Monthly Archives: February 2016

Sun will Never set on Solar Energy

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 electricity than Eskom’s new power stations. And renewable energy costs will continue to drop while the efficiency of solar panels continues to improve. Most solar panels in use Continue Reading

Could Cow Dung be a Solution to SA’s Energy?

A young researcher at the University of Free State (UFS) has dedicated her life to finding solutions to the county’s electricity crisis using an unusual energy source – cow dung. Born and bred in Vereeniging in Gauteng, Reitumetse Molaoa said her main focus was finding ways to generate electricity using biogas produced by food waste Continue Reading

Water, Energy, and Food Reckoning for SA due to Drought

How high will food prices climb if there is no break in the worst drought in 34 years? Will water shortages, expected over the next decade, change South Africa’s program to continue building two immense, thirsty, overdue, and expensive coal-fired power plants? How much is South Africa willing to invest in drinking water supply and wastewater treatment Continue Reading