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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.

Adjustment to RE IPP contingent liabilities in the Budget Review welcomed by SAPVIA

SAPVIA MEDIA STATEMENT For immediate release. SAPVIA welcomes the work done by Treasury over the last few months around the recalculation of the contingent liabilities attributed to renewable energy IPPs which has been misrepresented to the public by Eskom. The renewable energy industry has engaged with Treasury officials over the last few months on this matter and we are pleased with the adjustment in the statistical tables of the Budget review. We also note with interest the upward adjustment of Eskom’s exposure over the same period.   R millions 2013 / 14 2014 / 15 2015 / 16 2016 / 17 2017 /18 2018 / 19 2019 / 20 Guarantees for Eskom 2016 Budget 125 125 149 944 168 539 190 064 204 932 215 373 2017 Budget 125 125 149 944 174 586 216 199 242 984 264 843 283 542 Guarantees for IPPs 2016 Bu...

PRESS STATEMENT: Bold leadership on renewables sends strong message to investors – SAPVIA

SAPVIA MEDIA STATEMENT For immediate release. Bold leadership on renewables sends strong message to investors – SAPVIA The announcement that Eskom will sign the outstanding Power Purchase Agreements in the Renewable Energy IPP Programme (REIPPP) sends a strong message to investors that the renewable energy industry is very much open for business. We now hope that Eskom heeds the President’s commitment to finalise these agreements and the Minister moves ahead with the announcement of the expedited round. This is the view of the South African Photovoltaic Industry Association (SAPVIA) who represents more than 170 players in the renewable energy sector. “It is reassuring to know that government remains committed to working together with the private sector to attract investment and drive...

PRESS STATEMENT: SA PV INDUSTRY ASSOCIATION WELCOMES THE RECOGNITION OF THE SUCCESS OF THE RENEWABLE ENERGY IPP PROCUREMENT PROGRAMME (REIPPP) BY DEPUTY PRESIDENT CYRIL RAMAPHOSA

PRESS STATEMENT: SA PV INDUSTRY ASSOCIATION WELCOMES THE RECOGNITION OF THE SUCCESS OF THE RENEWABLE ENERGY IPP PROCUREMENT PROGRAMME (REIPPP) BY DEPUTY PRESIDENT CYRIL RAMAPHOSA SAPVIA welcomes the recognition of the success of the Renewable Energy IPP Procurement Programme (REIPPP) by Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa at WEF 2016 in Davos yesterday and of the potential contribution that the private sector can play in bringing price and cost efficiencies into South Africa’s electricity supply industry. We believe that the innovation shown by the RE sector is one that will assist in bringing tangible socio-economic benefits to South African residential, commercial and industrial users going forward.  SAPVIA will highlight many of those good news stories and innovative ideas to Governm...

SAPVIA COMMENTS ON THE INTEGRATED RESOURCE PLAN 2016-3

PRESS STATEMENT: SA PV Industry Association WELCOMES IRP AND IEP RELEASE; URGES GOVERNMENT TO MOVE FORWARD WITH RENEWABLES IMPLEMENTATION SAPVIA (The South African Photovoltaic Industry Association) welcomes the release of the 2016 update of the long-awaited Integrated Resource Plan (IRP). The updated IRP will give all South Africans the opportunity to interrogate the choices and cost assumptions used by the IRP planners to reach their conclusions regarding technology choices. The allocation of 17 600 MW for Solar PV in the 2016 IRP update is a step in the right direction, but falls short of the immense potential South Africa has to offer in this sector. Independent modelling, based on up-to-date figures from South Africa’s REIPPPP bidding rounds confirm that renewables are the best policy...

SEGENSOLAR (PTY) LTD EXPAND TO OPEN IN CAPE TOWN, SOUTH AFRICA

SegenSolar Pty successfully launched in South Africa in February 2016  and are currently operating an office and warehouse in Johannesburg supplying a select range of quality, proven Solar PV products for PV off–grid, grid tied, hybrid, back-up and storage solutions. The company is a wholly owned subsidiary of Segen Ltd the UK’s largest wholesale distributor of quality Solar PV products.  Segen Ltd has been in operation since 2005 and currently employs over 65 highly skilled members of staff in its businesses in the UK, Germany and South Africa. SegenSolar (Pty) Ltd has introduced customers to its groundbreaking, reliable, and easy to use on-line trade portal that the company has developed and refined over many years. This unique online portal allows trading customers to design a Solar PV ...

