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07
Jun
Takeaways from Intersolar 2017: the latest and greatest in solar technology

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​SOLA CEO, Dom Wills, and CTO, Ian Burger, attended the world’s largest gathering of solar professionals in Munich last week. Below follows a few takeaways from the...

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31
May
Reflections from Intersolar, day 1

By SOLA | Comments

SOLA CEO, Dom Wills and CTO, Ian Burger, are currently in Munich for Intersolar Europe – the world’s largest gathering of solar professionals. Below are some...

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18
May
SOLA Future Energy helps to green Century City Conference Centre

By SOLA | Comments

This week, SOLA Future Energy was pleased to assist the Century City Conference Centre in its journey toward sustainability by completing a solar energy system on the...

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09
May
SOLA Future Energy installs 550 kW solar system in Gardens

By SOLA | Comments

​SOLA Future Energy recently completed a rooftop solar PV installation for Wembley Square,an office complex and lifestyle centre in Gardens, Cape Town. The centre, owned...

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03
May
780 kW solar system at Soneike Mall, Kuils River

By SOLA | Comments

​​SOLA future energy recently completed a 780 kW solar rooftop installation atSoneike Mall,in Kuils River. The shopping centre, which contains a range of retail shops,...

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01
Feb
Parkwood Primary School goes solar!

By Admin | Comments

As part of a community development program, SOLA Future Energy (SFE) and Aurora Power Solutions (APS) are bringing solar energy to the Parkwood Tech Centre at Parkwood...

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14
Sep
SA leading the way on renewable energy

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​One has to wonder what motivation the South African Nuclear Energy Corporation has in launching a smear campaign against renewable energy. Mr Kelvin Kemm’s article ...

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24
Aug
Renewable energy makes financial and environmental sense, and is a threat to Eskom

By Admin | Comments

​Recent comments by Brian Molefe, Eskom’s chief executive, might lead an impartial person to wonder whether there is an orchestrated effort to undermine renewable...

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24
Aug
Wind, solar can supply bulk of South Africa’s power at least cost, CSIR model shows

By Admin | Comments

​There has been much discussion in recent months about the work done by the Council for Scientific and IndustrialResearch Energy Centre into the role thatrenewable...

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10
Aug
Will Eskom avoid the utility death spiral?

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​”Eskom is looking to cut its use of private power and has proposed nuclear as the final solution, but it may be making a major business model mistake, write Graham...

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05
Jul
Musk’s sun-fed battery closer to reality

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​IT IS a nice dream. You catch the sun’s rays in photovoltaic panels on the roof. The resulting electricity is fed down to a large battery hanging on the wall in...

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21
Jun
Robben Island PV and Battery Storage Project Awarded to Sola Future Energy

By Chris Haw | Comments

​Sola Future has been awarded a landmark project by the Department of Tourism to Design, Construct and Commission a fully standalone hybrid PV and Lithium Ion Battery...

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27
May
Portugal Runs For Four Days Straight On Renewable Energy Alone

By Admin | Comments

​Portugal kept its lights on with renewable energy alone for four consecutive days last week in a clean energy milestone revealed by data analysis of national energy...

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24
May
Solar Is Cheaper Than Ever…

By Admin | Comments

“​Mexico just concluded its first Clean Energy Auction for energy, power and Clean Energy Certificates for purchase by CFE, Mexico’s only utility. The results are...

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01
Mar
Nersa Approves 9.4% Electricity Price Hike

By Admin | Comments

​Cape Town - The National Energy Regulator (Nersa) approved a 9.4% electricity hike for 2016/17 on Tuesday.  Read more

 

25
Feb
Freddy Hirsch 392kWp Industrial Facility Completed

By Chris Haw | Comments

​The Freddy Hirsch Factory in Montague Gardens is a landmark project as its the first industrial client that Sola Future has constructed for.   Typically industrial...

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04
Feb
Solar Power Grid-Tied Systems Yield Energy Cost Efficiency

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“​Using solar power as a grid-tied system rather than a load-shedding intervention secures efficient, reliable and long-term energy pricing, says solar PV solutions...

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25
Jan
Sun Will Never Set On Solar Energy

By Admin | Comments

“​IN THE last round of bidding for renewable energy projects, the cost of photovoltaic (PV) solar dropped 68% — the new solar farms will be delivering cheaper...

