SAPVIA is governed by a board of nine commissioners and a Chairperson elected democratically on an annual basis by its members at the Annual General Meeting. From its rank the management board elects the Vice-Chairperson, Treasurer and Spokesperson.
SAPVIA’s secretariat comprises of the Membership Services Coordinator, Administrative Officer and Programme Manager.
As Canadian Solar’s Head of Strategic Alliances & Business Development for the Middle East and Africa, Wido’s driving factor is his passion for the renewable energy sector - especially Solar PV. Born in Namibia, the country with the second best solar values, he is a real driver for the Solar PV industry.
As South Africa is the sunshine country blessed with the biggest resource of nature, he believes it should be used to its fullest potential. With his phrase “Africa will jump the Grid !” Wido plans to open a market for the real distributed generation solution to electrify Africa.
Wido’s other passion lies in education and skills development and he also serves on the board of the German International School in Cape Town and has experience with negotiations and lobby work at government level.
Wido has studied Business Administration and Computer Science in Munich, Germany and has worked in the IT industry for over twenty years, for companies such as Nixdorf Computers, Novell, Microsoft in Europe and Candor Technology in South Africa. In 2009 Wido moved into the renewable energy field with his own company Candor Renewables, doing Waste to Energy Solutions and biogas, and then moving on to Schott Solar. After Schott Solar, Wido moved onto his current position at Canadian Solar.
Vuyo is the Co-Portfolio Manager of the IDEAS Fund, and is responsible for overseeing AIIM’s activities within the SADC region. Vuyo joined AIIM in 2003 and has been involved in the management of AIIM’s funds for over a decade, responsible for originating, analysing and implementing investments for these funds.
Vuyo was initially involved in the build-up of the South Africa Infrastructure Fund’s (“SAIF”) holdings in South African toll roads, including additional stakes in Trans African Concessions, N3 Toll Concession and Bakwena Platinum Corridor Concessionaire. In addition, Vuyo was involved in the early refinancing of the toll road assets. Vuyo also played a leading role in the AIIM Funds’ pioneer investment outside South Africa, the Lekki Concession Company. More recently, Vuyo led the AIIM funds’ investment the 350MW Cenpower IPP near Tema in Ghana as well as the AIIM Funds’ investment in the 67MW Umoya Energy wind farm in South Africa. Vuyo is currently a director of Umoya Energy and Cenpower Generation Company Limited and is also a Trustee of the Africa Infrastructure Developers Association (AFiDA). Prior to joining AIIM, Vuyo was an investment analyst and strategist in the Research and Investment Management team at ipac South Africa, an investment management and consulting company within the Brait Group. Vuyo holds a B.Com Honours degree from the University of Cape Town, an M.Sc from the University of Oxford and an MBA from IESE Business School.
Richard holds a PhD in Physics. He has worked in the renewable energy sector since 2013 andjoined juwi Renewable Energies in 2019. Richard has more than three decades of experience with eight years in the renewable energy sector.
He has set up 3E’s country office in South Africa, has implemented the first private PPA in South Africa with Avelar and bid and has won and closed a 11MW tender for a PPA for all of Coca Cola’s manufacturing sites in South Africa while at Mulilo. Richard is an Advisory Board Member for African Utility Week, Power and Energy Africa and is a non-executive board member at UJInvest, the commercialization agency for the University of Johannesburg. As the Head of Sales in South Africa, Richard is focused on delivering maximum market penetration of existing products, growing distributed generation solutions, consolidating customer loyalty and ensuring value for clients and partners.
Rainer NowakLegal Advisor
Dr. Rainer Nowak is a director in the Corporate Practice Group at Webber Wentzel Attorneys. He has been a member of the Management Board of the South African Photovoltaic Industry Association since 2011.
Having completed his studies at the University of Heidelberg in Germany and at the University of Stellenbosch in South Africa, he commenced his professional career at the Frankfurt offices of Clifford Chance. He relocated to South Africa in 2001, taking up a position in the corporate department of another prominent South African law firm, before joining Webber Wentzel in 2006.
Specialising in foreign investment into South Africa, Dr. Nowak's practice has included a strong focus on the renewable energy sector in South Africa almost since its inception. He has advised a range of clients in renewable energy projects in South Africa, Namibia and Kenya. His clients include prominent international project developers, sponsors, financiers, contractors and component suppliers. Dr. Nowak has closely followed, and advised on, the current IPP Procurement Programme, and is an expert on the framework applicable to renewable energy projects in South Africa.
Chanda has been at the forefront of the renewable energy industry in South Africa since its inception in 2009, bringing global experience to several GW of projects throughout the lifecycle. In joining the Management Board, she would not only use her South African experience, but leverage knowledge gained on pan-African and global projects.
As a Board member Chanda would bring significant experience from her time working with global associations including Solar Power Europe, BWEA, AWEA and EWEA/WindEurope. As a technical consultant her hope is to be able to contribute a view across the industry and lifecycle of projects and companies to support SAPVIA to grow and develop as an organisation. She is keen to not only participate in the working committees but to get involved in organising events and conferences which can add value to members.
Boitumelo KiepileBoard Member
Boitumleo holds a Bcom (Honours) in Economics from the University of Pretoria with 10 years’ experience in regulatory and policy matters in the financial and banking industry; telecommunications and energy sectors.
