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Electricity for every Burundian within 4 years

A few weeks ago the government of the Republic of Burundi decide to team with our Israeli company Vintec Knowledge Ltd. to build solar power station for the state.

"I'm proud of our company directors who did a great job".Jacob Nuriel M.D & CEO.  Read more


R5,3bn energy efficiency incentive confirmed

Details of a R5,3-billion financial incentive, aimed at promoting energy efficiency among South African electricity consumers, was confirmed by Energy Minister Dipuo Peters on Tuesday. The scheme, which would be known as the Standard Offer, would enable electricity consumers to claim a rebate in respect of the amount of energy they had saved from the electricity system. Full Article

Israel can provide the Technology

Israel has the About 90% of domestic residences in Israel make
 use of solar water heating systems, and Israel's National Infrastructure Ministry estimates that it has the highest 
intensity of solar panels for 
water heating, which satisfies some 4% of the country's total energy demand. This translates into about 
3 000 MW of installed solar water heating capacity.   Full Article   or   Read more..



Energy efficiency regulations for new buildings published

Trade and Industy Minister Rob Davies has published amendments to energy efficiency regulations, which would make it compulsory for all new buildings to be designed to a standard that minimised the energy use. The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) on Monday invited interested parties to submit comments and input on the energy efficiency regulations for new buildings, which were published in the regulations section of Government Gazette No. 33265. Full Article


New energy-efficiency rating tool unveiled for SA buildings

A new electricity consumption rating tool - which, if widely adopted, could set in motion the creation of a national energy-efficiency benchmark database of South Africa's building stock - was unveiled on Wednesday night, together with the identities of some of the country's top-performing corporate head offices and shopping centres. The so-called ‘Energy Barometer' is the product of five years of research and development, undertaken by Energy Cybernetics. Full Article


Eskom directors to receive millions in performance shares – union

While Eskom workers are fighting for wage increases, figures released by trade union Solidarity on Tuesday showed that the State-owned utility had made provision for the payment of performance shares to the value of R9,6-million to directors and senior managers. The union said that some directors could receive as much as R1-million in performance share payouts. Wage negotiations between the utility and its workers represented by the National Union of Mineworkers, the National Union of... Full Article


Search on for 5 000 MW to stablise SA's tight grid by 2016

Detailed work is currently under way to determine the "state of readiness" of a range of near-term electricity demand-reduction opportunities, as well as several non-Eskom supply options that could yield the equivalent of some 5 000 MW and help stabilise the South African system between now and 2016. The project, which has been integrated into the larger planning and policy processes being directed by the InterMinisterial Committee on Energy, led by Public Enterprises Minister Barbara Hogan,... Full Article


SA backs Norway’s $1bn bid to advance carbon capture and storage

South African energy and chemicals group Sasol has become the latest company to buy into the Technology Centre Mongstad (TCM), which is currently under construction in Norway, and which aims to further develop carbon capture and storage (CCS) technologies - technologies viewed as a way to allow coal to continue playing a role in a energy provision, in a world where emitting carbon-dioxide (CO2) is an increasingly unacceptable and costly endeavour. Sasol CO2 Manager Jaco Liebenberg tells... Full Article


Global carbon price platform required to help drive mitigation efforts

A "global uniform carbon price" was needed to ensure that adequate greenhouse gas emission mitigation took place to stop temperatures from rising to levels where dangerous climate changes would take place, Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) structural policy analysis senior economist Alain de Serres has argued. Delivering a lecture at Wits Business School recently, De Serres acknowledged that the world was "quite far" from global carbon pricing, while the journey... Full Article


 SA wind data website to be operational in September


The wind measurement masts for the South African Wind Energy Project (Sawep) would be erected and start gathering data by July, after which a website publishing the data would be up and running by September, project manager André Otto said on Tuesday. Otto told Engineering News Online that the environmental-impact assessment (EIA) studies for all ten locations where the masts would be put up have been finalised, and they would be installed and operational by the end of July. Full Article




Morocco solar plant draws big investor interest

Investor interest in phase one of Morocco's $9-billion solar power scheme has exceeded expectations with about 200 firms submitting expressions of interest, the head of Morocco's solar power agency said. The Moroccan Agency for Solar Energy (MASEN) is inviting bids from investors interested in building a solar power station near the southern town of Ouarzazate with a capacity of 500 megawatts (MW), or enough to power about 90 000 homes. Full Article


Solar Site

The City of Johannesburg, the Department of Mineral Resources and cement manufacturer Pretoria Portland Cement (PPC) on Thursday launched the Diepsloot skills development centre solar energy system, a R1,7-million project consisting of 75 photovoltaic panels to provide the centre with electricity. Read more.. or  Full Article





Powertech awarded R79m contract to upgrade substations

The Tshwane Municipality has awarded diversified engineering solutions business Powertech IST a R79-million contract to upgrade and refurbish two 132/11 kV substations to improve the reliability of the City of Tshwane’s electrical power network. The upgrade would entail the construction of new substations, as well as the replacement of cabling, the medium- and high-voltage switchgear units and the supply of integrated control and protection systems. Full Article


Safa House installs solar water heating as part of ‘greening’ initiative

 Situated in Nasrec, Safa House has been equipped with a solar water heater (SWH) for its canteen, which is the biggest hot water consumer in the building, in a drive to make the building more energy efficient. Safa House is headquarters for the South African Football Association (Safa), where the FIFA 2010 soccer World Cup local organising committee (LOC) is also currently housed. Full Article

 Vintec News - Oct 2009

Vintec Africa offers "Technology transfer" for the manufacture of Solar Geysers. New CEO appointed at Vintec Africa.

Vintec News - July - 2008

Vintec Africa opens operations in South Africa at the Energex Expo.




Vintec News - Sep 2008

Vintec Africa now in South Africa & proves it's energy saving technologies to the South African market.



Bobby Godsell

BLSA chairperson Bobby Godsell, was named by President Jacob Zuma on Friday as a member of The Presidency's newly formed National Planning Commission (NPC).



Eskom Projects

State-owned power utility Eskom expects to have secured the "balance of funding" for its utility-scale wind and solar-thermal projects - which are expected to cost a combined R9-billion to R10-billion to develop - by the middle of 2010, and to begin construction on both projects in early 2011.

Together, the 100-MW Sere wind farm and the 100-MW Upington concentrating solar power (CSP) project received $260-million (nearly R2-billion) worth of International Bank for Reconstruction and Development funding as part of the recently approved $3,75-billion World Bank loan to Eskom.

This concessional finance has effectively retriggered the two projects, which had been lying latent, owing to the utility's funding constraints.
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Wind Farm Development

Franco-South African wind-energy operator InnoWind has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with the Eastern Cape House of Traditional Leaders (ECHTL) to pursue the development of a number of wind farms, with capacities of between 10 MW and 50 MW, in rural regions of the Eastern Cape.  Full Article