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SAPVIA welcomes today’s signing of PPAs

[Download PDF] The South Africa Photovoltaic Industry Association (SAPVIA) welcomes the signing of the PPAs today.  SAPVIA Chairperson Mr Davin Chown says “It has been a long drawn out process to prove to South Africa, investors and the entire energy community that renewables have their place and role to play in a rationally decided energy mix.” The signing of these PPAs will indeed boost and revitalize long-term investor confidence, both local and international investment and more specifically job creation and retention in this market. R58 billion of investment, more than 61 000 jobs and 2 305MW of energy added to the mix is only the beginning of what this industry can achieve. Chown emphasises “Renewables has been able to upskill South Africans, develop a new set of skills for the future...

Media Statement by Minister Jeff Radebe, Minister of Energy on the Independent Power Producer Programmes 8 March 2018

The Minister of Energy, Mr Jeff Radebe, announced in parliament on Thursday, 08 March 2018,  that the project agreements of the 27 Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer Projects (REIPPP), including the power purchase agreements with Eskom, will be signed on Tuesday, 13 March 2018 with the full support of the President and his Cabinet colleagues the Ministers of Finance and Public Enterprises as well as Eskom. Click here to view the full statement.

JinkoSolar Interviewed by CNN as Global Leader in Solar

Shanghai, China January 28th, 2018 – JinkoSolar Holding Co., Ltd. (“JinkoSolar” or the “Company”) (NYSE:JKS), a global leader in the Photovoltaic (PV) industry, today announced that it participated in an exclusive interview with Cable News Network (CNN) as part of the network’s Marketplace: Middle East program. Marketplace: Middle East is a special program at CNN focused on business developments in the Middle East reason. JinkoSolar was featured on an episode dedicated of the program to Abu Dhabi Sustainability Week. Through this coverage, JinkoSolar’s contributions to the solar industry and involvement in the milestone 1177 MW Sweihan Abu Dhabi PV project were broadcasted to a viewership of 340 million households across the world. The program sought to highlight th...

Schletter Group: Solar Power for German University in Jordan

Kirchdorf, 19 December, 2017. Since November, the German Jordanian University in Madaba, south of the capital Amman, has been producing its own solar power. The 2.11 MW PV plant was installed on Schletter Group roof and carport systems. The project was commissioned by the Jordanian project developer FB Group. “Projects with universities are always particularly interesting,” Adnan Daqa, Sales Manager of the Schletter Group for the Middle East, says. “The installations are not only used for energy generation, but, as in this case they are also integrated into the training of students, to which we are happy to make a contribution.” During the project with the German Jordanian University (GJU), engineering students were, for instance, given technical training on the pro...

SAPVIA Press Statement: SAPVIA launches bold 5-Point Plan for solar industrialization at Energy Indaba

07 December 2017 SAPVIA launches bold 5-Point Plan for solar industrialization at Energy Indaba The South African Photovoltaic Industry Association (SAPVIA) has announced a bold 5- Point Plan for the solar PV industry to drive industrialisation, create jobs, and contribute to economic growth. Speaking today at the Energy Indaba held at Gallagher Estate in Midrand, SAPVIA Chairperson, Davin Chown, said that solar energy is an untapped resource and can be utilised in ways that can deliver economic benefits across the depth and breadth of our country. “South Africa boasts an abundance of solar energy and is regarded as having some of the best solar resources globally all year round. It is an underexploited and underutilized indigenous resource with significant carbon reduction, water saving a...

SAPVIA Media Statement: SAPVIA representative is first African to be elected to Global Solar Council Board

28 September 2017 SAPVIA Programme Manager, Niveshen Govender, is the first African representative on the board of the Global Solar Council. Govender was elected to serve as a Director on the Global Solar Council Board at the AGM held in Las Vegas. “This is great honour for me personally, but more importantly it is a fantastic opportunity to show the rest of the world what we have to offer. South Africa remains and important gateway into the rest of Africa and this is particularly true when it comes to solar,” says Govender. Global Solar Council is international organization formed at Paris during the COP 21 Climate Dialogue and represents solar industry from major countries such as USA, France, China, Spain, Italy, Mexico, Brazil, Israel and Middle East countries like UAE and Saudi Arabia...

SAPVIA Media Statement: Independent Power Producers to decide on Power Purchase Agreements

11 September 2017 Preferred Bidders selected in Rounds 3.5 and 4 of the Renewable Energy Independent Power Producers Programme (REIPPP) will need to consider the various legal, financial, and credit risk implications on their projects resulting from the Minister of Energy’s recommendations in her statement of 1 September 2017, before they are able to sign outstanding Power Purchase Agreements (PPAs) with Eskom. Energy Minister Mmamoloko Kubayi announced earlier this month that she would sign the PPAs relating to 26 large-scale renewable energy projects on the 28th October. The signing would however be subject to the IPPs and the DoE coming to an accord on various issues around price and the management of community trusts. The Minister has recommended a price ceiling of 77c/kWh for all bids...

Media Statement: SAPVIA welcomes the announcement that PPAs will be signed on 28 October 2017

1 September 2017: The South African Photovoltaic Industry Association (SAPVIA) welcomes the announcement by the Minister of Energy, Ms Mmamoloko Kubayi, made today that the RE IPP Programme will move forward and the outstanding PPA’s for Round 3.5 and 4 will be signed on the 28th of October 2017. This will bring much needed investment, secure current jobs and manufacturing investments in the sector, and create new jobs and opportunities for communities surrounding these projects. By confirming dates for the financial close of the Round 3.5 and Round 4 projects, Government is sending out a signal that indeed, as President Zuma stated last week “South Africa is open for business”. The delays in the programme have endangered long term investor confidence, investment and more specifically job ...

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...

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