Formerly a Senior Economist at the National Treasury; Economic and Financial Analyst at the Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (ICASA); and Senior Analyst in the Electricity Pricing and Tariffs Department at National Energy Regulator of South Africa (NERSA). In October 2010, he was a founding member of IMPETUS Regulatory Consultants. As an independent consultant, Boitumelo has been involved in a project for the development of the inaugural Strategic Plan for the Swaziland Energy Regulatory Authority. He was involved in the development of a tool for the review of the strategic plan and setting up the structure to enable management to track and plot progress of future strategic plans. In his capacity as Regulatory Consultant, he has performed the following functions: analysis of the electricity industry; identifying Projects relevant for the Regulator; benchmarking the Regulator against internationally best practice; and provided advice on regulatory strategy and approach. He has also presented courses in economic regulation, tariff design, and cost-reflective tariffs to the Regional Electricity Regulators Association of Southern Africa Training for Regulatory Practitioners. Currently, Boitumelo holds the position of Head of Regulatory Affairs at a global renewable energy company based in Johannesburg. He serves as a Member of the Management Board of the South African Photovoltaic Industry Association (SAPVIA), and has served as Chairperson of the Policy & Markets Working Group of the South Africa Wind Energy Association (SAWEA).
Jo-Anne DeanBoard Member
Jo Dean (B Eng. Mech Plant Process, B Eng. Env & Sus, Carbon Reduction Specialist). Trained and qualified in both SA and Illinois, her roots remain African.
18 years’ experience in design and construction of process and flow control plants in the Mining Sector. In 2000, inspired by Attenborough; Bloomberg; Ban Ki Moon and, Figueres and her Intrinsic need to make a difference to the world she joined the Chamber of Commerce overseeing government relationships and LED development, while furthering her studies in environmental engineering, specialising in waste, water and energy disciplines coupled to Carbon Reduction Project Development (Illinois and GHG Protocol). Armed with “practical knowledge” the once “wannabe activist” evolved into a strategist in developing carbon reduction projects in the waste and energy spaces She is currently driving 518 RE MW project development mainly in South Africa and the SADC.
Her belief: “the rationale underlying the nascent endeavour of a green economy for developing countries, is that the market SHOULD become the vehicle for tackling the environmental crises of climate change, and that Africa can and will make a quantum leap as opposed to the “trapped” Annex 1 world powers that cannot due to their historical industrial choices made.”
Dr Kittessa RoroBoard Member
Kittessa received his PhD (2009) from the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University and subsequently spent several years working as a post-doctoral researcher first for the University of Pretoria and then later in the CSIR-National Laser Centre.
He was a project coordinator for the solar research, development and innovation (RDI) roadmap for South Africa a study commissioned by the department of science & Technology.
In 2015 Kittessa joined the newly established Integrated Energy Centre of the CSIR where he led a number of initiatives of the Energy Centre, including the establishment of CSIR’s solar PV Research Lab which comprises an Outdoor PV testing facility and in-door quality and reliability lab, defining the research agenda of the solar research group, support to the South African government on solar energy research, development and innovation roadmap development as well as supporting the growing PV industry in South Africa.
He is presently Research Group Leader for the Energy Supply Group. Kittessa sits on several international and national conference committee and working groups. He is reviewer of all major Physics, Material Science and Renewable Energy journals, for several funding agencies, and is an active member of various professional organizations. He has established and developed a working relationship locally and internationally with leading institutions such as NREL (USA), CSIRO (Australia), SERIS (Singapore), JRC (European Commission), ZSW (Germany). Kittessa has authored about 30 research papers, delivered presentations in various local and international conferences, runs several international collaborations, and is presently supervisor of 10 post graduate students.
Simon HawBoard Member
Simon holds a MSc. Civil and Environmental Engineering- Environmental Fluid Mechanics and Hydrology from Stanford University, Stanford, CA as well as a BSc. Civil Engineering, from University of Cape Town, Cape Town, South Africa.
His vast experience includes having co-authored the initial constitution of SAPVIA and helped form and set it up. Aurora Power Solutions was a founding member of the Industry Association.
In June 2008, Simon co-founded Aurora Power Solutions (APS) with his brother Chris Haw. Their mandate was to develop large-scale renewable energy projects in South Africa. The company was started as a consultancy focused on advising large mining houses on energy efficiency and alternate generation possibilities in a power constrained environment. The company has since focused on the project development of large scale utility solar projects.
To date his experience at Aurora Power Solutions includes the approval and award of 260 MW of utility PV projects with a total value of approximately ZAR 4 billion. 100 MW of these project are currently operational and the remainder approved and going through a financial close project. In 2017 APS started to pivot the learnings from the financing of large utility projects to focus on financing private sector/ consumer projects. APS currently works in conjunction with its sister company Sola Future Energy as a vertically integrated group.
Sola Future Energy is an Engineering Procurement and Construction (EPC) company. He founded Sola Future in the 2013 along with similar co-founders to Aurora Power Solutions. Sola Future focuses on construction of turnkey solar & battery assets for private commercial and industrial clients. The company has completed approximately 45 large projects totalling circa 20 MW. Significant projects include a mini grid project for the iconic Robben Island that combines solar PV, batteries and diesel generators. The company currently employs approximately 40 people.
Simon also worked as the Market Development Manager at SOLFOCUS INC CA USA, from 2006-2008. His role at SolFocus centered on Project Management in new markets where the company was looking to commercial role out of new solar concentrator product developed in Silicon Valley California. His experience included project managing the entire procurement and installation of test sites in California close to the company Head Quarters and subsequently the larger installation of product in Puertollano Spain where the power was fed into the national grid to capture the Spanish Feed in Tariff.
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