Posts tagged as Solar

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 […]

Building a solar PV farm in Africa

Solar PV project development and construction is well established internationally and particularly so in Europe and America. Africa has caught onto the wave with utility scale projects operational in Algeria, Egypt, Kenya, Mauritius, Morocco, Namibia, Reunion, Rwanda, South Africa, Tunisia and Uganda, with developments ongoing in many other countries. This article discusses the development of […]

Ten-year hybrid power deal signed

  Aggreko has signed a 10-year deal to provide solar-diesel hybrid power to Nevsun in Eritrea. The company will supply 22 MW of diesel and 7,5 MW of solar-generated power for the company’s copper and zinc operations. The company’s solar-diesel hybrid power package is said to combine cost-effectiveness and green renewable energy with the reliability of […]

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