Indian businesses build own solar plants

2014-11-04 11:19

Factories and businesses in India have installed over 30 MW of rooftop solar panels the last year, little compared to India's solar capacity of 2 700 MW.

Cape Town business feeds power into grid

2014-07-30 17:24

Private solar plant becomes the first to legally transmit electricity back into the City of Cape Town’s electrical distribution network.

How to survive load shedding

2014-03-18 09:43

Not looking forward to load shedding? Here are a few tips on how to survive a power outage.

How to survive load shedding

2014-03-08 05:00

Not looking forward to load shedding? Here are a few tips on how to survive a power outage.

EU slaps tax on Chinese solar panels

2013-12-02 14:31

The European Union has agreed to impose anti-dumping duties on Chinese solar panel importers who breach a deal reached with Beijing this year.

Solar power takes off in SA

2013-11-21 09:58

The first large-scale solar power plant which came on stream in SA this week, will produce enough power for more than 30 000 households.

The simple solution to Eskom's troubles

2013-09-26 13:07

Eskom can supply all the country's power needs by merely installing a solar panel on the roof of every household in South Africa, says a Fin24 user.

Largest solar power plant unveiled

2013-03-17 21:20

Oil-rich Abu Dhabi has opened the world's largest Concentrated Solar Power plant, which will provide electricity to 20 000 homes.

Solar plant 'largest in Africa'

2012-12-04 22:22

A UK firm has announced plans to build what they claim is the biggest solar power plant in Africa, which aims to provide electricity to 100 000 homes.

German solar power production booming

2012-11-05 16:24

German utilities say solar power production has risen by more than 50% on the year over the first nine months of 2012 amid a boom in installations of photovoltaic panels.

Solar plane takes off for return flight

2012-06-29 14:31

An experimental solar-powered plane, flying without using any fuel, has taken off for Rabat on a return journey after its successful flight over the Moroccan desert.

India switches on largest solar field

2012-04-19 16:42

The Indian state of Gujarat has flipped the switch on the world's largest solar field, leading India's renewable energy mission.

Households can supplement network

2012-02-19 16:30

Solar power could for most of the year provide the bulk of an ordinary household’s electricity requirements, but at the moment this would prove to be pricey.

US renews push for solar energy

2011-10-28 14:01

The Obama administration has identified sites as prime candidates for solar energy projects on public lands, continuing a push for solar power.

Japan wins Australia solar race

2011-10-20 13:10

Japan's Tokai University has won the World Solar Challenge car race through Australia's desert in a tight contest marred by wildfires and an explosion.

China dominates solar power

2011-09-20 16:30

China's solar power firms are emerging as the industry's dominant force after the collapse of foreign competitors, but are struggling with low prices.

Solar gaining momentum - World Bank

2011-08-25 12:12

While green technology depends on a county's resources to implement it, solar has been gaining momentum, the World Bank has said.

Solar brings clean water to Madagascar

2011-08-16 17:17

Rural communities in Madagascar are receiving access to safe drinking water and electricity with a solar power project.

Solar power for trains in rainy Belgium

2011-08-12 20:46

Trains have a reputation for being a clean form of transport but Belgian commuters can now boast railways which are partially powered by solar energy.

UK solar plants soar ahead of tariff cut

2011-07-28 18:50

British solar power capacity rose by more than 50% in the three months to June as developers scrambled to finish projects before lower government support tariffs kick in next month.

Solar ovens offer hope in Afghanistan

2011-07-19 17:51

A US diplomat has encouraged the use of solar ovens as a low tech solution in Afghanistan.

China city rushes into 'green boom'

2011-06-22 16:03

In the scramble to profit from demand for clean energy, Baoding is promoting itself as a manufacturing centre for solar, wind and other gear.

Solar plane on 2nd flight

2011-06-11 22:29

Swiss solar-powered aircraft Solar Impulse has taken off for its second international flight from Brussels for Paris where it will be showcased at an international air show.

Eskom 'keen' on solar, wind power

2011-06-08 14:05

Eskom says it welcomes the move towards renewable energy after receiving a loan to develop wind and solar power from the African Development Bank.

ACDP calls for wind, solar investment

2011-05-27 17:35

The ACDP has called on the government to invest in wind and solar energy rather than nuclear plants.


Go solar and save

2014-07-31 09:23

Households may have to examine alternative forms of energy after Eskom has been given permission to raise electricity prices above the 8% previously granted.

