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Renewable energy’s dark side

As countries expand investment in decentralised renewable energy, its worth keeping an eye on who’s profiting.

South Africa’s cities opt for clean energy

Efforts to reduce carbon emissions will hinge on the transport sector

How designing ‘green’ buildings can help to combat the climate crisis

South Africa’s buildings account for 40% of the country’s greenhouse gas emissions. But the City of Johannesburg’s new draft green buildings policy aims to change that

The solar energy market will grow if innovative business models are developed

Southern African suppliers should consider entering into partnerships with financiers to offer off-grid, hybrid and prepaid solutions to customers

Is solar power the answer to Southern Africa’s energy crisis?

Africa’s favourable weather conditions means solar energy uptake could be accelerated with a few nudges in the right direction

Renewables will light up the darkness

More than 11 800MW of new electricity capacity from independent power producers will come online in 2022, giving Eskom space to do more maintenance on its unreliable infrastructure

How to stop load-shedding, fast

COMMENT: The rapid roll-out of small-scale solar power will reduce pressure on the grid and and boost SMME sector

An emergency budget needs bold decisions, including a bigger public sector

Choosing this path would create work for many while also building the infrastructure that the country needs

It’s time for a Green New Eskom

A better future for all South Africans is possible if we pursue a swift path to renewable energy

Kicking coal can improve our water supply to all

South Africa’s dependence on the fossil fuel and burning it in power stations uses 5% of water and pollutes even more

Review: ‘Planet of the Humans’ is a mess. You should watch it

The new documentary on the future of our planet, executive produced by Michael Moore, fails on a number of fronts. But believers in green growth could still learn from it.

Scatec Solar begins another Upington project

When completed, the Upington solar power complex will provide clean energy for 120 000 households

Energy sector is the new colonial project

Renewable energy funding from the North must take local ownership and participation seriously

Be bold, Cyril, even if it’s politically risky

He must end the Mantashe problem and execute his strategy rather than keep the ANC onside

Renewables not a silver bullet for inequality

COMMENT We talk as if building wind, solar and other sources of limitless, clean energy will redistribute wealth and drive social justice globally. We see...

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