Celebrating 20 years of success

First Solar is celebrating two decades since its founding in 1999 and 25 GW DC of photovoltaic (PV) modules shipped, making it the only American solar manufacturing company to achieve this milestone. The company achieved commercial production of its proprietary thin film module technology in 2002. Since then, it has celebrated numerous milestones, including the […]

Updated inverters and optimisers on the cards

SolarEdge is previewing a new version of its 120 kW three-phase inverter with synergy technology which is designed to enable quick and easy installation and inventory management. The company will also launch a new commercial power optimiser with two MPP trackers which connects to up to four modules. The new commercial inverter and power optimiser […]

Public utility orders 31 MW of wind power

Vestas has secured a 31 MW order from Windpark Albertshof, a subsidiary of the public utility Berliner Stadtwerke, for a wind park near Albertshof, Brandenburg. The company provides a full engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) solution, leveraging its extensive experience from turnkey projects globally. Apart from the supply and installation of the wind turbines, the […]

Solar company opens new warehouse in Cape Town

Sharp’s global reach is unparalleled when it comes to solar power. The company has been distributing panels for 60 years and its high-performance solar modules continue to exceed expectations in the industry. Segen Solar is the exclusive distributor for Sharp solar products in South Africa. The company’s warehouses in Johannesburg and Cape Town make the […]

Rooftop PV system saves money, environment

The 1 MW rooftop solar PV system which Siemens installed at its head office in Midrand a few years ago is returning good results. The company reports that the amount of electricity the company buys from the local utility has halved and that the 140 kWh battery provides sufficient power so that the onsite diesel […]

Little-known tax incentives boost business case for renewable energy

South Africa’s government, energy regulator and Eskom have often been criticised for obstructing the introduction of distributed, small-scale embedded generation (SSEG) which would help businesses to cut costs and ensure the stability of their power supply during load shedding. But, in fact, there are significant and far-sighted tax breaks put in place by National Treasury […]