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17
Jan
Constantia Village Shopping Centre Completed December 2015

By Chris Haw | Comments

​​Sola Future was contracted by Growth Point Properties to install a 814 kWp Solar PV System at the Constantia Village in Cape Town. The plant is expected to produce...

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07
Dec
Nersa says rules for embedded generators to be included in DoE Licensing Regulations

By Admin | Comments

“The National Energy Regulator of South Africa (Nersa) has announced that the long awaited regulatory framework for small-scale embedded generation will not be finalised...

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23
Nov
SOLA wins 1.02MW rooftop project in Gauteng

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​SOLA Future has been awarded a 1.02MW rooftop solar project to be constructed on the Cradlestone Mall in Gauteng. Construction is expected to commence in February 2016...

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13
Oct
First ‘fully local’ solar PV projects selected under REIPPPP

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​“The 5.8 MW Adams and 5.8 MW Bellatrix solar projects, in the Western Cape, have been selected under the Department of Energy’s (DoE’s) Renewable Energy Independent...

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08
Oct
Renewables Continue To Make More Sense Than Fossil Fuels

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“​Wind and solar have long made up a small fraction of US electricity—about 5%in 2014. But production has been rising at an exponential rate, and those two energy...

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05
Oct
SOLA Future wins 10MW of solar IPP projects

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​SOLA Future Energy, together with it’s affiliate development company Aurora Power Solutions, has been awarded 2 x 5MW IPP projects which will be constructed mid-way...

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30
Sep
Joburg Has Received Applications For 32 MW Of Rooftop Solar

By Admin | Comments

​Johannesburg’s City Power estimates that there are already 4 MW of solar photovoltaic (PV) rooftop capacity in operation across the city and has revealed that it has...

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23
Sep
Study: Renewable energy saved SA R4bn since January

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18
Sep
SOLA Future signs 800kWp Constantia Village project with Growthpoint Properties

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Constantia Village
Constantia Village

​SOLA Future has been contracted by Growthpoint Properties to install the first phase of a 1.1MW proposed solar PV system at Constantia Village. The...

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21
Jul
Clicks Head Office 400kWp

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​SOLA Future Energy has been appointed as the EPC contractor for Clicks Head Office solar PV system in Cape Town. The 400kWp system is expected to generate around...

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23
Jun
Construction is complete on Ingenuity Property’s 492kW Foreshore Building PV System

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Ingenuity's Atlantic Building
Ingenuity’s Atlantic Building

 

​SOLA Future Energy has completed the construction of a 492kW solar PV array for Ingenuity Property on the Atlantic Centre and...

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03
Jun
Beautiful stained glass window generates solar power

By Admin | Comments

“​Solar panels may be an excellent, eco-friendly energy solution, but they are not particularly easy on the eye. We have already seen a more attractive option in the...

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29
May
Robben Island To Switch To Solar Power

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“​Tourism Minister Derek Hanekom says Robben Island, one of the world’s top tourist attraction spots, will soon generate its power from solar panels”.  Read more

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19
May
Cape Town Tackles “Load Shedding” With Rooftop Solar

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“​In late 2014, South African city of Cape Town signed up with Black River Park, a building complex that’s home to more than 110 international companies, to supply...

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08
May
Green Star Function 7 May 2015

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“The celebration of our announcement: Black River Park is THE GREENEST office precinct in the country, with all buildings Green Star SA rated - 3 of which have received...

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17
Apr
SA To Mop Up Near-Term Renewables Prospects, Ahead Of Revamped Process For 6 300 MW More

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“Energy Minister Tina Joemat-Pettersson has announced plans to accelerate and expand the Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer Procurement Programme (REIPPPP),...

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17
Apr
Energy Minister Announces Successful Fourth Round Renewable-Energy Projects

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“The Department of Energy (DoE) has announced the names of 13 projects that have been accepted in the fourth bidding window of the Renewable Energy Independent Power...

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17
Apr
Joemat-Pettersson announces new energy initiatives

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“​ENERGY Minister Tina Joemat-Pettersson announced a raft of new energy initiatives for the private sector on Thursday, including a large expansion of the renewable...

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10
Apr
Energy initiatives stuck in ministerial bottleneck

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​“Renewable energy is by far the quickest way to bring new capacity into the grid, says Harald Winkler, director of the University Cape Town’s Energy Research Centre,...

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20
Mar
Eskom wants 25.3% tariff increase

By Admin | Comments

“​Eskom’s electricity tariffs may increase by 25.3% from April 1 this year for its direct customers and July 1 for municipal customers if an application to the...