SAPVIA Media Statement: Private sector investment in solar PV faces risks

SAPVIA Media Statement For release: 21 July 2016 Private sector investment in solar PV faces risks “South Africa’s energy mix is expected to shift considerably towards renewables over the next two decades”. That is according to Eskom’s Chairperson, Dr. Ben Ngubane, quoted in the state-owned utility’s media statement released recently of its annual results presentation. The Department of Energy, in a recently published Expression of Interest (EoI), has announced its intention to establish a 1500MW solar power park in the Northern Cape, which is envisaged will be co-owned by the public and private sectors. This points to a general trend towards an increased role for renewable energy in South Africa’s energy mix. From SAPVIA’s perspective, this should be in the context of a policy environment...

SAPVIA and German Solar Association (BSW-Solar) formalise cooperation

SAPVIA and German Solar Association (BSW-Solar) formalise cooperation The South African Photovoltaic Industry Association (SAPVIA) and German Solar Association (Bundesverband Solarwirtschaft e.V. or BSW-Solar) have agreed to cooperate on a number of critical initiatives that are required to support the development of the nascent roof-top PV market segment in South Africa. Click here to view full statement.  

PV Renting – an Innovative Financing Tool for Solar Power

17 May 2016 PV Renting – an Innovative Financing Tool for Solar Power Inauguration of the first maxx PV renting photovoltaic systems in Cape Town The lack of financing options is one of the main obstacles to the implementation of small-scale photovoltaic systems in South Africa. PV renting is an innovative financing option which allows schools, guest houses, public bodies, small and medium sized companies and many others to benefit from cheap, green solar power. Thanks to the dena Renewable Energy Solutions Programme, maxx-solar energy PTY Ltd. is able to set up two PV renting pilot projects in Cape Town, a 20 kWp system at the Grimley School in Hout Bay and a 14 kWp system at the Atlantic Gold Guest House in Camps Bay. Klaus Heidorn, Consul and Deputy Chief of Mission of the Consulate Gen...

SAPVIA media statement – RE contributes positively to electricity supply economic development

Renewable energy contributes positively to electricity supply, economic development SAPVIA has read with concern a recent media report[1], attributed to Eskom’s CEO Brian Molefe, about the performance of renewable energy plants in South Africa. If the statements as reported are an accurate representation of the views of the CEO and his advisors, SAPVIA finds those views ill-informed at best, and misleading at worst.  To view the complete statement, click here .

INTERSOLAR AND EES ON COURSE FOR GROWTH AROUND THE WORLD

Intersolar Europe and ees Europe Munich, June 22–24, 2016 INTERSOLAR AND EES ON COURSE FOR GROWTH AROUND THE WORLD Positive global market development boosts success Munich, March 15, 2016 – Intersolar is sending a positive message to the industry – solar energy generation around the world is on the rise. Around 329 billion US dollars were invested in renewable energies last year, according to Bloomberg New Energy Finance. This represents a considerable increase of 4% from the previous year, and even stands 3% higher than the previous record achieved in 2011. Furthermore, after a difficult few years, growth returned to Europe’s photovoltaics (PV) market in 2015. This means that Intersolar Europe, too, can report positive figures for 2016. The world’s leading exhibition for the solar industr...

GERMAN-INDIAN SOLAR PARTNERSHIP ACCELERATES INDIA’S EXPANSION PLANS

Intersolar India Mumbai, November 18–20, 2015 GERMAN-INDIAN SOLAR PARTNERSHIP ACCELERATES INDIA’S EXPANSION PLANS In the run up to Intersolar India, the new German-Indian solar partnership stimulates the plans of the government and industry Mumbai/Pforzheim/Freiburg, 22. October 2015: The Indian government is considering a further expansion of its already ambitious energy goals: plans are currently in place for an additional 100 GW (gigawatts) of photovoltaic output by 2022. It is expected that photovoltaic systems with a total output of approximately 2.5 GW will be newly installed this year. That is twice as much compared to 2014. An additional 4-6 GW is expected for 2016. This would put India in fourth place on the list of top solar markets worldwide. The ambitious goals of the Indian Pr...

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