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  • SAREC AND THE RENEWABLE ENERGY COMMUNITY WELCOMES THE APPOINTMENT OF MINISTER GWEDE MANTASHE AND HIS DEPUTY MINISTER BAVELILE HLONGWA TO THE NEWLY COMBINED DEPARTMENT OF MINERAL RESOURCES AND ENERGY
    The South African Renewable Energy Council (SAREC) and all its associate members congratulates the newly appointed Minister Mantashe and Deputy Minister Hlongwa to the combined Department of Minerals Resources and Energy. SAREC wishes to reaffirm its commitment to building the renewable energy sector in South Africa and that its member associations recognize that the industry needs to play a more constructive role in meeting the energy challenges. 31 May SAREC Press Release [PDF] ...
    Source: SAPVIAPublished on 2019-06-03
  • SAPVIA welcomes the appointment of Minister Gwede Mantashe in the combined portfolio of Mineral Resources and Energy
    SAPVIA (the South African Photovoltaic Industry Association) would like to congratulate Minister Gwede Mantashe on his appointment as Minister of Mineral Resources and Energy. The appointment comes at a crucial time in the energy space with growing calls from citizens for policy certainty and direction that will meet South Africa’s growing energy demands. The mineral resource and energy sectors have been at the core of our gross domestic product (GDP) contribution for some time. A continued commitment by government to stimulate the growth of renewable energy will therefore provide the competitive edge our country needs to attract foreign direct investment and create jobs. Procurement of renewable energy in South Africa has also yielded positive results. Well over 62 projects that were installed and successfully commissioned under the Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer Programme (REIPPPP) have added 3,776 MW of power generation capacity to the national grid with R20,6 billion spent on socio-economic development. The sector also consists of small-scale power generators of 1-10MW that play a significant role in supplementing energy supply from the national grid by providing mini-grid services both in metropolitan and rural communities where power distribution is a challenge. On the global front, reliance on coal as a power source continues to diminish as countries that have signed clean energy accords and committed themselves towards reducing carbon dioxide emissions are facing mounting scrutiny. South Africa as one of these countries has an opportunity to cease the moment and respond to the challenge of global warming by placing an even greater reliance on renewables. Minister Gwede Mantashe can therefore rest assured that SAPVIA as a leading industry association will continue to facilitate meaningful public private partnerships geared towards helping South Africa attain its sustainable energy growth targets. ...
    Source: SAPVIAPublished on 2019-05-30
  • EXTRA HELP IN MATHS IS NEEDED AT A YOUNG AGE TO ENSURE MASTERY
    May 2019, De Aar, Northern Cape It may be common knowledge that South African learners are amongst the world’s lowest performers when it comes to maths and that as learners move through the senior phase of Grades 7 to 9, and mathematical operations become more abstract and complex, areas of weakness result in devastating dropout rates.  This scenario, however, doesn’t seem to daunt a young maths coach, Leo-Patrick Mackay, who believes that learners are bright enough and have the potential to attain the necessary levels of aptitude, with a bit of extra one-on-one help. Leo-Patrick took up the role of Maths Assistant at Kareeville Primary School in De Aar last year to work with Grade 6 learners, of which there are four classes of around 36 children each.  He explains that the large classes mean that teachers aren’t able to give the necessary time and attention required by the children who have fallen behind.  This is a vicious cycle as neither the learners nor the teachers are able to catch up. This is where the De Aar Solar Power’s Numeracy Programme and specifically, Leo-Patrick comes in.  He has been trained to help these children who aren’t able to keep up, by working with small groups but mostly individually, so that he has the opportunity to really make a difference and improve the learner’s fundamental understanding of maths. His job may seem overwhelming to some, but he is passionate and dedicated, looking to the improvement in the learners to provide him with motivation and fulfilment. He believes in the impact that he is making and is truly inspired by having a purpose in life.   “I didn’t know how much I would love being a maths coach until I started working with the children. The look on the children’s faces when they get their test results and they have made huge improvement, is the best feeling because I can see how proud they are of themselves,” says Leo-Patrick. Kareeville Primary School has also implemented the Maths Clubs to further help learners as well as getting parents involved. “This as a great way to rally parental support and help improve support for the children at home; and our biggest uptake is when we run Maths Clubs competition, where we find the parents get the most involved,” added Leo-Patrick. It is not only the learners at Kareeville Primary that are benefiting, but Leo-Patrick himself, who has gained a lot of self-confidence through being a Maths Coach. “I’m making a difference and this has brought about respect from within my community; even children from my neighbourhood, now come to me for help with their Maths homework,” he says. De Aar Solar Power’s Numeracy Programme has been implemented in partnership with the Northern Cape Department of Education. The programme addresses key issues relating to foundation phase numeracy, which is supported by trained maths assistants as well as school maths clubs. “Maths is such an important subject as it forms an important foundation for a child’s education ...
