University’s solar PV installation operational

May 12th, 2014, Published in Articles: Energize


suncy-039-06-2014The Potchefstroom campus  of the North West University (NWU) has installed a grid-tied PV solar installation system comprising of 5 x 3 kW panels which feed directly into the engineering faculty’s grid. In addition, a 1 x 3 kW island system was installed close to the main entrance of the faculty to recharge the batteries of three electric scooters and an electric bicycle used as transport on the campus. This system was installed as a partnership project between German company Sunfarming and local company Suncybernetics to provide practical and theoretical training opportunities for those interested in PV solar systems. The Solar Training Centre of South Africa is supported by the German Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety and is financed by NWU, Sunfarming and KfW. Suncybernetics has already trained over 120 candidates using a generic training module and the NWU’s PV installation as the practical example to demonstrate the preparation, planning, project execution, installation techniques and commissioning of PV-plant installations on different roof areas.

Contact Lee-Ann Murphy, Suncybernetics, Tel 018 297-5908,

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