SAPVIA Networking Event: 27 July 2017 – Protea Hotel Balalaika, Johannesburg

SAPVIA held its 2nd Networking event for the year at the Protea Hotel Balalaika, in Sandton, Johannesburg, on Thursday, 27 July 2017. By all accounts, the event was well received and attended. SAPVIA’s Vice-Chair, Wido Schnabel, welcomed all present and provided an update on the Association’s recent activities. The event theme was Finance & Risk Solutions for the SA Rooftop PV Market, with presentations from Duncan Abel, Nedbank Principal: Embedded Generation Corporate and Investment Banking [Finance – Overview of funding for rooftop Solar PV Projects] and Wessel Wessels, Renewable Energy Entrepreneur [Risk – Insights into Solar PV offerings from the Insurance Industry] respectively. SAPVIA’s Programme Manager, Niveshen Govender, provided an update on the progress of our PV Green...

Announcement: SAPVIA signs partnership with EE Publishers

SAPVIA is pleased to announce that it has partnered with EE Publishers which means that Energize magazine will now be used as the “Official Journal of SAPVIA”. Through this partnership SAPVIA has also gained access to the Vector publication targeted at electrical contractors to promote the newly launched PV GreenCard programme.  As part of the agreement each SAPVIA member will receive a hard copy of this publication and will be notified via email when online publications are available for ease of use. The partnership has been structured to benefit SAPVIA members while promoting the best Solar PV has to offer in the South African market. The content submitted to ENERGIZE will include SAPVIA and its member information, success stories, features on socio-economic and enterprise development, a...

JinkoSolar’s PV Modules are 100% Sustain A Doubled IEC Anti-PID Standard

Jinko Solar is the first PV module solution vendor to guarantee the capability of double IEC 62804 anti-PID standard for all of its PV modules.

The Grid Needs a Symphony, Not a Shouting Match

RMI 12 June 2017 We Cannot Afford to Stifle Innovation by Enforcing Outdated Notions of “Baseload” Power For more detail on the topics covered in this article, readers should see Amory Lovins’ FERC comments, a recent article on Forbes, and a forthcoming article in The Electricity Journal. In April, U.S. Secretary of Energy Rick Perry announced a 60-day study on electricity market design and grid reliability, meant to assess to what extent current market designs fail to adequately compensate “baseload” (i.e., coal- and nuclear-fired) power plants. The memo commissioning the study presents as “fact” a curious claim: “baseload power is necessary to a well-functioning electric grid.” This notion has been thoroughly disproven by a diverse community of utilities, system operators, economists, an...

SAPVIA launches PV GreenCard

Secure PV installations for South Africa and a database of reliable installers The South African Photovoltaic Industry Association SAPVIA launched their new PV GreenCard in Johannesburg on Friday, 26th May. As main motivation for the programme they state the "peace of mind that your solar PV installation complies with industry and international best practice".

Solar PV industry looks to self-regulate

The South African Photovoltaic Industry Association is creating a system to ensure quality and safe solar PV installations.


The Republic of Botswana is facing a huge power supply deficit owing to diminished surplus generation capacity in the region and the growing electrical energy requirements in Botswana.  This has been compounded by the low availability of Morupule B power station. The base generation plants currently consist of Morupule “A” with an installed capacity of 132MW and Morupule “B” with 600MW. The available base generation capacity averages 260MW only from Morupule B power station since the Morupule “A” plant is undergoing refurbishment. The current peak demand stands at approximately 600MW and the supply gap is met through imports mainly from South Africa (Eskom) and some from Mozambique (EDM). The two emergency plants, Orapa 90MW and Matshelagabedi 105MW are also dispatched when the imports are...

Renewables 2017 Global Status Report Launch Events: Don’t miss out!

7 June 2017:  REN21 will release its Renewables 2017 Global Status Report, the world’s most frequently referenced report on the global renewable energy market, industry and policy landscape. Join our Thunderclap campaign to get the word out! Come to our launch event 7 June, 13:30-16:00 at the 8th Clean Energy Ministerial in Beijing, China Webinars: REN21 is also holding a series of webinars.  Please join us. 7 June: Renewables Rising: What is driving uptake? 9:00 EST / 15:00 CEST / 21:00 CST Registration 8 June: Breaking Down Silos: What does linking renewable energy, energy access and energy efficiency really look like? 9:00 EST / 15:00 CEST Registration 14 June: Status of Renewables Held in cooperation with the International Solar Energy Society (ISES) 06:00 EST / 12:00 CEST Regist...

IPP programme identified as imperative for boosting investment

Engineering News – ONLINE 22 February 2017 Eskom’s delay in signing power purchase agreements with renewable energyindependent power producers (IPPs) whose bids were approved by the Department of Energy could result in manufacturers going out of business, National Treasury warned in its 2017 Budget Review.  Read more here…

Organisation Undoing Tax Abuse (OUTA) [COMPLAINANT] and ESKOM [RESPONDENT]


Green energy saves city mall 2 200 electricity units each day

A Cape Town shopping mall is saving 2 200 units of electricity each day due to the installation of renewable energy systems. Alan Winde, Minister of Economic Opportunities today (16 February 2017) visited Bayside Mall in Table View as part of the Western Cape Government’s month-long energy efficiency awareness campaign.  Read more here…

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