, with the European Union having 26% of it power arising from such solutions.

It also anticipates that policy support will be sustained to help the renewables industry deploy new technologies and drive down costs. But the report cautions that the pace of penetration is likely to be constrained by a willingness and ability to meet the rapidly expanding cost of policy support as renewables scale up."
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Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Climate Finance and Carbon Markets Africa

With just 1 week to go until Climate Finance and Carbon Markets Africa 2012, register your place today.
In two days you will take home critical lessons from successful African climate projects, understand the key factors that will attract investment into your project, discover how to capitalise on prospects in LDC's and debate the most attractive future growth opportunities in the African climate sector.  
Don't miss your opportunity to meet new partners for climate projects, network with investors, and hear from policy leaders, to develop your strategy for the second commitment period of the Kyoto Protocol. With one week to go ensure you reserve your spot today. 
Join key players in the industry at Climate Finance and Carbon Markets Africa including :

UNFCCC * Department of Energy * Carbon Check * Standard Bank * Nedbank Capital * Ecometrix * WESD Capital * Danish Embassy * DNV * Eco-Act * BEA International * DNV Climate Change and Environmental Services * The Gold Standard Foundation * EcoXchange * UNDP * Eskom Holdings * African Energy Commission * Department of Water Resources * VI-Agroforestry Programme Eastern Africa * City of Cape Town * Department of Energy * World Future Council * Designated National Authority * National Climate Change Committee * CDC Climat Asset Management * Congo Basin Forest Fund * Endangered Wildlife Trust * ESBI Contracting * IFDC Catalist * Glyn Marasis * Blue World Carbon * Ethekwini Municipality * Climate Care * NuPlanet Clean Energy * Promethium Carbon * Advance Global Initiative * Energy Cybernetics * University of Pretoria * Oasis Investment Holdings Limited * Alakriti Consulting * Forestry Commision * Ghana Forestry Commission * Ministry of Finance Kenya * African Carbon Exchange * CRO Environmental * CAP Conseil * IFMS Pty Ltd * Sasol * GDF Suez * Bunge Emissions Group * AEL Mining * Wonderbag * Flo Cert * TUV Nord * Austriamicrosystems AG * HIVOS * REEEP * MamaEarth Foundation * Pilot International * Morgan Stanley * Ministry of Environment Nigeria * IMBEWU * Viability Africa * Islan Asset Management * COMESA * Earthcare Nigeria * City of Johannesburg

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Our esteemed speaker line up of 30+ industry experts includes:

  • Ariesta Ningrum, Team Lead, Sustainable Development Mechanisms, UNFCCC
  • Nelly Magubane, Director General, Department of Energy, South Africa
  • Lucas Black, Regional Technical Advisor, Energy, Infrastructure, Transport and Technology, UNDP
  • Adam Simcock, Chief Executive Officer, Carbon Check, South Africa - Read Adam's 60 second interview
  • New - Imtiaz Ahmad, Executive Director, Morgan Stanley
  • Geoff Sinclair, Head of Carbon Trading, Standard Bank, UK
  • Kevin Whitfield, Head, African Treasury and Financial Products Unit, Nedbank Capital, South Africa
  • Henk Sa, Managing Director, Ecometrix, South Africa
  • Georges Bakaly, Managing Director, WESD Capital, DRC - Read George's 60 second Interview
  • New - Linda Phalaste, Deputy Director, Climate Change, City of Johannesburg

For the full agenda and speaker details view the event brochure.

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Shedding light on solar power solutions for South Africa

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With the spectre of load shedding rearing its ugly head once again following Eskom’s recent warning of forthcoming blackouts, the question begs – is conventional electricity is the best way in which to power our lives?
Since the introduction of load shedding in January 2008, the nation has been swept by  rolling blackouts as electricity demand gradually begins to outstrip supply, placing strain on both the national grid and on consumers themselves. With so much frustration on the part of South Africans, and so many questions regarding electricity suppliers’ ability to provide a reliable source of energy, it seems only logical that the next step would be to look for alternative energy sources, particularly in what Eskom themselves have termed a “difficult year”.

Making the switch to solar power

In the search for a solution to the potential energy crisis facing us in 2012, solar power is one of the first that comes to mind. Long considered one of the most accessible forms of renewable energy, solar electricity has increased in popularity over recent years, leading to its becoming one of the alternative energy solutions of choice for both professional and private consumers alike.  
Leading the way in providing solar power solutions to the local market is Solairedirect Southern Africa, a subsidiary of one of the foremost solar power operators in France. Bringing international quality and expertise to bear on local challenges, Solairedirect is ideally positioned to provide reliable, cost-effective PV solutionson a long-term basis.

The number one choice for solar PV solutions

Having developed significant technical experience in photovoltaic technology, as well as the design, production and operation of solar PV systems, Solairedirect’s goal is to make the accessibility of solar electricity as widespread as possible. With an impressive number of solar power projects to its name, Solairedirect is achieving this goal on a daily basis, providing solar power systems to both commercial and residential consumers that not only produce clean, green, reliable energy, but increase the value of their property as well.
From large-scale solar PV parks to small-scale rooftop installations, more and more South Africans are reaping the benefits of this alternative form of energy that not only provides reliable power, but also drastically reduces the impact of this power on our natural resources. And with Solairedirect on hand to provide top quality engineering and world-class support every step of the way, the light from solar energy will burn brightly in homes every day of the year.
For more information on solar PV power solutions in South Africa, and their implementation, please contact Solairedirect Southern Africa for a consultation.