    Source: SAPVIAPublished on 2019-05-28
  • Court date set for Cape Metro’s bid to buy power directly from IPPs
    The City of Cape Town on Tuesday welcomed the high court in Pretoria setting a date for its petition to buy electricity directly from independent power producers (IPPs). The City wants the Energy Minister and the National Energy Regulator of South Africa (Nersa) to allow it to purchase power from IPPs. Under the current regime, the national power utility Eskom buys power from IPPs which is then sold on. The City argues it would help reduce greenhouse-gas emissions and mitigate against the electricity supply shortage given Eskom’s operational and financial woes. “The City maintains that it will be vital for the national government to open up the electricity generation environment if cities are to be able to reduce carbon emissions and if the security of power supply is to be achieved,” the metro said in a statement. If successful, it would set a precedent for other metros who want to do the same. “This is not just a Cape Town fight. As a city, we encourage all other metros, being the growth engines of our country, to join us and to actively participate in constructive responses to mitigate the impact of the electricity supply shortage in the commercial sector especially.” The matter will be heard on June 18. SOURCE: https://www.engineeringnews.co.za ...
    Source: SAPVIAPublished on 2019-05-28
  • Great strides for renewable energy with Green Bonds
    Good news for the SA renewable energy sector as investors acquire bonds on the Johannesburg Stock Exchange (JSE) Green Bonds segment. Recently, Nedbank listed a Renewable Energy Bond on the bourse and made history by becoming the first bank in South Africa to offer such an instrument to investors. Launched in October 2018, the JSE’s Green Bond segment provides an excellent platform for investors to acquire green securities and also enable companies to accumulate funds for their low-carbon initiatives. Investment Banking Principal at Nedbank, Arvana Singh explains that the green nature of the asset provides investors with an opportunity to invest in an asset which would positively affect the environment thus ticking the Environmental factor in the Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) screen that investors are beginning to employ when undertaking investment decisions increasingly. On April 24, the bond’s auction opened much to investors’ high anticipation. According to Head of Debt Capital Market Origination at Nedbank CIB, Bruce Stewart, the bonds were ‘significantly oversubscribed,’ which he states is a demonstration of healthy investor appetite for good-quality environmental, social and governance-focused assets. SAPVIA is excited to see the development of new innovative solutions in the renewable energy financing sector and more so being aligned with the Sustainable Development Goals. ‘Such a substantial over-subscription shows the investor appetite for all things sustainable,’ says SAPVIA Programme Manager Officer, Niveshen Govender. ‘Renewable Energy and Solar PV specifically has long been identified as the low hanging fruit for the low carbon/climate change agenda,’ he adds. With a market capitalisation of R5.1 billion, the JSE currently lists three bonds in its Green Bonds segment. ‘We believe there is significant potential for growth in South Africa and on the continent,’ says The Director of Capital Markets at the JSE, Donna Nemer. She states that they were pleased to have been the vehicle of choice for the bank as responsible investments have become a business priority for many organisations across the globe. The Nedbank Renewable Energy Bond was created as per International Capital Market Association Green Bond Principles and the Climate Bonds Standard. ‘This Renewable Energy Bond builds on our well-established experience in the renewables sector and allows us to extend our support of clean energy provision in South Africa through an innovative, sustainable development goals-focused capital market solution,’ said Stewart. He further revealed that the bank put R1.7 billion in bonds. In any case, offers worth R5.5 billion were received from an assorted spread of financial investors. With Renewable Energy Bond, the sector has access to new sources of liquidity through the capital markets. ‘This enables banks as intermediaries to access funding from both domestic and international capital market investors, which banks can utilise to on-lend to renewable energy projects, says Singh. SAPVIA concurs. The investment into renewable energy projects will bolster confidence into the sector and thereby increase participation in the space. ‘Increased participation equals new skills, new jobs and a growing economy,’ adds Govender. Recently, Nedbank underwent a process of aligning its commercial activities with ...
