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  • MOBILE BUSINESS UNIT IS DESIGNED TO DRIVE ENTREPRENEURIAL SPIRIT IN RURAL TOWNS
    The De Aar Solar Power funded Mobile Business Unit launched in the rural town of Hanover this week, addressing the unique challenges faced by entrepreneurs and micro businesses in rural areas of our country.  The custom-designed unit, the first of its kind in the Northern Cape, provides access to business and administrative services to Hanover, Britstown, Philipstown and De Aar.   This mobile business unit forms part of a bigger initiative, the Big Shake-up Accelerator programme, a rural training programme that aims to equip women and youth participants with the basic opportunities and skills of running a business, regardless of their education level. “Considering that youth make up 32.4% and women 50.5% of the total population in the Pixley Ka Seme district, we are looking to predominantly support these marginalised groups through our enterprise development programmes,” said Hlengiwe Radebe, Economic Development Director for De Aar Solar Power. In collaboration with Angels Resource Centres, the branded mobile business unit, which is the first of its kind in the Northern Cape, offers business registrations, Central Supplier Database registrations, BEE affidavits, tax clearance, bookkeeping services and other supporting services like printing, scanning, email and photocopying. Furthermore, business advisers will travel with the unit to help entrepreneurs with business advice and mentoring, as part of the Big Shake-up Accelerator programme. In line with the country’s focus of looking to boost growth through entrepreneurship, as an alternative to formal employment, this programme seeks to create sustainable rural communities that are empowered and upwardly mobile. With statistics showing that only 15% of people over the age of twenty have a matric certificate in this region, alternatives that are suitable to this country’s unique landscape and its circumstances are required. “We are very excited about the partnership with De Aar Solar Power on the mobile unit. It certainly will make a big difference to so many entrepreneurs who often find it difficult to get to an e-Zone for their business needs,” said CEO of Angels, Lizelle Coombs. The unveiling of the unit took place on Tuesday, 5 March in Hanover.  For more details about the unit and the Big Shake-up Accelerator programme, please contact Annemarie Mostert or Eddie Kampher at Angels Resource Centres on 0861 111 950 or email angels@angelsinc.co.za. The post MOBILE BUSINESS UNIT IS DESIGNED TO DRIVE ENTREPRENEURIAL SPIRIT IN RURAL TOWNS appeared first on SAPVIA. ...
    Source: SAPVIAPublished on 2019-04-01
  • LOCAL SHOOL IS ACHIEVING GREAT RESULTS FROM READING AND SPELLING PROGRAMMES
    Wilhemina Mathabatha, is one of two reading assistants at Waterworks Primary School in Riverton, Kimberley.  She returned to this small school in 2014, where she was previously a pupil, to help young learners with their reading and spelling, a job that she says has motivated her to study towards a teaching diploma. This school has also recently received accolades for its learners’ spelling progress, in accordance with an international assessment. Children are assisted individually or in small groups, according to their ability, paying particular attention to those who struggle.  Wilhelmina works with learners across three grades, and is also responsible for implementing the Spell It’s “Learn Ready Literacy” programme aimed at helping learners to transition from the ‘learning to read’ phase into the ‘reading to learn’ phase. “Being a reading coach has motivated me to work with learners with different learning disabilities. This reading programme has boosted my confidence and is helping me to give back to my community, so much so, that I’ve become inspired to study towards a teaching qualification,” said Wilhemina. She says that the experience that she is gaining whilst she helps learners with their reading and spelling actually benefits her own academics.  “It helps me focus and encourages me to be the best teacher that I can be, whilst I get practical experience for when I qualify as a teacher. What’s great is that I am growing my learners, while I myself am growing to become a teacher,” she says with a smile. Waterworks Primary School learners were assessed towards the end of last year, through the Schonell Test, a proven international standard assessment that indicates the appropriate spelling and reading age of a learner, on an individual basis.  The results showed an improvement of 57% in the space of a year, demonstrating that over 75% of the learners are able to read at the appropriate age level, a phenomenal result. The programme is expected to continue to yield impressive results. It is not only the school that has been recognised for its learners’ achievements, but Wilhelmina too.  She received an award from the Department of Education for the best reading coach in the Northern Cape.  She compares this achievement to receiving a teaching bursary from Droogfontein Solar Power and the Department of Education, a long term goal that she has harboured since finishing school. “The Droogfontein Solar Power Reading Assistant Programme means that I have the opportunity to help the children of my community, while getting a salary for it. I believe that I am doing so well with my academics because I get to put into practice what I am studying,” she concluded. BOILER PLATE Droogfontein Solar Power benefits the communities in the vicinity of the solar farm in multiple ways, including enterprise and socio-economic development that promotes access to the economy for local people, procurement and employment opportunities that plough financial resources into the local area as well as the establishment of a local community trust. Droogfontein Solar Power spends a percentage ...