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16
Mar
Cape Quarter PV solar project up and running

By Admin | Comments

​“This flagship property within the Tower Property Funds portfolio recently received an extensive PV solar system installation as part of the funds greening and...

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12
Mar
Solar Infrastructure At Black River Office Park

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“Sola Future is the company that has provided the solar infrastructure for the Black River Office park.
The office park has the largest rooftop solar photovoltaic...

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09
Mar
Nersa Moves To Finalise Rules For Connecting Small-Scale Solar To The Grid

By Admin | Comments

​“The National Energy Regulator of South Africa (Nersa) will hold public hearings in April as part of a consultation process designed to finalise new rules for...

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05
Mar
Energy Efficiency Savings Tax Incentives Chip away At Energy Problem

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“​The additional revenue will be used to fund the broadening of the scope of the energy-efficiency savings tax incentive to include co-generation and an increase in the...

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26
Feb
More Than 70 Bids Received For Fourth Renewables Bid Window

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Energy Minister Tina Joemat-Pettersson confirmed on Tuesday that 77 bids were received by the August 18, 2014, submission deadline for the fourth bid window under...

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05
Feb
Stage 2 Load Shedding In Progress

By Admin | Comments

​“Stage 2 load shedding started at 08:00 and will continue until 23:00 on Thursday, Eskom said in a power alert statement”.  Read more

 

04
Feb
Brown Urges Citizens, Businesses To Prepare For Daily Power Cuts

By Admin | Comments

“​Public Enterprises Minister Lynne Brown is urging households and businesses to make provision for “at least two-hour power outages between 7:00 and 22:00 daily”,...

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04
Feb
Stop Eskom Monopoly – Maimane

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​ “Government should allow other power producers to compete and end Eskom‘s monopoly, the DA said on Wednesday”.  Read more

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04
Feb
Eskom Moves To Stage 2 Blackouts

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“​Power utility Eskom would implement stage two rolling blackouts from 14:00 on Wednesday, it stated on Twitter”.  Read more

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04
Feb
Wind And Solar Energy Saved South Africa R5.3 Billion Last Year

By Admin | Comments

​Renewable energy is still very much on the back-burner for the South African government, but if you need any further proof that it can dramatically ease the burden of...

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04
Feb
High Risk Of Load Shedding, says Eskom

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“​Power utility Eskom has issued a warning that there is a high risk of load shedding on Wednesday, saying the grid is under pressure”.  Read more

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03
Feb
Eskom Price Hikes To Follow Baleni Resignation - DA

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​“The resignation of the National Energy Regulator of SA (Nersa) CEO Phindile Baleni will lead to hikes in the electricity price, the Democratic Alliance said on...

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03
Feb
Eskom: Customers helped end load shedding

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“There may be a lesson from Tuesday’s aborted stage 1 load shedding, as Eskom spokesperson Khulu Phasiwe praised consumers for heeding the call to reduce their...

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27
Jan
Hello Darkness, my old friend

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“WEEKS of largely uninterrupted electricity supply came to an abrupt end yesterday when large parts of the country were plunged into darkness as Eskom implemented load...
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26
Jan
South Africa sees financial benefits from renewable energy in 2014 – CSIR

By Admin | Comments

​“The renewable energy from South Africa’s first wind and solar projects last year delivered R800-million more in financial benefits for the country than it cost,...

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26
Jan
Off the Grid

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Video: What happens when Eskom finally runs out of money is anyone’s guess, but some mavericks already generate their own power. What does it take and is it a viable...

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26
Jan
Eskom implementing stage 1 load shedding

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“​The power system is severely constrained today due to unforeseen technical problems at power stations. As a result Eskom has had to go into stage 1 load shedding as of...

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16
Jan
Solar Power To Reach Its Zenith

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“​Eskom may be unable to avert an energy crisis, but South African households and businesses can generate power on their rooftops at a cost per kilowatt that rivals that...

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15
Jan
Solar power helps office park stay on during load shedding

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​“With companies such as Sola Future guaranteeing their solar systems’ energy output, a solar array is a good investment.” Watch Video

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14
Jan
SOLA Completes 212kW Cape Quarter Project

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Cape Quarter

​SOLA has completed the 212kW solar project and it is operating to its expected level of performance. Cape Quarter shopping centre is owned by Tower...