    Source: SAPVIAPublished on 2019-05-24
  • New Cape Town Solar Regulations
    Grid-tied and Off-Grid systems must be registered Avoid grid disconnection - ensure your customer is registered before February 2019By law, all small-scale embedded generation (SSEG) systems must be authorised by the City of Cape Town. The purpose of registering is: To protect the household from electrical fires and electrical shock To minimise risk to electricity staff working on the grid To maintain power quality and load management Given that there are many systems installed already, the City of Cape Town has allowed a grace period up to 28 February 2019 to register SSEG connections, as home and business owners may not have been aware of the registration prerequisite. The City is actively marketing the requirement. Once home and business owners have registered their system, they have six months in which to prove compliance and receive written authorisation from the City. After the grace period, unauthorised SSEG connections will be disconnected at a fee. Grid supply to the home or business will be disconnected and will only be reconnected once the City is satisfied that the SSEG system is either disconnected, decommissioned or authorised and that the service fee has been paid. Home and business owners that took advantage of the grace period to register the PV Systems will be allowed to continue operating their system. Should a system then be found to be non-compliant during the registration and authorisation process, the system will need to be disconnected until such time as it is compliant and the owner has received written authorisation from the city. Both grid-tied and off-grid systems must be registered. Source: businesstech.co.za How to register a PV system with the City of Cape Town Step 1: Download, complete and submit the Application for the Connection of Small-Scale Embedded Generation (GEN/EMB) form and the Application for a New or Modified Electricity Supply Service form. These forms require technical information which the installer should have handy to assist the home or business owner with. The owner should then email the completed application forms to the listed email addresses only.Step 2: The City will then assess the owner’s registration for authorisation. Step 3: After all relevant information has been provided, the City will issue a “Permission to Install” Letter, allowing the owner to have the proposed system installed. No photovoltaic (PV) generating equipment are allowed to be installed until this letter has been issued.Step 4: After the system has been installed and tested your customer will need to submit the following three documents to the City: SSEG Installation Commissioning Report (found in Appendix 1 of the “Application for the Connection of SSEG form), signed by an Engineering Council of South Africa (ECSA)-registered electrical professional Final copy of the circuit diagram Electrical installation Certificate of Compliance (CoC). Step 5: The City will contact the owner to arrange an appointment to sign the Supplemental Contract for Embedded Generation. A Commissioning Approval Letter will then be issued within ten working days. ...
    Source: SegenSolar Portal NewsPublished on 2018-07-31
  • Solar Capacity in South Africa
    With just over 1 450 MW of current solar capacity, opportunities are abundant SA’s National Development Plan calls for the procurement of at least 9 600 MW of solar power by 2030Of the total target of 20 000 MW of renewable energy to be generated by 2030, 5 000 MW of Solar PV will be operational by 2019 and 2 000 MW by 2020. The energy generation infrastructure development plan, developed in 2010, has set a target of achieving 9 600MW of solar power capacity by 2030. The recently signed 27 IPP projects will generate a total of 2,305MW, illustrating the untapped potential that lies ahead. Added to the overwhelming potential, the continuous decline of solar PV prices affirms the prediction that within 10 years, solar energy will become the most cost effective and cheapest form of electricity generation in most parts of the world. Source: www.engineeringnews.co.za R12bn Foreign Investment in SA Renewable Development International players have recognised the opportunity that renewable energy holds in South Africa. Our country is viewed as a very lucrative investment destination as is evident in the recent signing of a R12bn deal with Redstone and ACWA‚ a Saudi Arabian energy company‚ and the Central Energy Fund for renewable for development in this sector. This forms part of President Cyril Ramaphosa’s aim to attract $100-billion of investment in the next five years. Source: www.timeslive.co.za ...
