There are several steps to follow when planning to power your home with solar energy. Every situation is different, and what is best for your property depends on a wide range of factors. With financing being a major stumbling block for clients, it is also important to point out that the initial upfront costs are the only significant expense associated with solar systems. After installation, maintenance costs are relatively moderate. Following the conclusion on a solar solution best for your home or business, determining the appropriate finance choice is pivotal. SAPVIA discusses with financer and SAPVIA member, Standard Bank their solar power finance solutions on offer for clients looking at purchasing Solar PV assets across all segments. ‘We are capable of covering the complete system costs. This depends largely on the solution required and the risk parameters that we establish for the transaction,’ explains Head of Medical and Natural Resources – Vehicle and Asset Finance at Standard Bank, Deerosh Maharaj. This ranges from utility-scale projects to home installations. The range of financial solutions will depend on the size and application of the installation. Solutions range from project finance for the largest and most complex projects to home loans and unsecured products for clients in the personal markets. Maharaj explains that there is a range of finance products and solutions that can be used. ‘Being a commercial bank we are able also to package a mixture of products to provide the most suitable and cost-effective solutions to our clients.’ When considering the cost versus the saving of a system, it is vital to point out that the savings can in some instances finance the system as the monthly finance repayments can be covered by the amount one was paying for their electricity before going solar. The deal structure determines the security required and the risk assessed. Banks requires a certain level of cover on any transaction they are requested to consider. Also, several limitations could arise, particularly in solutions targeted at the C&I space. ‘This sometimes occurs due to a detailed feasibility assessment that is required for every system the bank is requested to finance,’ explains Maharaj. It is a good investment for the business or home, which will save the customer thousands of rands over the years. Solar energy systems are also eligible for a 12b tax benefit, which can result in additional savings of 28% on cost. In addition to that, they are VAT deductible. This, together with having a highly efficient, green business or home is a significant gain. Click here https://www.sapvia.co.za/choosing-a-suitable-finance-model-for-a-pv-system/ for more on other financing options from SAPVIA members.  SAPVIA has a list of financers and solar PV installers with PV GreenCards. Find the list on https://www.sapvia.co.za/members-service-directory/ or www.pvgreencard.co.za/reg/installers/   ...
    Source: SAPVIAPublished on 2019-09-11
  • PROINSO and SOLAREN Win the Asian Power Award for 2.16MWp Commercial Solar Rooftop Project
    United Kingdom (5 September 2019): PROINSO, a global leader in the solar energy market, and SOLAREN, have won the 2019 Asian Power Award in the category “Solar Power Project of the Year – Philippines” for their 2.16MWp commercial rooftop solar project in the Philippines. The Asian Power Awards announced PROINSO and SOLAREN as the 2019 winners at a gala ceremony attended by over a hundred senior executives and prime industry figures, on September 4 in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.The panel of expert judges that selected the winners consisted of John Yeap, Partner, head of Energy – Asia at Pinsent Masons; Mike Thomas, Partner at The Lantau Group; Petteri Harkki, Regional Director for Asia of Poyry; Wen Bin Lim, Director of Power and Utilities at KPMG; and Gervasius Samosir, Partner at YCP Solidiance. The award-winning 2.16MWp solar rooftop project is located in Carmelray Industrial Park I, Calamba, Laguna, Philippines. It is being constructed by SOLAREN Renewable Energy Solutions Corporation, a local EPC, in partnership with PROINSO’S Engineering, Procurement, and Management division. The project, scheduled for commissioning in October 2019, represents one of the largest industrial rooftop solar energy systems by size in the Philippines. Our client for this project, a household name in food products, opted for this solar PV installation for self-consumption to optimise energy costs and reduce their carbon footprint.To make this decision, the client considered possible future augmentations to their energy consumption, such as heating, climate control, electricity, and mobility. This project is differentiated by the environmental and socially responsible approach of both contractors – PROINSO and SOLAREN. For this project they selected the award-winning SunnyTripower 60 and SunnyTripower 25000TL inverters from SMA’s commercial portfolio for the maximum system performance and reduced operational expenses. Inverters are arguably the most technologically important part of a solar energy system. They are needed to process the energy collected by solar panels and deliver electricity to the grid. The contractors opted for SMA inverters due to the technological, operating, and warranty excellence. Robert Forrest, Commercial Director – SEA at PROINSO said: “This project is further evidence of PROINSO’S global reach and local capabilities. In partnership with SOLAREN we have completed a cutting edge project with modular structure through SMA’s cross-sector platform for intelligent energy management – ennexOS. Energy costs can be significantly reduced by interlinking various energy sectors, such as heating, climate control, electricity, and mobility. With open protocols, the system is flexible allowing the client to become a ‘prosumer’ enjoying independent energy management.” Total PV installations in the Philippines currently stand around 1 GW, with about 885 MW of capacity installed by the end of 2017 according to the most recent statistics published by the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA). However, in certain parts of the solar market, such as the residential and commercial PV segments, growth has been relatively limited thus far. The country’s total PV development potential is far higher than the government’s targets through 2030, according to the country’s Department of Energy. Chris Hutchings, Sales Director for SOLAREN said, ...
