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  • 18/09/2019 1:19 PM | Christoph Kausch (Administrator)

    The Alliances for Climate Action Declaration is a joint statement of support for the Paris Agreement, signed by governments, academia, and the private sector. Together, these organisations will harness the power of cross-sectoral partnerships. 

    The South African Alliance is connecting the private sector, cities, provinces, investors, and universities so that they can work with each other and with our national government to collectively achieve a nett carbon neutral economy by 2050. You can sign up here.

  • 09/09/2019 9:00 AM | Christoph Kausch (Administrator)

    DBREV Scholarship for a Masters Degree in renewable & sustainable energy studies - open for applications until 30 September 2019 - More details here.

    The Doug Banks Renewable Energy Vision is a South African initiative aimed at building intellectual capital in the field of Renewable Energy by offering a Scholarship for a Masters degree in renewable & sustainable energy studies. 

    Applications can be made via the website  - www.dougbanks.co.za.

    Enquiries can be directed to this email address - info@dougbanks.co.za
  • 23/07/2019 8:00 AM | Christoph Kausch (Administrator)

    Press Release: 23.07.2019                                 

    SESSA launches awareness campaign in response to massive increase in complaints about solar installations

    Sustainable Energy Society of Southern Africa (SESSA) launches awareness campaign “Clued-up on solar”. The initiative aims to raise consumer awareness for choosing credible solar suppliers and installers. SESSA strongly urges consumers to check company’s credentials and affiliations such as SESSA membership before making a choice.

    In the past months, since Eskom’s crisis culminated in the worst load shedding in history, consumers have been embracing solar PV and solar water heating. The increased demand for these systems has seen solar companies and installers inundated with enquiries and seen many new companies and individuals appear in this market. As a result, SESSA has seen a massive increase in consumer complaints about faulty installations and substandard equipment in solar systems.

    “The number of complaints has tripled. Some days my phone doesn’t stop ringing” says Deon van Blommestein, SESSA ombudsman. “There seem to be a number of so-called professionals out there, looking to make a quick buck at the expense of the public” he concludes.

    SESSA stands for good business practices and strives to ensure that the goods and services offered by its members are of the highest quality. The SESSA Guarantee of Excellence, the Code of Conduct and the ombudsman ensure that SESSA members carry credibility and can offer their customers peace of mind.

    The Sustainable Energy Society of Southern Africa (SESSA) has been actively promoting the use and development of renewable energy and energy efficiency since 1974. The inter-disciplinary nature of SESSA attracts the membership of industry, scientists, researchers, developers and the general public. For more information and an up to date member listing visit www.sessa.org.za

  • 31/05/2019 7:19 PM | Christoph Kausch (Administrator)

    Excerpt from a media statement from National Treasury on the publication of the 2019 Carbon Tax Act:

    "The Carbon Tax Act gives effect to the polluter-pays-principle for large emitters and helps to ensure that firms and consumers take the negative adverse costs (externalities) into account in their future production, consumption and investment decisions. Firms are incentivized towards adopting cleaner technologies over the next decade and beyond.

    The carbon tax will initially only apply to scope 1 emitters in the first phase. The first phase will be from 1 June 2019 to 31 December 2022, and the second phase from 2023 to 2030.

    The design of the carbon tax also provides significant tax-free emission allowances ranging from 60 per cent to 95 per cent in this first phase. This includes a basic tax-free allowance of 60 per cent for all activities, a 10 per cent process and fugitive emissions allowance, a maximum 10 per cent allowance for companies that use carbon offsets to reduce their tax liability, a performance allowance of up to 5 per cent for companies that reduce the emissions intensity of their activities, a 5 per cent carbon budget allowance for complying with the reporting requirements and a maximum 10 per cent allowance for trade exposed sectors.

    The introduction of the carbon tax will also not have any impact on the price of electricity for the first phase.This will result in a relatively modest carbon tax rate ranging from R6 to R48 per tonneof CO2equivalent emitted, which is a relatively low tax rate to further provide current significant emitters time to transition their operations to cleaner technologies throughinvestments in energy efficiency, renewables and other low carbon measures"

  • 10/05/2019 9:25 AM | Christoph Kausch (Administrator)

    The National Energy Regulator of South Africa (Nersa) has released a consultation paper for an updated Licensing Exemption and Registration Notice for small-scale embedded generators (SSEGs).

    Stakeholders and members of the public have been invited to comment on the draft amendment to the Electricity Regulation Act, with a deadline of May 24 set for submissions.

    The notice seeks to replace the November 2017 Licensing Exemption and Registration Notice, which is widely accepted to be “flawed” and which has also caused significant market uncertainty.

    The new notice exempts various categories of SSEG plant under 1 MW from the requirement to apply for and hold a licence under the Act, including:

    • A facility that supplies electricity to a customer who is an end-use customer.
    • One operated to supply an end-use customer, or related customers by wheeling.
    • The operation of a generation facility for demonstration purposes only, whether or not the facility is connected to a transmission or distribution network.

    The notice also covers existing generation facilities, including those that filed for registration with the regulator within six months of commencement of the registration process by the regulator.

    It also covers the trading of electricity by a reseller.

  • 10/04/2019 12:29 PM | Christoph Kausch (Administrator)

    The annual SANEDI Energy Insights Publication is now available. The focus of this years publication lies on Carbon Capture and Storage, Energy Efficiency, Clean Mobility, Smart Grids and Clean Energy Solutions.

  • 06/04/2019 7:35 AM | Christoph Kausch (Administrator)

    The Small-scale Embedded Generation (SSEG) Municipality Resource Portal has recently been launched.

    The website is a resource centre housing SSEG documents and resources relevant to South African municipalities. It provides residents, business owners, municipal officials and other relevant stakeholders with guidance regarding municipal SSEG rules, regulations, tariffs and application processes.

  • 15/03/2015 12:37 PM | Christoph Kausch (Administrator)

    SESSA has launched its new website and member management system. The website will be expanded over the next weeks and months to give both the public and SESSA members added content and functionality.

    The  new member management system will allow the seamless integration of web and member content.

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