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

September 28, 2017

SAPVIA programme manager Niveshen Govender is the first person from Africa to be a 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 […]

Independent power producers to decide on power purchase agreements

September 12, 2017

Preferred bidders selected in rounds 3,5 and four 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 […]

SAPVIA welcomes announcement of the date of signing PPAs

September 4, 2017

The South Africa Photovoltaic Industry Association (SAPVIA) welcomes the announcement by the Minister of Energy, Mmamoloko Kubayi, that the outstanding power purchase agreements (PPAs) for Round 3,5 and 4 will be signed on 28 October 2017. This will bring much-needed investment, secure current jobs and manufacturing investments in the sector, and create new jobs and opportunities […]

SAPVIA Green Economy subcommittee

August 24, 2017

The first five years of SAPVIA’s existence has focused on the embedding of solar PV into the fabric of South Africa’s electricity sector, ostensibly through the Renewable Energy IPP Procurement (REIPPP) process. SAPVIA started in 2010 with six founding members, all who were solar PV development companies, however, in the intervening six years, the association […]

SAPVIA signs partnership with EE Publishers

July 28, 2017

SAPVIA is pleased to announce that it has partnered with EE Publishers which means that Energize magazine will now be used as the official journal of SAPVIA. Through this partnership SAPVIA has also gained access to the Vector publication targeted at electrical contractors to promote the newly launched PV GreenCard programme. As part of the agreement each […]

Solar just became safer with SAPVIA’s PV GreenCard

June 1, 2017

Installing a rooftop solar photovoltaic (PV) system was for many years considered an expensive luxury but this is no longer the case. Drastic reductions in the cost of solar panels coupled with rising electricity tariffs and uncertainty of supply have made solar PV increasingly attractive to both residential and commercial energy users. Although solar PV […]

Planning South Africa’s energy future

May 11, 2017

In the often emotionally charged debate around South Africa’s energy future, we need to ensure that decisions are made according to a predictable, rational, and informed energy planning process. This is critical if we are to give effect to a range of policies destined to shape our developmental economy and at the same time ensure […]

Keep energy affordable by using the least-cost approach in the IRP

March 30, 2017

The public participation period for the update to the Integrated Resource Plan (IRP) 2016 Update for Electricity came to a close on 31 March 2017. The IRP serves as a roadmap for South Africa’s energy planning future and will decide how much nuclear, coal, and renewable energy is included in South Africa’s future energy mix. […]

Bold leadership on renewables sends strong message to investors

February 9, 2017

The announcement that Eskom will sign the remaining/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 heed’s the President’s commitment to finalise these agreements and the Minister moves ahead with the […]