How to ensure quality solar PV installations

May 3rd, 2018, Published in Articles: Vector

As solar PV technology in South Africa transitions from the utility scale market into the residential, commercial and industrial (RCI) segments, the South African Photovoltaic Industry Association (SAPVIA) is supporting the development of mechanisms to ensure responsible and sustainable transition into these markets.

The PV GreenCard is one such mechanism developed by SAPVIA in partnership with the German Solar Association (BSW-Solar) and the German International Cooperation (GIZ). The PV GreenCard is a national, standardised hand-over or “as built” report for roof-top PV installations. It is aimed at improving the safety and quality of installations and provides comprehensive documentation of the PV system, including information on used components and personal data of the owner. It is a voluntary service from the installer which serves as a guideline to both the installer and the customer on how to secure a high standard of PV system operation. The aim is for the PV GreenCard to be issued with every small-scale solar PV installation up to 100 kWp by qualified installers. For more information, visit the PV GreenCard website at

Contact Kim Thomas, SAPVIA, Tel 021 200-5856,

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