Enel Green Power grows South Africa's solar sector
Follow @AfricaBizReview on Twitter.
Enel Green Power (EGP) has just announced that it will begin construction of three solar PV plants with immediate effect in a move that will provide the South African solar sector with a much needed shot in the arm.
EGP is an Italian renewable energy provider that has a notable presence in Europe and the Americas; the company has over 700 plants globally and also specialises in renewable energy governance.
The plants will have a combined capacity of 231MW and will be installed in the Northern Cape, Western Cape and Limpopo Provinces; in Aurora, Tom Burke and Paleisheuwel. Energy generated by the solar plants will be sold to the South Africa’s national grid utility ESKOM.
ABR ON SA’S ENERGY SECTOR:
The PV plant at Aurora in the Northern Cape Province will generate annually nearly 170 GWh of solar energy, which is enough to power roughly 53,000 South African homes. The Paleisheuwel PV plant in the Western Cape Province, will generate more than 153 GWh of solar power per year, powering nearly 48,000 households. The Tom Burke plant, located in the Limpopo Province, will be able to generate up to 122 GWh per year.
The contracts were awarded by EGP in the third phase of the Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer Procurement Programme (REIPPPP) tender held by the South African government in 2013. This strategy aims to supplement the South African government target of 10,000 GWh worth of renewable energy by tasking the private sector with providing 3,725 GWh
This contribution by EGP is solid proof that multinational companies have nothing to fear when it comes to investing in South Africa, even when it comes to its ailing energy sector; it proves that this much needed utility can be equitable.
GfK and VMware: Innovating together on hybrid cloud
GfK has been the global leader in data and analytics for more than 85 years, supplying its clients with optimised decision inputs.
In its capacity as a strategic and technical partner, VMware has been walking GfK along its digital transformation path for over a decade.
“We are a demanding and singularly dynamic customer, which is why a close partnership with VMware is integral to the success of everyone involved,” said Joerg Hesselink, Global Head of Infrastructure, GfK IT Services.
Four years ago, the Nuremberg-based researcher expanded its on-premises infrastructure by introducing VMware vRealize Automation. In doing so, it laid a solid foundation, resulting in a self-service hybrid-cloud environment.
By expanding on the basis of VMware Cloud on AWS and VMware Cloud Foundation with vRealize Cloud Management, GfK has given itself a secure infrastructure and reliable operations by efficiently operating processes, policies, people and tools in both private and public cloud environments.
One important step for GfK involved migrating from multiple cloud providers to just a single one. The team chose VMware.
“VMware is the market leader for on-premises virtualisation and hybrid-cloud solutions, so it was only logical to tackle the next project for the future together,” says Hesselink.
Migration to the VMware-based environment was integrated into existing hardware simply and smoothly in April 2020. Going forward, GfK’s new hybrid cloud model will establish a harmonised core system complete with VMware Cloud on AWS, VMware Cloud Foundation with vRealize Cloud Management and a volume rising from an initial 500 VMs to a total of 4,000 VMs.
“We are modernising, protecting and scaling our applications with the world’s leading hybrid cloud solution: VMware Cloud on AWS, following VMware on Google Cloud Platform,” adds Hesselink.
The hybrid cloud-based infrastructure also empowers GfK to respond to new and future projects with astonishing agility: Resources can now be shifted quickly and easily from the private to the public cloud – without modifying the nature of interaction with the environment.
The gfknewron project is a good example – the company’s latest AI-powered product is based exclusively on public cloud technology. The consistency guaranteed by VMware Cloud on AWS eases the burden on both regular staff and the IT team. Better still, since the teams are already familiar with the VMware environment, the learning curve for upskilling is short.
One very important factor for the GfK was that VMware Cloud on AWS constituted an investment in future-proof technology that will stay relevant.
“The new cloud-based infrastructure comprising VMware Cloud on AWS and VMware Cloud Foundation forges a successful link between on-premises and cloud-based solutions,” says Hesselink. “That in turn enables GfK to efficiently develop its own modern applications and solutions.
“In market research, everything is data-driven. So, we need the best technological basis to efficiently process large volumes of data and consistently distill them into logical insights that genuinely benefit the client.
“We transform data and information into actionable knowledge that serves as a sustainable driver of business growth. VMware Cloud on AWS is an investment in a platform that helps us be well prepared for whatever the future may hold.”