Posts tagged as Solar

A “just” transition to a lower-carbon economy

Despite knowing that both coal mines and coal-fires power stations have a finite life, it speaks to poor planning and the poor implementation of policy in South Africa that nothing has been done to address what comes after or to deal with the need to transition to a lower-carbon economy. Misinformation in statements published by […]

New solar plants now powering whole of Northern Cape

With yet another renewable energy (RE) project completed on time and on budget, one has to wonder why the Departments of Energy (DoE) and Public Enterprises (DPE) tolerate Eskom’s continued refusal to sign additional power producer agreements. This especially since the latest REIPPP energy price bids that Eskom refuse to sign are so much lower […]

Another South African solar thermal plant completed

  Abengoa has completed Xina Solar One, its third solar thermal plant in South Africa. Xina, a 100 MW plant, uses parabolic trough technology to generate renewable power from the sun. It also features a thermal energy storage system using molten salts which can store sufficient energy for a further 5,5 hours supply, thereby assisting […]

Hybrid energy solutions a global focus for sub-Sarahan Africa

  Having recently returned from the Africa Energy Forum 2017 in Copenhagen, I was amazed at how much momentum there is internationally in the support of renewable energy. There was clearly no shortage of talking points for the approximately 2500 delegates, and it seems clear that independent power producers (IPPs) who were part of the […]

Energize appointed official journal for SA solar industry

  The South African Solar Voltaic Industry Association (SAPVIA) has appointed Energize as its official journal. In a letter to the association’s members, Niveshen Govender, SAPVIA’s programme manager, says that Energize provides content which is relevant to SAPVIA and its members, as well as to the renewable energy sector of Southern Africa. The partnership was established to benefit SAPVIA […]

Guide on installing solar PV systems released

  The South African Photovoltaic Industry Association (SAPVIA), in its ongoing support for and encouragement of solar PV installations and as part of its PV Greencard initiative, has released a comprehensive guide on how to install a solar PV system. The booklet, in PDF format, can be downloaded by clicking here. The guidelines explain the […]

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

  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 […]

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