    Source: SegenSolar Portal NewsPublished on 2018-07-24
  • Commercial sector sees PV as a low-risk investment that yields significant rewards
    The property sector is taking advantage of the benefits of Solar PV With increasing electricity concerns, efficiency is essential for South African businesses to remain profitableMore and more property owners see the obvious benefits of installing solar PV, such as the South African Corporate Real Estate that plans to invest around than R30-million in rooftop solar in the near future. The profile of energy use by malls is very similar to the daily production profile of solar PV, making the argument for solar PV installation more attractive for this sector, as can be seen in the more than 100 solar plants currently installed at malls across the country. A growing number of shopping mall owners in South Africa are either investing, or considering, solar PV energy as part of their future development. A major advantage is that, by installing solar PV, property owners can protect their future income by containing costs related to utility power supply and this is promoted as an added benefit to current and future tenants. Next to the United States, South Africa has the highest density of shopping malls in the world, and so the opportunity for solar PV in this sector is huge. Source: www.engineeringnews.co.za SegenSolar Commercial Packages - ideal for mall installations With many cost effective Commercial Packages on offer, SegenSolar offers our installers a wide range of solutions suitable for commercial rooftop Installations. Our packages comprise the world’s top inverter brands such as Huawei, SMA, SolarEdge and ABB, and tier 1 modules including Canadian Solar and JA Solar, providing a high quality, bankable option for property owners looking for a great return on their investment. Speak to your Account Manager today for more information. ...
    Source: SegenSolar Portal NewsPublished on 2018-06-28
  • BYD offers wide range of configurations for on-grid and off-grid applications!
    Extensive compatibility options available with BYD lithium ion batteries Top-tier inverter brands covered in latest configuration listBYD, winner of the “Top Brand PV Seal 2018” for energy storage, offers installers its widest range of configurations for on-grid and off-grid solar PV storage applications. The latest compatibility list includes single-phase and 3-phase on-grid and off-grid options for all our top inverter manufacturers including SMA, Goodwe and Victron. Segensolar supplies a range of BYD-compatible energy storage options for both grid back-up and off-grid packages. Bespoke site-specific systems can also be ordered using our Design A PV System tool, and all orders will be reviewed by our technical department to ensure compatibility is in line with the manufacturer’s requirements. For customers with existing systems, BYD now offers a purpose-made Data Cable which allows updating of firmware should your system change or be upgraded at some stage in the future. All necessary installation manuals are available under the documents tab on the product page on our portal, and our technical team will assist with the provision of firmware on request. Why choose Lithium Ion? Lithium-ion is regularly chosen as an alternative to lead-acid batteries. Reasons include: Lighter weight Higher efficiency Greater depth of discharge Higher cycle life Better maintained voltage during the discharge cycle Lower lifetime costs Lower impact on the environment Longer warranty available In most cases, it is expected that the lifetime cost of a lithium ion battery would be less than half that of a lead-acid battery bank of equivalent capacity. When comparing options, the usable storage capacity and the power required are critical technical aspects, but the customer's budget for the project is also likely to have an impact on the battery option selected. To aid with your selection, contact our technical support team who can provide information of the benefits of each option. ...
    Source: SegenSolar Portal NewsPublished on 2018-06-26
  • New-look REIPPPP Bid Window to boost local economy
    R40 to R50 billion investment for South Africa New round of projects will enhance local manufacturing to ensure economic growthThe previous Renewable Energy Independent Power Producers Procurement Programme (REIPPPP) secured investments of $10.8 billion into the renewables sector. Added to this, the recent signing of the IPP agreements secured a further R56 billion into 27 new projects. The new Bid Window 5’s key focus areas are: Local manufacturing. Black independent power producers. Women-owned business. Special opportunities for the youth. Minister Jeff Radebe commented that if the socio-economic and enterprise development spend is directed in a more coordinated way then - taking into account the different needs of the communities where the projects are deployed - measuring the impact of the program will be easier achieved. Source: www.sanews.gov.za MLT - Local, trusted power solutions Being both based in South Africa and supporting South African manufacturers such as MLT, SegenSolar is in a unique position to offer unmatched local support and services to our customers. MLT’s strong research and development focus results in market-leading innovation and unique, reliable products which are ideally suited to African conditions. ...
