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Nelson Mandela Bay residents can now connect small scale renewable systems up to 100 kW to the national grid. This has been made possible through a partnership between the Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality and the National Energy Regulator of South Africa (NERSA).
The site for the first solar farm in North West has been announced. The location for RustMo1 Solar Farm in Buffelspoort, Rustenburg was chosen due to its proximity to the national grid connection, high isolation levels and suitable climate for solar technology. The low agricultural and commercial value of the land adds to the site’s suitability. RustMo1 is being developed by Momentous Energy as part of government’s Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer Procurement Programme (REIPPPP).
It’s fitting that the first government building to receive the world leadership 6 Star Green Star SA Office Design rating is for the Department of Environmental Affairs. This Pretoria-based building also boasts the highest score, 82 points, awarded to date for a large commercial office space.
The South African Government is currently preparing a White Paper on carbon tax. The financial implications for businesses will be widespread, and the impact on the property and construction industry is a major issue. The push for sustainable and environmentally-friendly buildings will be stronger than ever, should the Act be passed and signed by the President.
This year, World Environment Day was themed “Green Economy: Does it include you?” The Western Cape government responded to this question by officially launching the 110% Green Initiative with 30 flagship projects to drive the green economy in the province. The campaign aims to mobilise citizens to commit and act in ways that have a positive impact on both the environment and economic growth.
“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 3 725 megawatts (MW) to be generated from Renewable Energy sources is required to ensure the continued uninterrupted supply of electricity. This 3 725 MW is broadly in accordance with the capacity allocated to Renewable Energy generation in IRP 2010-2030.
“This IPP Procurement Programme has been designed so as to contribute towards the target of 3 725 megawatts and towards socio-economic and environmentally sustainable growth, and to start and stimulate the renewable industry in South Africa.”
All 28 projects in the first round of bidders in the Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer Programme (REIPPP) have approved power generation licences, which is a key condition to obtain financial disclosure for the project.
Another 19 projects representing 1 043.9 MW were named in the second round of bidding.
The third bidding window closes 20 August 2012 with 1 265.6 MW to be allocated. The total available under the REIPPP is 3 725 MW.
Minister of Finance Pravin Gordhan , has set decisive goals for infrastructure in his Budget Speech 2012. He didn’t shy away from the fact that in 2010/11 only 68% (R 178 billion) of the budget allocation for infrastructure was spent. The underspending of state enterprises, municipalities and government departments is cause for concern within the property and construction industry, as government remains one of the biggest (direct and indirect) employers in this industry.
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