Managing and operating solar assets: Five key considerations

PV was supposed to be like any other energy source: You invest in the infrastructure and then it pretty much runs itself from thereon. But US solar asset owners have found that is not the case. The landscape for PV operations keeps changing. This article discusses five trends which could have a material impact on […]

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 […]

Locally made inverters for new solar farms

RWW Engineering, a South African manufacturer of electrical equipment for industry and utilities, has been appointed the South African manufacturer of inverters for Spanish company Green Power Technologies. The inverters will be used at three 75 MW solar PV farms which are being built as part of Round 4 of South Africa’s Renewable Energy Independent […]

Choice of PV backsheet material affects module life

DuPont Photovoltaic and Advanced Materials’ (DuPont’s) 2019 Global Field Reliability Study shows that the choice of backsheet material used on PV modules can result in significant degradation and negatively impact solar module performance. The report lays out failures with PET, polyamide and PVDF backsheets and issues with glass-on-glass modules. The report also highlights trends in […]

Integrating renewable energy sources into smart grids – Part one

There is global momentum to diversify electricity generation sources for economic, environmental and security reasons. Distributed generation (DG) enables more companies to enter the electricity market stimulating competition, encourages the development of renewable energy (RE) and limits the impact of events such as cyber attacks. However, conventional electricity distribution networks are poorly matched to the […]