    Source: SegenSolar Portal NewsPublished on 2018-06-21
  • DoE, together with NERSA, to repeal and amend the Exemption Notice
    Registering projects with NERSA - what has changed? Renaming the notice, and who should register with the regulatorThe proposed SSEG rules related to licensing and registration of projects were published for public comment by the National Energy Regulator (NERSA) on its website on 26 April. On 21 May, the draft rules were withdrawn until the Department of Energy gazetted a revised notice on this. On 8 June the new notice was published. The changes relate to renaming the notice and to determine that any generation facility within the scope of the schedule must register with the regulator. ‘Exemption from Obligation to Apply for and Hold a Licence’, is an annexure to the notice and the changes relate to: The number sequencing, Exemption of back-up and stand-by generation facilities from licencing and registration The regulation of the relationship between reseller and licenced distributor. SAPVIA have engaged the DoE and NERSA and have considered their discussions to be positive and future-thinking for the best of the industry. Source: www.sapvia.co.za Public participation: How to submit your comments Comments on the Draft Licencing Exemption and Registration Notice and/or the annexed Schedule can be submitted to: SAPVIA at kim@sapvia.co.za by 02 July 2018. The Director General, Department of Energy, Private Bag X96, Pretoria, 0001; Matimba House 192 Visagie street, Pretoria or email: joseph.maraba@energy.gov.za (for the attention Chief Directorate: Electricity Policy). You will need to provide the name, telephone number, fax number and email address of the person or organisation submitting the comment within 30 days from the publication date of 8 June 2018. ...
    Source: SegenSolar Portal NewsPublished on 2018-06-14
  • MLT now compatible with Pylontech for off-grid applications!
    Updated Pylontech compatibility now includes Oasis and Nomad in off-grid mode MLT-Pylon packages now available with our SegenSolar Assured serviceFollowing a period of extensive and detailed testing, SegenSolar is proud to announce that MLT has now been added to the latest Pylontech compatibility list. This update permits the use of our popular Pylontech US2000B lithium ion batteries with the 48V versions of the Oasis inverter and the Nomad charge controller for off-grid applications. SegenSolar has created 3 MLT-Pylon packages which are ideally suited to the most popular off-grid system sizes: 4kW MLT Oasis with Nomad charge controller and 2 x 2.4kWh Pylon batteries 4kW MLT Oasis with Nomad charge controller and 4 x 2.4kWh Pylon batteries 6kW MLT Oasis with Nomad charge controller and 5 x 2.4kWh Pylon batteries All packages are equipped with accessories including battery cabinet, battery cables, and battery disconnect, and all packages come with our free SegenSolar Assured pre-commissioning service. Choose Pylontech for reliable, affordable lithium ion storage Pylontech, founded in October 2009, is a pioneer for LFP (lithium ion phosphate) batteries deployed in energy storage systems and electric vehicles. Pylontech has also become the first company to receive certification from TUV Rheinland that its lithium battery storage devices are suitable for use in Germany, having been awarded the VDE-AR-E 2510-50 certificate at an awards ceremony earlier this year. In addition to MLT, Pylontech batteries are also compatible with Victron, Goodwe and Omnipower inverters. They are an ideal alternative to lead-acid batteries, coming with a warranty of up to 10 years, and in almost all cases working out cheaper over the lifetime of the system. Contact your technical support advisor for more information. ...