Inventor pushes solar panels for roads

2014-07-11 14:05

An electric engineer, Scott Brusaw, has built solar panels meant for roads, driveways, parking lots, bike trails and highways.

How to survive load shedding

2014-03-08 14:00

Not looking forward to load shedding? Here are a few tips on how to survive a power outage.

Gazans turn to solar power amid fuel crisis

2014-02-26 09:38

As the Palestinian territory lives through the worst fuel shortage in its history, many of Gazan inhabitants are beginning to see solar power as a viable alternative.

SA-led group in $2.2bn Cameroon power deal

2013-11-21 10:39

A consortium led by South Africa's GSC Energy has signed a deal with Cameroon to develop a $2.2bn solar plant at a fee "significantly" less than current electricity providers.

Eskom gets $135m loan

2013-10-14 11:47

France will lend $135m to Eskom to help it finance solar power projects, according to a report.

CPV programme to stimulate employment

2013-06-18 21:42

The first students in Soitec’s concentrator photovoltaic technology training programme have successfully completed the first part of the curriculum.

Sun's rays cook up a storm

2012-12-05 14:40

Forget coal, gas or electric ovens, a German entrepreneur has designed and installed giant circular solar panels in the small Mexican town of El Sauz to show that the sun's rays can cook up a storm too.

Solar vehicles race across Chile desert

2012-11-17 14:15

Fifteen solar panel vehicles, some that look like small space ships, are racing across Chile's Atacama desert as part of a contest to build low-cost environmentally-friendly cars.

Solar power can prevent shack fires

2012-10-28 13:47

Solar power is the best solution to prevent shack fires, the DA Gauteng has said.

Germany sets new solar power record

2012-05-27 22:00

German solar power plants have produced a world record 22 gigawatts of electricity per hour, the head of a renewable energy think tank says.

Solar power station works at night

2012-03-18 13:46

A unique thermosolar power station in southern Spain can shrug off cloudy days: energy stored when the sun shines lets it produce electricity even during the night.

Solar heating in Luthuli's hometown

2011-12-08 21:04

Solar heaters are to be installed in homes, schools and a clinic at Groutville, the KwaZulu-Natal hometown of former ANC president Albert Luthuli.

Solar power to go mainstream

2011-10-24 14:45

The biggest cloud hanging over the solar industry, the high cost of panels, is finally lifting.

Eskom signs loans for wind project

2011-09-25 22:35

Eskom has signed two loan agreements with the African Development Bank that will enable the parastatal to implement a renewable wind and solar generator.

Solar geyser rollout to be accelerated

2011-08-25 14:04

Cabinet has approved the implementation of "key tasks" to speed up the solar water geyser rollout programme, the government spokesperson has said.

Time 'right' for SA renewable energy

2011-08-17 18:05

The time is ripe for SA to invest more heavily in infrastructure and maintenance in the renewable energy sector, DuPont has said.

Solar boat docks in Hong Kong

2011-08-15 16:26

There is "huge potential" to use alternative energy in the shipping industry, the man behind the world's biggest solar boat has said.

Nasa spacecraft begins 5-year trip to Jupiter

2011-08-05 20:45

Next stop, Jupiter: Nasa spacecraft takes off on five-year trip to solar system's oldest planet.

Solar-powered traffic lights for Joburg

2011-07-21 12:58

Traffic lights across Johannesburg will be fitted with uninterrupted power supply units to improve mobility for commuters, the Johannesburg Roads Agency says.

Solar water heaters offer relief

2011-06-26 16:12

Eskom is offering 110-litre geysers for free in township homes, but wealthier families needing larger volumes also receive a subsidy to encourage them to switch to solar.

Solar plane abandons flight

2011-06-12 13:31

Swiss solar-powered aircraft Solar Impulse has landed in Brussels after the pilot aborted a flight to Paris following a series of technical problems.

Solar tunnel powers train line

2011-06-08 18:07

High-speed international trains linking Paris and Amsterdam have become the first in Europe to use electricity generated by solar panels.

Toyota fits solar panels to factory

2011-06-07 18:04

Toyota is installing 17 000 solar panels at one of its factories in Britain to cut its carbon dioxide production by 2 000 tonnes a year.

Solar plane takes off

2011-05-13 12:36

A Swiss solar-powered plane has taken off for its first international flight.

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