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  • 21/05/2020 9:07 AM | Christoph Kausch

    Registration is now open for the new ISES webinar "Floating Solar Photovoltaics" in collaboration with Global Solar Council (GSC). The webinar will be on Thursday 28th May at 2 PM GMT. You can register and find out more information about the webinar here: http://ow.ly/8EW850zLnX2


  • 19/05/2020 8:30 AM | Christoph Kausch

    The National Energy Regulator of South Africa (NERSA) has approved Eskom’s request to recover R13.3 billion as part of the power utility’s regulatory clearing account (RCA) application for the 2018/19 year.

    The NERSA media statement can be found here.

  • 14/05/2020 5:00 PM | Christoph Kausch

    SOLTRAIN Student Funding for Solar Thermal Projects - Application for 2020 now open.

    Students from all SOLTRAIN partner countries (Botswana, Lesotho, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa, Zimbabwe) are invited to apply for funding. All postgraduate studies that deal with topics of solar thermal energy are eligible for funding. 

    CLOSING DATE: 19 June 2020

    More information under: https://soltrain.org.za/bursary/

  • 17/04/2020 11:30 AM | Christoph Kausch

    SESSA is pleased to announce that we have been invited to join the South African United Business Council (SAUBC) and have accepted this invitation.

  • 16/04/2020 4:13 PM | Christoph Kausch

    Despite the severe impacts on the renewable energy industry, as on many other industries, especially entering the second phase of lockdown, SESSA supports the lockdown imposed by the Presidency and the measures imposed to maximise its effects.

  • 31/01/2020 4:04 PM | Christoph Kausch

    SESSA has responded to the Request for Information (RFI) issued by the Department of Mineral Resources and Energy (DMRE) in respect of a risk mitigation power procurement programme (RMPPP).

    The request also makes provision for demand side management projects and SESSA has submitted a proposal centering around reducing electricty consumption and load through a combination of energy efficiency interventions (e.g. lighting, appliances) and solar water heating focusing primarily on the residential sector.

  • 17/12/2019 8:00 AM | Christoph Kausch

    The Department of Mineral Resources and Energy commits to develop adequate generation capacity to meet electricity demand. This is an urgent and immediate task to ensure economic growth. As part of efforts to ensure security of electricity supply for the country, the Minister has considered short and medium-term interventions to both the electricity and energy challenges facing the country. These include, among others:

    §  Publication of the Request For Information. The lead time for generation projects under normal circumstances is anything from 36 months onwards. The RFI will enable the Department to have a sense of immediate generation options available (3 to 12 months) to help fill the short-term gap. This will then enable the Department to design an appropriate intervention in the immediate term.

    §  Promulgate Section 34 determinations

    §  IPPs to bring Window 4 capacity on stream earlier

    §  Drive for the use of LPG gas

    The electricity regulator, NERSA, will be met to conclude on matters of concurrence so it can assist the Ministry respond to the challenges. Despite these immediate interventions, the Integrated Resource Plan 2019 is the blueprint that sets a clear path for security of energy supply and electricity for the country. It dictates that South Africa will continue to pursue a diversified energy mix.

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

    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

    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

    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

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