    Source: SegenSolar Portal NewsPublished on 2018-06-12
  • South Africa to get its first solar-powered desalination plant
    Desalination – another first for solar power in SA Innovative design uses adaptability of solar PV to solve water crisisSouth Africa is set to commission its first solar-powered desalination plant at the end of October 2018 in the Western Cape. The plant will be located in Witsand on the coast midway between Cape Town and George and is intended to help this drought-stricken village with the provision of 100kl of fresh water per day. The desalination plant is planned to feature an intelligent system of membranes that will enable it to work even with the expected variations in solar power availability. This design is to ensure the best performance and lifetime of the installation and the membranes. The project is co-funded by the Western Cape government through the drought relief fund, and by the French Treasury through a green technology fund. It is also planned for the plant to have the ability to connect to the local electricity grid in order to supply drinking water outside of sunlight hours, and to increase production during busy holiday periods to a daily volume of approximately 300kl. This project has helped demonstrate the versatility of solar PV to planners, developers, installers and users of the technology in South Africa, and is likely to be the first of many such initiatives in the country.Source Choose Canadian Solar Dymond panels for harsh environments Canadian Solar‘s Dymond module is a 60 cell double-glass module with an extended power output warranty. By replacing the traditional polymer backsheet with heat-strengthened glass, the Dymond module has a lower annual power degradation than a traditional module and better protection against the elements, making it more reliable and durable during its lifetime. This is an ideal option for harsh environments where components need to withstand salt corrosion. Explore our full range here. ...
    Source: SegenSolar Portal NewsPublished on 2018-06-05
  • Solar energy provides economic growth
    National Development Plan Stipulates The Procurement Of At Least 20 000MW Of Renewable Electricity By 2030 REIPPPP has already created around 35 000 jobs Policy implementation is tripping up the Solar PV growth that all South Africans can gain from, from investors to entrepreneurs and businesses, big and small. Eskom’s original refusal to sign the recently approved 27 renewable energy IPP agreements has created uncertainty, where they should have rather been investing time and money in the industry for collective improvement instead of trying to halt growth. South Africa’s National Development Plan calls for the procurement of at least 20 000MW of renewable electricity by 2030 and the decommissioning of 11 000MW of old coal-fired power stations. Taking into account the existing renewable energy IPPs that are either operational or under construction, as well as the 27 new renewable energy projects, at least 100 000 full-time jobs would have been created through the current private renewable energy projects alone.Source NERSA Withdraws Small-Scale Embedded Generation Rules Draft NERSA announced it’s withdrawal of the proposed rules to administer the registration of Small-Scale Embedded Generation (SSEG) below one megawatt. The proposed SSEG rules were published for public comment by the National Energy Regulator (NERSA) on its website on 26 April. NERSA’s executive manager for electricity regulation, Mbulelo Ncetezo, said that the draft rules have been withdrawn until the Department of Energy gazettes a revised notice on this. With many aspects needing clarity, the withdrawal will give all involved time to ensure readiness to implement the regulations. Public comments made on NERSA’s website show consumers are not necessarily opposing regulation, but just require more clarity, although it does seem clear that consumers do not want the proposals to add a further tax on to them. Read more >> ...
    Source: SegenSolar Portal NewsPublished on 2018-05-31
  • ‘Reserving battery capacity’ – A New Feature For Goodwe Hybrid Inverters!
    Goodwe improvements make it an even better choice for hybrid storage systems New ‘SOC Protect’ function allows you to reserve power to suit your needsGoodwe has released an updated version of its user app which now provides the option of reserving battery capacity to a specified level. The new function is called “SOC Protect”, where the battery stops discharging to a discharge depth set by the user when in on-grid mode. This ensures that a minimum battery capacity is always available in the event of a power failure. In order to have access to this option, users simply need to follow these 3 steps: 1. Download, or update to, the latest PV Master app 2. Turn on “SOC Protect” under advanced settings 3. Set the “Discharge Depth” to the required percentage level SegenSolar has successfully tested this latest functionality with BYD and Pylontech lithium ion batteries. For further info, speak to our technical support team. Ensure safe disconnection of your Goodwe storage system Jean Muller has developed the KETO fuse-switch disconnector range which allows the use of a range of fuse sizes from 40A to 250A fuses – an ideal solution to protect your Goodwe hybrid storage system. Features of the Keto include: High safety Excellent value Compatible with Segensolar’s range of lithium ion batteries Certified to DIN EN 60947-3 Made in Germany Jean Muller fuse-switch-disconnectors are available to order now, and come as standard with our Goodwe Segensolar Assured packages. ...
    Source: SegenSolar Portal NewsPublished on 2018-05-29

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