Small power generators and IPPs have come into the spotlight with the announcement by Eskom that own-generation will be included in the IDM program and by the DOE of the REIPP for small generators. It would appear that the small operator is finally being recognised, and the market for small generation is expected to take off as a result.
Amazement thats the first reaction you have when seeing this futuristic installation deep inside the bedrock of the Swedish capital. Simulated daylight illuminates greenhouses and waterfalls alongside rows of black and white rack cabinets, while hulking backup power engines, originally designed for submarines, squat domineeringly in rock caverns bathed in blue fluorescence. One cant help thinking the place is the set of a science fiction film.
by Chris Yelland, investigative editor, EE Publishers
CBI-electric, the only manufacturer of miniature circuit breakers (MCBs) and earth leakage protection units (ELPUs) in African, has reported that counterfeit copies of its electrical products are being manufactured in China and imported into South Africa
The annual financial results for the financial year ending 31 March 2012 of South Africa's primary electricity supplier, Eskom, were announced on 14 June. Eskom is a state owned enterprise, wholly owned by the South African government.
South Africa has a high level of renewable energy potential, and presently has in place a target of 10 000 GWh of renewable energy. The minister has determined that 3725 MW to be generated from renewable energy sources is required to ensure the continued uninterrupted supply of electricity.
President Jacob Zuma initiated the final phase of the pressure test on the boiler of the first unit of Eskom's new Medupi power station on 8 June 2012, in a ceremony which is a milestone on the way to Medupi generating first power to the national grid next year.