Posts tagged as Solar

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 […]

High-efficiency PV panels launched

  Canadian Solar, one of the world’s largest solar power companies, launched its latest high efficiency poly modules, named Ku Modules at the recent Intersolar Europe exhibition.  This portfolio of products uses the company’s proprietary black silicon cell technology. The black silicon cell efficiency exceeds that of the current standard poly cells in the market. The new modules […]

Why wage war for a slice of SA’s electricity pie?

  It’s unfortunate that titles such as “It’s war: Nuclear versus renewables” and “Renewable energy is being crushed in the coal and nuclear grinder” are used in articles about the energy sector. I have never, in my 15 years working in the energy sector, heard the coal or nuclear industry proponents argue that renewable energy […]

Programme to ensure high quality PV installations launched

  The South African Photovoltaic Industry Association (SAPVIA), in association with Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ), BSW Solar, GreenCape, SARETEC and DGS Berlin, has developed a programme to ensure that solar photovoltaic (PV) installations are done responsibly and sustainably. It is estimated that close to 60 000 solar PV installations have been undertaken in […]

High-power multicrystalline PV panel launched

  REC has launched three new products based its TwinPeak technologies and again sets new milestones on the multicrystalline platform. The TwinPeak 2S 72 solar panel, which uses the latest technologies to achieve a power output of up to 350 W, sets a new world record in the class of multicrystalline 72-cell panels. With a […]

Supporting solar energy solutions in South Africa

  To assist in the construction of the new Ilanga solar power plant, a concentrating parabolic trough plant with a thermal energy storage system, which will form part of the Karoshoek solar thermal park located near Upington, Kwikspace Modular Buildings recently delivered three 200 m2 mobile office buildings to the project. This follows the company’s […]

Deep-cycle batteries for solar applications

  Trojan Battery has launched its new line of maintenance-free, true deep-cycle absorbent glass mat (AGM) batteries specifically designed for solar and other renewable energy applications. With its non-spillable design, the new batteries enable installers to customise the use and position of the batteries in customer applications, and are certified for non-hazardous shipping. This battery […]

Highest number of RE installations in SA

  Specialist electrical contractor, Brand Engineering, has carried out the highest number of utility-scale solar renewable energy (RE) installations in South Africa. It has become a key construction partner for RE developers, and is responsible for the generation of 360 MW of power for the Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer Procurement Programme projects and other […]