    Source: SAPVIAPublished on 2019-04-01
  • JinkoSolar: A Big Jump in Sales and Margin in 2018
    Solar module manufacturing giant JinkoSolar reported a sizeable jump in its shipments and margins in 2018. The news was revealed in the company’s 2018 financial results, published March 22. For 2018 on a consolidated basis across its business, JinkoSolar posted a module shipment of 11.4GW in 2018 — a 16 percent increase from the previous year, marking the third consecutive year with ranking top in global delivery and  a dominant market share of 12.8%. Despite a plummeted domestic demand hit by 531 policy, JinkoSolar was still seen successfully developing its business. Its profitability skyrocketed as a result of higher premium model production capacity and higher utility rate of it. JinkoSolar has begun mass production of its flagship Cheetah series last year, which mainly accounts for the increased profitability. Gross margin was 14.0% for the full year 2018, compared with 11.3% for the full year 2017. Income from operations and net income of 2018 achieved an increase of 98.2 % and 186.9% over 2017. One of the key elements fueling growth for 2018 is a continuation of robust demand for its quality products, the solid partnership with key customers, and optimized production. In spite that the Company has raised their production capacity of high end mono products with mainstream power range of up to 380watts,  its supply was still behind the market demand. In 2018, the company has increased the proportion of premium Mono products in its entire business. As for 2019, the advancement of higher efficient Cheetah will still be a focus of JinkoSolar, and is expected to further drive the sales and revenue. On the other hand, driven by new industry norm of grid parity, JinkoSolar has been a pioneer taking active part in development of the dual side module with transparent backsheet such as Swan, which will bring more changes in its product portfolio. Looking ahead to 2019, given that the demand remains high, the visibility of order is very positive according to JinkoSolar. The post JinkoSolar: A Big Jump in Sales and Margin in 2018 appeared first on SAPVIA. ...
    Source: SAPVIAPublished on 2019-03-27
  • Media Statement from Davin Chown on the IPP Renegotiations
    SAPVIA Chairperson Davin Chown provides a media statement on the recently proposed IPP renegotiations. To stimulate and grow the SA economy, these five elements are critical: predictability, consistency, lower risk and policy certainty. A simple and blanket tariff renegotiation alone does not achieve this. A one-dimensional  renegotiation does not afford the opportunity to create value for South Africa. The renewable energy power projects have proven that they provide substantive economic value for our struggling economy – they attract much needed investment,  drive down costs with their continually decreasing tariffs, create new jobs, mitigate climate change impacts and add significant economic value to local economies and communities that are struggling for survival. Extending PPAs by 10 years, to 30 years, affords South Africa and investors better long term value alongside lower tariffs. Simply renegotiating tariffs, without a comprehensive solution, may have limited short-term gain but and could dent investor confidence and potentially increase the cost of capital as financial institutions and investors price in the risk of an uncertain policy environment.  Ultimately this defeats the perceived short-term benefits of renegotiating tariffs. SA needs less risk, not more. The only way to sustainably lower power prices for South Africa is to consistently procure low cost solar and wind power through a consistent, well managed programme over an extended period. The post Media Statement from Davin Chown on the IPP Renegotiations appeared first on SAPVIA. ...
    Source: SAPVIAPublished on 2019-03-08
  • Legal report on the Municipal Legal framework applicable for small scale embedded
    Legal Report provides context into the type of conditions or procedures relating to the connection and operation of SSEG systems to provide municipalities with reasonable legal security that these systems comply with the necessary technical and legal requirements. [View PDF] The post Legal report on the Municipal Legal framework applicable for small scale embedded appeared first on SAPVIA. ...
    Source: SAPVIAPublished on 2019-03-08
  • 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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