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13
Jan
Cape Town Changes Its Load Shedding Schedule

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“​As of February 1 2015, the City of Cape Town will be implementing a new load shedding schedule as, and when, load shedding is declared by Eskom”.  Read more

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09
Jan
Loadshedding is back

By Admin | Comments

​“Due to the electricity demand that has exceeded the supply; Eskom  implemented load shedding Stage 1 from 11:00 until 22:00 tonight.”  Read more

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08
Jan
SA Businesses Urged To Invest In Customised Solar Solutions

By Admin | Comments

​“The rising cost of energy paired with the unreliability of the national electricity supplier has become a growing concern for SA businesses that are heavily...

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06
Jan
Eskom wants your excess solar power

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​“There is growing interest from South African electricity customers to install rooftop photovoltaic systems in order to reduce their electricity bill and supplement...

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10
Dec
Independent Power Suppliers asked to help SA

By Admin | Comments

​There is a 450MW that is ready to deploy; the government is late on on announcing the contracts: 

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09
Dec
Call for Eskom to declare national power crisis

By Admin | Comments

​“This crisis has touched the daily lives of all South Africans, and affects every aspect of our existence including our transport infrastructure, our water supply, our...

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09
Dec
As it happened - Eskom briefing on latest load shedding

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“​Eskom CEO Tshediso Matona says he has the tough job of balancing maintenance, which can not be compromised, while ensuring adequate capacity to meet demand.”  Read...

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09
Dec
No daytime load shedding, says Eskom

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​“Power utility Eskom says South Africans can breathe a sigh of relief on Tuesday as no power cuts were expected during the day but things could change in the evening.”...

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08
Dec
Gloomy outlook after four days of blackouts

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“​The Times reports that the current power crisis will plunge some suburbs into darkness for an excess of 50 hours this week and the prognosis is bleak well into the new...

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05
Dec
Eskom in scramble to secure funding

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​“Uncertainty surrounding power supply constraints presents South Africa with more hurdles to overcome in its bid to drive economic growth, put a meaningful dent in...

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03
Dec
SOLA wins Construction World Award

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​SOLA Future Energy has won an award for Best Specialist Contractor at this years Construction World 2014 Best Projects awards. The award was presented to SOLA’s...

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19
Nov
Rising Electricity Prices Is Good News For Solar Energy Users

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“​Amid rising petrol prices and threats of interest rate hikes, there’s one ballooning cost that solar energy users don’t need to worry about: increasing electricity...

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11
Nov
Renewable energy sector holds the key to job creation in SA

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“South Africa has the potential to create many of jobs within the renewable energy sector. Most clean energy industries are also more labour intensive than...

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06
Nov
Eskom load shedding reveals need for alternative energy for SA business

By Admin | Comments

“Renewable sources of energy, such as solar and wind, can facilitate processes in the event of a blackout.”   Read more

 

09
Oct
New rooftop solar system to save Woolworths R215 000 a year

By Admin | Comments

​“The system took up about 800 m2 of roof space and was expected to generate nearly 164 000 kWh/y, which was equivalent to a total yearly saving of R215 000, SOLA FD Dom...

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25
Sep
Cape Town signs first embedded electricity generation contract

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“​In a boost for renewable energy, the City of Cape Town has signed its first small-scale embedded electricity generation contract with Black River Park Investments, an...

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23
Sep
SA’s Energy Efficient buildings yield better financial benefits

By Admin | Comments

“​A new study conducted by Investment Property Databank (IPD) and the Green Building Council of SA (GBCSA) has found that energy efficient (EE) commercial buildings in...

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22
Sep
Cape Town Townships Get Solar Power

By Admin | Comments

​“The first commercial solar PV system in the township of Khayelitsha was commissioned on the Khayelitsha Environmental Health Organisation building earlier this month...

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22
Sep
Energy Constraints Deepen Construction Sector Woes

By Admin | Comments

“​Eskom’s recent announcement of project delays in the completion and critical maintenance of many power plants will make load shedding a reality for the next few...

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19
Sep
TOWNSHIPS GET SOLAR POWER

By Admin | Comments

​Solar photovoltaic power generation is gathering momentum in South Africa as hundreds of 

Megawatts of gigantic power plants are connected to the electricity grid....

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20
Aug
Prepare For Big Electricity Shock In South Africa!

By Admin | Comments

Hi Folks, please click on the link below to read further about growing instability of Eskom’s power stations, which is becoming a major threat to this country:

​Prepare...

