How to ensure quality and safe embedded solar photovoltaic (PV) installations

July 11th, 2017, Published in Articles: EE Publishers, Articles: Energize


As solar PV in South Africa is in the process of transitioning from the utility-scale market into the residential, commercial and industrial (RCI) market segments, the South African Photovoltaic Industry Association (SAPVIA) is supporting the development of mechanisms to ensure the responsible and sustainable transition into these markets.

The PV GreenCard is one such mechanism being developed by SAPVIA in partnership with the German Solar Association (BSW-Solar) and the German International Cooperation (GIZ).

The PV GreenCard will be a national, standardised hand-over or “as built” report for roof-top PV installations, aimed at improving the safety and quality of installations.

It will provide comprehensive documentation of the PV system including information on used components and personal data of the owner, and will be a voluntary service from the installer which will serve as a guideline to both the installer and the customer on how to secure a high standard of PV system operation.

The aim is for the PV GreenCard to be issued with every small-scale solar PV installation up to 100 kWp by suitable qualified installers.

For more information, please visit the PV GreenCard website:

Send your comments to


Related Articles

  • World’s largest solar-power water plant
  • Adopt renewable-as-baseload strategy
  • Large wind-power order won
  • Uzbekistan awards first PPP for utility-scale solar project
  • IPv6 for automatic circuit reclosers