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Press Releases from Phelan Energy Group (9 total)

Driving Down Global Costs Of Solar Energy

Increasing global energy demands have ensured that driving down the cost of producing electricity has become an imperative. Coupled with a strong push to combat climate change, worldwide people have turned to renewable energy as the solution to the current energy challenges that the world faces. But, are renewable energy solutions a realistic and affordable alternative to traditional energy supplies? Solar power developers are currently competing to break world records

What Is Solar Irradiation And How Does It Make South Africa An Excellent Locatio …

The sun emits radiation that travels to the earth. This radiation we call solar energy. The solar energy is transmitted as electromagnetic radiation of various wavelengths. Before the solar energy reaches the earth it has to travel through the earth’s atmosphere. During this time the energy transmitted is reduced by, for example, absorption, scattering and reflection mechanisms due to the content of the earth’s atmosphere, pollution, cloud cover, etc. The

Turning Back The Damage Done To The Ozone Layer

15 September 2016: The ozone layer is a deep layer in earth’s atmosphere that contains ozone which is a naturally occurring molecule containing three oxygen atoms. Not only does the ozone layer protect our planet from the Sun’s harmful ultraviolet (UV) radiation that bombards the Earth on a daily basis, but through the absorption of this radiation it helps to warm our stratosphere – ultimately supporting and sustaining life on

Rethinking Energy Supply In South Africa – Power-Gen 2016

During South African Public Enterprise Minister Lynne Brown’s address at the POWER-GEN & DistribuTECH Africa conference held at the Sandton Convention Centre in Johannesburg in June 2016, she focused her attention on the current difficulties faced in keeping the country powered. As part of her speech, she highlighted the long-term need for the Integrated Resource Plan for Electricity which would see 9.2GW of electricity being generated by wind, 8.4GW from

Power Solutions And Jobs Need To Be Top Of SA Government’s Agenda

President Zuma in his State of the Nation address on 12 February 2016 elaborated on how progress has been made to stabilize the electricity supply in the last year, which included the investment of R194 billion in the Department of Energy’s (DoE) Renewable Independent Power Producer Programme (REIPP Programme). The DoE has shown its support to developing this sector through its REIPP Programme, which has been very successful in electricity

Solar Power - Most Affordable Source Of Energy In South Africa

In the Budget Speech on 24 February 2016, the Honourable Mr Pravin Gordhan, Finance Minister of South Africa, announced that the Department of Energy’s (DoE) Independent Power Producers Procurement (IPPP) Programme will be extended to include coal and gas power projects. The IPPP Programme will be rolled out in order to replicate the successes achieved in the South African renewable energy sector. Although the replication in other sectors will allow

Solar power – green and clean energy we need in SA, says Paschal Phelan

According to Paschal Phelan, Solar Capital Chairman, renewable energy in general and solar power specifically, allows for a reduction in the reliance on fossil fuels, while also providing a far superior option in terms of protecting the environment. The environmental change sweeping our world is happening at a rate far faster than previously imagined, concluded the Global Environmental Outlook (GEO-6) study carried out by United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) this year. With

Largest Solar Farm In Southern Hemisphere Launches In De Aar

March 17, 2016 News March 2016: Today, The Honourable Ms Tina Joemat-Pettersson, Minister of Energy, inaugurated the 175MW Solar Capital facility based in De Aar, Northern Cape – making it the largest solar farm ever completed in the Southern Hemisphere, Africa and the Middle East region. This launch of the facility is the culmination of a two-phase project. The first phase has a capacity of 85MW and the second phase an

Are SA businesses doing enough to give back

Are businesses doing enough to give back to the communities in which they work? This has been a question that many South African companies have faced since Corporate Social Investment (CSI) programmes became more widespread and formalised in the country.The answers haven’t always been favourable. The findings of Anglo American’s R100m investment into education between 2010 and 2014 are a great example of how CSI programmes can be ineffective in

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