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05
Aug
Cape Talk Radio Interview with Chris Haw, MD of Sola Future Energy, on Commercial solar installation

By Admin | Comments

​Follow this  link  to listen to the interview with Chris Haw. 

 

31
Jul
Bad news for South African electricity consumers next year!

By Admin | Comments

​Eskom gets another punch in the face from NERSA: http://www.moneyweb.co.za/moneyweb-industrials/nersa-plugs-eskoms-financial-hole

 

31
Jul
Black River Park Solar Project to boost Cape Town’s power supply

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​SOLA Future Energy’s MD Chris Haw interviewed by CNBC Africa: City of Cape Town’s progressive move to accept solar power onto electricity grid:

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30
Jul
1.2MW Black River Park solar plant feeds power into Cape Town’s electricity grid

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The 1.2MW Black River Park Solar Project has broken new ground in becoming the largest integrated PV plant in Africa and the first to legally transmit electricity back...

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14
Jul
FUTURE GREEN MINING

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​Please see the following article to read more about the benefits of solar energy in the mining sector as well as the associated challenges and impacts.

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21
May
Woolworths progressing well…

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Woolworths Head Office PV Installaion at sunrise
Woolworths Head Office PV Installaion at sunrise

 

21
May
Is Eskom Going To Increase Electricity Tariffs by Primedia Broadcasting?

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​Click on this link to listen to an interview with the General Manager Treasury of the Finance Group at Eskom, Caroline Henry.

By end of this month, Eskom would have...

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10
Apr
Green Job Creation!

By Admin | Comments

​Hi folks, green economy has come to the rescue to the unemployment stigma, please click here for more information regarding the green job creation.

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07
Apr
Farewell to Nelisiwe Magubane

By Admin | Comments

​Please click on this article for further analysis regarding director- general Nelisiwe Magubane’s departure.

 

07
Apr
Improved rand helps solar imports

By Admin | Comments

​Hey folks, have a look at this article. This would be a good time to buy panels!

 

06
Mar
Independent network is the key to the energy crisis

By Admin | Comments

A  recent article  by SAPVIA’s chairperson, Davin Chown, puts into perspective the unacceptable situation that we again face with regard to our electricity supply in South...

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24
Feb
Eskom is back in trouble and energy prices are still too low

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​Eskom has once again run into problems meeting demand for electricity in South Africa. This comes as several of the utility’s demand side management subsidy programs...

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10
Feb
Pearson 100kW system, Brackengate

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Education publishing company, Pearson, has signed a Design and Construct Agreement with SOLA to proceed with a 100kW solar PV and their warehousing premises in...

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31
Jan
Embedded Generation on the rise

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​See this link to Engineering News article detailing some of the developments in embedded generation. 

 

30
Jan
SOLA appointed at Khayelitsha Environmental Health Centre

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​SOLA has been appointed as the contractor to install a solar system on the Khayelitsha Environmental Health Centre. The project was put to tender and includes a reverse...

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30
Jan
Black River Park Expand their Record Breaking solar PV system

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Black River Park
Black River Park

Black River Park, one of the largest commercial office park developments in the cape consisting of 74,000 square meters of office space and which is...

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19
Dec
South Africa’s Solar Resource Compared to the Rest of the World

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​The sun is without a doubt one the most reliable and abundant natural resources in South Africa. Professor Detlev Kröger, Senior Researcher and Emeritus Professor in...

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03
Dec
Real Cost of Solar Energy is Cheaper Than New Coal

By Admin | Comments

​South Africa is the world’s 4th largest coal producing country and is blessed with an abundance of a natural resource in high demand. However, with an economic growth...

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27
Nov
SOLA Future Appointed as Preferred Bidder on Woolworths Head Office PV Project

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​Woolworths have appointed SOLA as the preferred bidder for a 108kW PV system on their head office in Cape Town. The project is under construction and has received...

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20
Nov
Eskom Emergency Stations

By Admin | Comments

​Check out the article in the business day this morning - Eskom’s expecting loadshedding. We’re not sure how sustainable the price increases approved by Nersa really...

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27
Aug
Black River Park Launched

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Black River Park Phase 1 of 702kW was launched yesterday at a function attended by the owners of the commercial development, press, city of Cape Town officials, Members of...

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260 kW Century City Conference Centre

This week, SOLA Future Energy was pleased to assist the Century City Conference Centre in its journey toward


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