    Source: SAPVIAPublished on 2019-09-09
  • We are Hiring – Office Administrator Vacancy – Johannesburg
    SAPVIA is looking for a reliable Office Administrator in the Johannesburg Office, reporting to the Chief Operations Officer.  Click here to view full job spec.   ...
    Source: SAPVIAPublished on 2019-09-04
    De Aar Solar Power has once again put its support behind the Foundation for Alcohol Related Research (FARR) funding the organisation’s presence in Britstown, a small farming community in the Northern Cape. FARR will be following a three-pronged approach in this small town, commencing with research to ascertain the prevalence of Fetal Alcohol Syndrome (FAS) in the area.  This will be supported by a prevention and awareness programme as well as training. “Fetal Alcohol Syndrome is the most common preventable form of mental disability in the world and is estimated to affect three million children in our country, with a significant percentage from the communities in and around De Aar. It is expected that Britstown may be equally impacted, which is why we have chosen to provide funding for this programme that commences with in-depth community research,” explained Harrisinah Theka, Economic Development Officer at De Aar Solar Power. FARR will be setting up local offices in Britstown so that it can service the community properly.  This office will serve as an administrative base as well as providing community support, especially to expectant mothers and young children. FARR is a leading NGO source of research and information on Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD) and the most severe form of this disorder, namely Fetal Alcohol Syndrome (FAS), in South Africa. The organisation is dedicated to building positive futures in South African communities by significantly reducing birth defects and mental disabilities caused by alcohol consumption during pregnancy. “We have previously supported FARR in the community of De Aar and are now helping the NGO expand its work into new communities,” said Harrisinah. FARR has become a hub for experts, community workers and everyday South Africans who are determined to improve the lives of those affected by FAS, their families and caregivers. They are involved in training, education, research, prevention, support and management projects across South Africa. “We believe that FARR has an important role to play in rural communities across our country, such as the small town of Britstown in the heart of the Central Karoo,” concluded Harissinah. ...
    Source: SAPVIAPublished on 2019-09-03
  • Job Opportunity: Legal Counsel ENERTRAG
    Position: Legal Counsel (Legal/ Company Secretary/Bid Preparation) Location: Pretoria/Johannesburg, South Africa (Cape Town may be considered) Salary: Based on experience and qualifications Type of employment: Permanent employee ENERTRAG South Africa is a medium sized renewable energy developer and is a subsidiary of ENERTRAG AG, an independent energy company in Germany and France. We are looking to employ an experienced legal counsel – this is a growth opportunity and you will be directly responsible for growing the business by adapting to the changing phases and demands of various project lifecycles. Key Roles and Responsibilities: 1. Legal / Corporate Counsel Contract drafting, review and negotiation e.g. Memoranda of Understanding/Agreement, Non-disclosure agreements, Sales/Purchase of Shares agreement, Partnership agreements, employment contracts, etc. Provision of ad-hoc legal advice/opinions to internal business units, Coordination of activities for general legal & corporate compliance, Coordination of instructions to external legal counsel, as agreed, Liaise with Legal Department in Germany on all legal matters 2. Company Secretarial support Ensure compliance of ENERTRAG South Africa (Pty) Ltd with relevant local legislation, including specifically the Companies Act, Act as liaison between external firm/s providing administrative support in keeping company records, documentation and minutes up-to-date, Advise on the appropriate governance of the Board and/or Trust(s) in accordance with applicable legislation and founding documentation 3. B-BBEE and ED support Advise on B-BBEE strategy and implementation plan, highlighting key risks and appropriate mitigating action, Give input to Economic Development (ED) indicators in RFPs/RFIs including job creation, preferential procurement, socio-economic development (SED), enterprise and supplier development (EnD) and ownership 4. Bid Preparation Management Ensure bid-completeness and compliance aligned to bid criteria Preparation of bid-pack Qualifications: ­Three-year related qualification in Commerce or Legal field Post-graduate qualification preferred Three-year related experience Requirements: ­ Business fluent in English, another South African official language and German are a plus Attention to detail and problem-solving ability Ability to work in, and support team to achieve project objectives Strong written and oral communication skills Self-motivation and a proactive attitude to work To apply, please forward your CV and a short motivation (300 words max) to stephen.koopman@enertrag.com. SOURCE: https://www.enertrag.co.za/careers/legal-counsel/ ...
    Source: SAPVIAPublished on 2019-09-03
  • 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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