25/02/2013 - 09:29

FROM a small office in Canberra, billions of dollars worth of wind turbines are being proposed for large slabs of land across the world.

The office is quiet. Several people tap away at their keyboards. A number of the staff are graduates from ACT universities. In a room off to the side are a set of computers 250 times faster than a standard laptop.

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18/02/2013 - 18:18

Wind energy holds the promise of cheap, reliable power and an opportunity to address the poverty that bedevils South Africa’s farming communities.

Poverty and inequality are at the heart of the unrest that recently convulsed the winelands. Political shenanigans may have contributed to it, but there should be agreement across the political spectrum that rural poverty constitutes a national crisis and a grave injustice.

08/02/2013 - 09:20

A new analysis from research firm Bloomberg New Energy Finance has concluded that electricity from unsubsidised renewable energy is already cheaper than electricity from new-build coal and gas-fired power stations in Australia.

The modeling from the BNEF team in Sydney found that new wind farms could supply electricity at a cost of $80/MWh –compared with $143/MWh for new build coal, and $116/MWh for new build gas-fired generation.

30/11/2012 - 22:36

South Africa has the capacity to draw 20% of its energy requirements from renewable sources such as wind and the sun, substantially alleviating the current pressure on the national grid and bringing electricity to a wider audience.

In a nutshell, the renewable energy sector couples with mining as the most vital industries for bringing economic development, financial reward and job creation to rural South Africa.