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NOS’s Photoflow: Rainwater Harvesting Joins Solar Power

This type of innovative technology that solves power generation issues and well as water issues in an eco-friendly way, is exactly what the world needs. Solar panels coupled with a rainwater harvesting surface and water tanks make the Photoflow ideal for urban and rural areas alike. NOS’s Photoflow: Rainwater Harvesting Joins Solar Power Developing countries […]

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Solar energy to become cheaper than Eskom electricity in South Africa

While solar energy was currently cheaper than energy derived from diesel plants and generators that were often used as a substitute to conventional coal-fired power, it remained more expensive than coal-fired electricity generation. “This scenario is set to change,” said energy management consultancy firm PPA Energy South Africa executive director Graeme Chown.

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Five breakthroughs that will make solar power cheaper than coal

There was some good news last week. While Washington was busy holding the global markets hostage and placing billions in badly needed R&D funding on the chopping block, a new report from REN21 (the Renewable Energy Network for the 21st Century) showed that global investments in renewable energy jumped 32 percent to a record $211 billion, […]

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Why Farmers are Clean Tech Pioneers

When it comes to adopting new technologies, particularly solar, farmers and owners of agriculture-related operations have often led the way. Farmers make good pioneering cleantech users for several reasons: They have a lot of space to deploy first-gen technology, particularly for equipment that’s heavy and bulky; they’re heavy energy users who seek ways to reduce […]

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Backyard Wind Turbines Cut Home Electricity Bills

Solar panels aren’t the only option for homeowners when it comes to using renewable energy to cut power bills. Sales of wind turbines for backyards and rooftops are growing strong. There’s been major growth in the last ten years with more than 10,000 wind turbine units sold in 2009 compared to 2,100 units in 2001. […]

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Greening our Cities (Part 2)

Studies estimate that 1 square metre of grassed rooftop can remove up to 2kg of polluted particles from the air every year, depending on the foliage type. By definition a green roof can be: A layer of living vegetation that is installed on the top of a conventional flat or sloping roof; An extension of […]

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Northern Cape solar resources among the best in the world

The 5 000 MW solar park, which government is planning to build near Upington in the sun-drenched Northern Cape, would have some of the best solar resources in the world, the Stellenbosch University said on Friday. The long-term average direct normal irradiation (DNI) at the site was calculated to be 2 816 kWh/m2 a year […]

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Nedbank launches pilot project to convert burst geysers to solar geysers

Banking giant Nedbank’s insurance division, Nedgroup Insurance, has launched a pilot project allowing its home-owner clients to install solar geysers as replacements when existing geysers burst or malfunction. Nedgroup said the project would assist its clients in reducing their electricity consumption and thus their household running costs, while also easing the burden on the national […]

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Renewable energy a priority for the military

Access to clean, renewable energy is becoming a priority for the Department of Defense and military agencies around the world. That’s according to a new report by Pike Research. The report says renewable energy is a driving force behind increasing the efficiency of military operations and a means of improving energy independence. The new research […]

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