About SAPVIA

The South African Photovoltaic Industry Association (SAPVIA) is a not-for-profit body which consists of active players in South Africa’s photovoltaic market who have a genuine, invested presence in the country. The association is devoted to promoting the growth of the country’s solar photovoltaic (PV) electricity market, and aims to contribute to the country’s renewable energy roll-out.  

Why Solar?

What is Solar Photovoltaic?

Solar Photovoltaic systems generate electricity by converting sunlight directly into electricity. The Photovoltaic cell consists of one or two layers of a semi conducting material, usually silicon whi...Read More

Benefits of Solar

Environmental benefits Solar Photovoltaic (PV) as an electricity generation source is sustainable, indefinitely renewable and environmentally friendly. Long lifespan and low maintenance An added benef...Read More

How to ensure quality and safe embedded Solar Photovoltaic (PV) installations

As Solar PV in South Africa is in the process of transitioning from the utility scale market into the residential, commercial and industrial (RCI) market segments, SAPVIA is supporting the development of mechanisms to ensure the responsible and sustainable transition into these markets.

The PV GreenCard is one such mechanism being developed by SAPVIA in partnership with the German Solar Association (BSW-Solar) and the German International Cooperation (GIZ). The PV GreenCard will be a national, standardised hand-over or “as built” report for roof-top PV installations, aimed at improving the safety and quality of installations. It will provide comprehensive documentation of the PV system including information on used components and personal data of the owner, and will be a voluntary service from the installer which will serve as a guideline to both the installer and the customer on how to secure a high standard of PV system operation. The aim is for the PV GreenCard to be issued with every small-scale Solar PV installation up to 100kWp by suitable qualified installers. For more information, please visit the PV GreenCard website: https://www.pvgreencard.co.za

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