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SAPVIA Networking Event – 28 September 2017 – Protea Hotel Fire & Ice, Cape Town

SAPVIA held another of it’s popular Networking Events at the Protea Hotel Fire & Ice, in Cape Town on Thursday, 28 September 2017. By all accounts, the event was well received and attended. SAPVIA’s Programme Manager, Niveshen Govender, welcomed all present and provided an update on the Association’s recent activities. Christopher Gross, Advisor Renewable Energy, GIZ, started off the day’s proceedings with a presentation on Harmonized Solar PV Application and permitting procedures in municipalities. The second presentation of the day was led by Dr Peter Klein, Senior Researcher: Renewable Energy Technologies, CSIR Energy Centre.  He shared his perspective on “Energy storage use cases for enhancing grid flexibility in the South African context”.  One of the...

Report: Renewable Energy in sub-Saharan Africa

Renewable energy in sub-Saharan Africa


SAPVIA held its 3rd Networking event for the year at the Protea Hotel Balalaika, in Sandton, Johannesburg, on Friday, 25 November 2016. By all accounts, the event was well received and attended. SAPVIA’s Interim CEO & Vice-Chair, Mike Levington, welcomed all present and provided an update on the Association’s activities and strategy going forward. The day’s proceedings followed on with the very insightful presentation on ‘Progress on implementation of the REDZ’ by Dee Fischer, Chief Director Integrated Environmental Management Support, Department of Environmental Affairs. Dr Thembakazi Mali, Senior Manager : Renewable Energy Programme, SANEDI discussed ‘Energy Storage and South Africa’ Thank you to all who attended the event and a very special thank you to...

PV GreenCard Stakeholder Engagment Workshop: 28 October 2016

On the 28th October 2016, we held the PV GreenCard Stakeholder Engagement Workshop in Midrand, Johanensburg. The workshop was well attended with over 80 delegates.  Thank you to all who participated, and  a special thank you to our partners, BSW-Solar and GIZ, and Venue Sponsor, Solareff. We look forward to the next engagement which is due to take place early in 2017. The day’s presentations can be downloaded by clicking on the links below: pv-greencard-stakeholder-workshop_niveshen-govender saretec_sven-pietrangeli solar-pv-rooftop_mounterinstallerocccareerpathdevmodel standards-and-guidelines-for-pv-greencard-in-south-africa_bsw the-german-perspective-pv-passport_lessons-learnt Stakeholder Benefits_DeVilliers Botha

NEWSFLASH: PV Greencard Stakeholder Workshop

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. The South African Photovoltaic Industry Association (SAPVIA) – the advocate for Solar PV in South Africa – is supporting the development of mechanisms to ensure the responsible and sustainable installation and operation of roof-top PV. On 28 October 2016 a stakeholder engagement workshop is being held, the purpose of which is to provide an update on the PV GreenCard Project to all affected and interested parties, as well as to gain insight on the direction of the project from a broad range of stakeholders.  To view full details, please click here

Call for EIO: Consultant Database

SAPVIA is currently in the process of developing a Consultant Database and are looking for consultants with experience in a number of areas.   Please refer to the attached notice for specific details.  You may, as you wish, further distribute within your networks.

MINUTES OF THE MEETING between the representatives of the South African Photovoltaic Industry Association (SAPVIA) and the Department of Environmental Affairs (DEA)

The meeting took place on Tuesday, 16th August 2016.  The Minutes can be viewed by clicking here

'Project PV GreenCard' Kick-off workshop – 23 August 2016

SAPVIA in collaboration with BSW-Solar hosted the ‘Project PV GreenCard’ Kick-off workshop’ on Tuesday, 23 August 2016. The day’s discussion was centred around the following: Overview of BSW-Solar & SAPVIA MoU; Project overview & objectives; Case Study based on BSW-Solar’s experience; Overview of local experience; Stakeholder Engagement, including establishment of Project Steering Committee (PSC). To view the full Agenda, please click here. All presentations can be downloaded by clicking on the below links: Introduction and case study PV Passport in Germany Business processes behind the PV Passport Landscape of quality standards for PV installations to be considered for the PV Passport South African PV GreenCard Project Overview_Moekesti Thobela_Nivesh...


SAPVIA held its 2nd Networking event for the year at the SARETEC Auditorium, in Cape Town, on Wednesday, 27th July 2016. The event was well supported with just over 80 attendees! SAPVIA’s Chairperson, Davin Chown, welcomed all present and provided an update on the Association’s activities and strategy going forward. Corné van der Westhuizen, Project Development Manager, juwi Renewable Energies (Pty) Ltd, started the day’s proceedings with his presentation on “Grid capacity constraints and the potential for nodal pricing” which can be downloaded here. Followed by Surina Laurie, Project Manager, CSIR, who shared  insights on the Renewable Energy Development Zones (REDZ) – Grid Expansion Thank you to all who attended the event and a very special thank you to our event sponso...

Roundtable Conversation Series – Economic Development in REIPPPP Supporting sound community trusts – establishment, governance and operations

Supporting sound community trusts- establishment, governance and operations, hosted at the Industrial Development Corporation on the 23rd May 2016. Renewables projects have to comply with socio-economic development (SED) and enterprise development (ED) and also local ownership obligations. The latter requires projects to establish a legal entity representing a beneficiary community. Most projects opt to establish a community trust for this purpose. The role of this trust in the wider community engagement and development work of projects ishowever flexible. Depending on project location, beneficiary community characteristics and funder conditions, the formation and governance of these trusts tend todiffer a lot. This roundtable discussion unpacked and further explored the prerequisites of s...

Roundtable Conversation Series – Economic Development in REIPPPP

Managing Community Unrest Resulting From Political Lobbying For Municipal Elections 2016, hosted at Mainstream Renewable Power on the 26th April 2016 The purpose of this roundtable conversation was to identify risks resulting from increased tensions within the community due to upcoming municipal elections that may impact on the construction and operations activities of ipps, including the implementation of socioeconomic development (SED) and enterprise development (ED) initiatives. The discussion analyse incidents that are likely to occur and shared insights on general mitigation strategies that can be applied by individual projects. The presentations can be downloaded by clicking on the below links: Pre-election Conflict Management Renewable Power Communities Local Economic Development Ro...

SAPVIA at the Eastern Cape Sustainable Energy Forum

The Eastern Cape Government held the  EC Provincial Sustainable Energy Forum on Thursday, March 10th, in Stutterheim.  SAPVIA CEO, Moeketsi Thobela was invited to present on Possibilities for Black Industrialists.  The presentation can be downloaded here.      

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