In order to establish good working relationships with key stakeholders in terms of land allocation and permitting, SAPVIA hosted a workshop with the DoE, DEA, Birdlife SA and the Endangered Wildlife Trust (EWT) on Wednesday the 6th of April, 2011, at Aquila Game Lodge.
[restrictedarea] The aim of the workshop was to:
- Enhance the relevant parties understanding of large scale grid connected PV technology in South Africa and its effect on the surrounding environment;
- To take the relevant parties on a site visit at to view the technology and the level of impact it has on its environment first hand;
- To discuss and resolve issues the PV industry is currently experiencing with regards to subdivision and rezoning of agricultural land, as well as the Environmental Impact Assessments process;
- To help all parties reach an informed position regarding appropriate environmental practices with respect to solar PV development.