More power stations won’t affect carbon emission hopes

Posted by: Saving Water SA (Cape Town, South Africa) – partnered with Water Rhapsody conservation systems – 02 Aug 2011

South Africa hopes to cut its carbon emissions 34 percent by 2020, Water and Environmental Affairs Minister Edna Molewa says.

Building coal-fired power stations would not affect this, as cutting emissions did not happen in an instant, but required space and time, she told reporters in Pretoria.

The rolling out of renewable sources of energy, including wind, was “well underway”.

Cutting emissions would be achieved through “nationally appropriate mitigation actions” in the transport, agriculture and energy sectors.

“The extent to which this commitment is achieved depends on the provision of finance, technology and capacity building support by developed countries, and through the United Nations climate change regime,” she said.

Molewa and International Relations Minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane were briefing journalists about the upcoming climate change conference in Durban.

Nkoana-Mashabane said the country was ready to host the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change’s 17th Conference of Parties in Durban from November 28 to December 9.

“South Africa is very much on schedule, if not ahead. We are hoping for a balanced outcome, one that is fair, equitable and inclusive,” she said of preparations for the conference.

Source: Times Live

Hout Bay Green Faire

Posted by: Saving Water SA (Cape Town, South Africa) – partnered with Water Rhapsody conservation systems – 22 November 2010

The annual Hout Bay Green Faire will take place this weekend (27 November 2010) on the fields at Kronendal Primary School from 10:00 to 18:00.

The Green Faire is a showcase of renewable energy, ‘green’ technology and services supporting a sustainable lifestyle.

Enjoy great conversation and networking. Learn about the newest green trends and view earth-friendly products. Share ideas and learn about the sustainable advancements.

Come and talk to your local expert and learn about saving water in your home or business. Water Rhapsody offers rainwater harvesting and grey water solutions as well as other unique water saving initiatives.

It’s a fun day for the whole family with music, games, movies, tasty wholesome food and lots of interesting stalls. A wide range of alternative, practical, healthy and eco friendly products and services are offered.

“We are going to run out of power”

Posted by: Yes Solar Cape (Cape Town, South Africa) – 09 October 2010

Government has warned that rolling blackouts would be imposed from next year unless “extraordinary” measures were taken by Eskom to ward off an impending power crisis.

Load shedding a reality from 2011, lasting until 2016

Eskom, in turn, has appealed to the public to conserve energy, and has urged private investors to help rescue the situation.

“We are going to run out of power,” spokesperson for Department of Minerals and Energy, Bheki Khumalo, said yesterday.

Khumalo was responding to a government report which predicted load shedding would become a reality from next year, lasting until 2016, unless urgent solutions were found.

Released for public comment yesterday, the Medium Term Risk Mitigation Plan (PTRM) for Electricity in South Africa – 2010 to 2016 anticipates rolling blackouts if energy providers other than Eskom are not found soon.

“This situation poses a real risk of rolling blackouts, similar to those experienced in 2008, and a serious threat to government’s objectives for growth and job creation,” the report states.

Khumalo said the report was a warning to all that energy in South Africa would not last forever. Continue reading

Roll-out of 100000 solar water heaters resumes

Posted by: Yes Solar Cape (Cape Town, South Africa) – 15 September 2010

Three ground-breaking renewable energy projects earmarked for Nelson Mandela Bay with a combined investment value of more than R1-billion are on track, with at least one to start being implemented before the end of the year, top project officials have revealed.

Solar hot water. Evacuated tube installation.

They include the resumed roll- out of up to 100000 solar water heaters (high-pressure solar-powered geysers) to residents after the R900-million project was put on ice in June, as well as a proposed wind farm at Van Stadens consisting of up to 15 giant wind turbines, and methane gas harvesting facilities at the Arlington or Koedoeskloof waste disposal sites.

Because the three projects are being funded by ETA Energy Ltd – a subsidiary of parastatal the Central Energy Fund (CEF) – they are on track and unaffected by the Bay municipality’s cash-flow problems which has seen many infrastructure projects halted.

The three projects will see the metro catapulted to the forefront of attempts by cities around the country to minimise their dependence on energy provider Eskom and its steep annual price increases by “going green”. Continue reading

Pigs power Limpopo farm

Posted by: Yes Solar Cape (Cape Town, South Africa) – 29 August 2010

Miss Piggy is not the only porker that can make money from hot air. Limpopo farmer Willie Humphries, 34, is using the waste from his 17000 pigs to create methane gas, which is then converted into electricity.

His family farm – Humphries Boerdery outside Bela-Bela – uses at least 30kW of electricity daily from a hi-tech generator, housed in a 6m-long shipping container, that converts the biogas into electricity.

Electricity generated from pig effluent, including pig urine, is used to run all his farming operations – including the electrical motors that process food for the 26 pig pens – as well as the heating and temperature control in the grower houses, the boreholes and for domestic use in the farmhouse.

The project has also been brought to the attention of the Department of Energy in the hope of securing finance to provide households from a nearby informal settlement with power and gas for cooking.

At least 9000 tons of pig effluent at the 520ha farm is stored in a biodigester – a 60m x 60m storage tank that is almost 5m deep. The air-tight tank is sealed with thick plastic to prevent leakage into the groundwater. Continue reading