Solar challenge: Teams feeling the heat

2014-09-30 08:17

The 2014 SA Solar Challenge is well under way but already four teams have pulled out because of technical issues on the route between Bloemfontein and Cape Town.

Mirrors lighten gloom in Norwegian valley

2013-10-30 18:30

Sunshine lit up a Norwegian town in a remote, dark valley for the first time in wintertime as mirrors high on a mountainside realised a century-old dream.

Germany pulls plug on solar subsidies

2013-07-08 19:46

Germany will stop subsidising solar energy by 2018 at the latest, after last year initiating a scaling-back of generous state support.

SA auto dealer goes fully solar

2013-01-31 12:07

Kia, as part of a plan to become more environmentally conscious, is about to open the first solar-powered auto dealer in South Africa.

Solar plane makes return flight

2012-06-30 15:06

An experimental solar-powered aircraft, flying without using any fuel, has arrived in Rabat on a return journey to Switzerland after its successful flight over the Moroccan desert.

Solar - local is lekker minister says

2012-05-17 20:31

Only solar water heater suppliers who "localise" their products will be able to participate in government's installation programme, Energy Minister Dipuo Peters says.

Swiss solar plane to fly for 2 days

2012-03-28 18:51

The Swiss sun-powered aircraft Solar Impulse will attempt to fly from Switzerland to Morocco in coming weeks, in its longest flight to date.

Israel unveils first solar power field

2011-06-05 20:20

Israel's Arava Power has unveiled the country's first commercial solar power plant and announced plans to erect dozens of other solar array fields.

Solar farm could cost R150bn

2010-09-16 14:54

Eskom's planned solar farm in Upington could cost up to R150bn and would need huge private capital injection, says the government.


Solar Challenge: Teams bogged down by rain

2014-10-01 14:52

Teams participating in the 2014 Solar Challenge are in for yet another tough day as water soaked roads and pouring rain marred the trip to the fifth pitstop in Port Elizabeth.

Solar boost for Wi-Fi

2014-07-02 12:22

New solar lamps will be Wi-Fi hotspots in rural areas and shacks, says Gugu Lourie.

Energy-generating window unveiled

2013-10-24 17:45

Scientists in China have designed a "smart" window that can both save and generate energy, and may ultimately reduce heating and cooling costs for buildings.

Google pumps R100m into SA energy

2013-05-30 21:36

Internet search giant Google has invested more than R100m in a solar plant to be developed near Upington, which will be capable of generating enough electricity to power 30 000 homes, a report says.

Solar roofs for Renault plants

2012-11-07 11:23

Renault has announced it will introduce 400 000 square metres of photovoltaic panels capable of generating 59MW at six of its production sites.

Sun power flight all charged up

2012-06-05 19:09

The Solar Impulse, a giant plane as big as an Airbus A340 but as light as an average family car has been fully charged on the world's first intercontinental flight in a solar-powered plane.

Pacific nations dump diesel

2012-05-10 20:16

Tiny Pacific nations which are most at threat from rising seas have vowed to dump diesel and other dirty expensive fuels blamed for causing global warming.

Swiss solar plane to fly to Morocco

2011-07-03 19:53

The Swiss solar plane team plans a Mediterranean crossing in 2012 and round-the-world flight in 2014.

Eskom wants to be solar giant

2010-10-12 06:25

Power utility Eskom expects to become a dominant solar energy player, with plenty of funding available to pay for renewable ventures.

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