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  • Access to reliable electricity in Africa
    In Sub-Saharan Africa, only 2 in every 5 people have access to a reliable source of electricity GDP is growing by over 4.5% annually, while generation capacity only grows at a rate of 1.2% Many people do not fully realise the size of Africa. Made up of 54 countries, it’s the same size as China, India, Europe, and the US combined with a total population 1,216 billion. Africa makes up 25% of the world’s population and has the youngest population in the world. In 2015, a British index named Africa as one of the world’s most entrepreneurial places. Comparing the young population’s creative potential with a growth of only 1.9% average seen in advanced economies, it is easy to see why many international businesses have recognised Africa as the future economic growth engine of the world. But, is infrastructure development keeping up? With more than half of the total population without electricity, the basic needs of scholars such as much needed light to study by are not met, while hospitals can’t function effectively and businesses can’t grow to their full potential. In much of sub-Saharan Africa, mobile phones are more common than access to electricity with almost 1 billion cell phone subscriptions. Compare this to the access to reliable electricity and the size of the opportunity in Africa becomes evident. Source: www.engineeringnews.co.za Reliable and cheap energy is possible! The development of micro grids is the ideal solution rather than the expensive diesel generators or other more dangerous means currently being used. The most hazardous of common energy appliances in use in SA is the nonpressure paraffin stove, which is also the main cause of fires and burn injuries. Household air pollution leads to the deaths of 4 million people every year, while burns cause 265 000 deaths, including 100  000 children in Sub-Saharan Africa and Asia. The availibility of PV migro-grids also offers a solution to the biggest challenge in supplying reliable safe electricity. Due to the geography of the countries in Africa, transmitting electricity from a power station to remote areas isn’t just impractical, it’s almost impossible, with long distances to cover and very few customers residing along the lines. SegenSolar offers a variety of storage solutions that are designed especially for the high off-grid power supply in Africa. Source: www.iol.co.za ...
    Source: SegenSolar Portal NewsPublished on 2018-08-10
  • Municipalities pushing ahead with plans for more renewable energy
    Local government working hard to meet renewable energy target Loss in annual revenue forcing rethink to approachSome municipalities are pushing ahead with plans for more renewable energy. The City of Cape Town in particular is working hard to meet its target for renewable energy to make up 20% of total energy used in the city by 2020. The city is ramping up various initiatives, including embedded generation, but is hampered by regulatory and policy issues. IPP procurement has been investigated but is currently only allowed by Eskom and requires Ministerial approval. The city says it has lost about 2% in annual revenue in part as a result of the sluggish state of the economy and a migration of electricity consumers to off-grid supply. Because of this, the city has spearheaded a legal challenge to ensure the Constitutional right of the municipality to buy power from independent sources. It is expected that future Eskom tariff increases won’t be as low as right now. With IPPs, municipalities could negotiate tariffs that are less than Eskom’s. Even if Eskom purchases could be offset by 10% to 20%, it would have a knock-on effect that could be passed on to consumers. Some options of growing renewable energy within municipalities include building their own generation capacity by embedding power systems on municipal buildings with or without feeding into the municipal grid. Another option is to build standalone power plants, such as building a solar park on municipal land. There is also potential for procuring electricity from embedded generators or from IPPs. In the City of Cape Town, the uptake for rooftop PV in the Small-Scale Embedded Generation (SSEG) programme has been very positive and is growing at a rate of 6% compounded growth a month, increasing from an installed capacity of 10MW a year ago to 14MW today. 68% of rooftop PV installations have been for domestic installations, although this amounts to only 9.5% in capacity, indicating that the bulk of capacity still lies with commercial installations. The increasing trend for uptake of SSEG is expected to continue because of decreasing solar prices, increasing electricity costs, customers wanting to be environmentally responsible and businesses keen to remain competitive. Source: Engineering News See our range of NRS097-certified commercial inverters Take advantage of the buoyant solar PV commercial market and choose from our range of high-quality fully certified inverters for your next project: Huawei – the world’s best-selling inverter manufacturer SMA – reliable, German-engineered quality SolarEdge – innovative design, with a 12-year warranty as standard Speak to your account manager for more detail on any of these brands. ...
    Source: SegenSolar Portal NewsPublished on 2018-08-02
  • 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
  • Invitation: Information sharing session: Solar PV – how to ensure safe and legal systems
    Please join us for an informative session of updates on the City of Cape Town’s SSEG programme and SAPVIA’s PV GreenCard. The aim is to be working together towards compliance and driving quality in the rooftop PV industry. Event Details When: Thursday, 05 July 2018 Where: GreenCape offices, 18 Roeland Street, Cape Town Time: 17h30 till 20h00 Drinks and canapes will be served. Please RSVP by 02 July 2018 by clicking the link here. *Please note that parking spaces are severely limited. There is parking available on Roeland Street and Hope Street. The post Invitation: Information sharing session: Solar PV – how to ensure safe and legal systems appeared first on SAPVIA. ...
    Source: SAPVIAPublished 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
  • Draft Licensing Exemption and Registration Notice
    The Draft Licencing Exemption and Registration Notice  gazetted today for public comment. The Notice articulates the intention of the DoE, in consultation with NERSA, to repeal the Exemption Notice published under Government Notice Number 1231 of 10 November 2017 and thereby amend it , by renaming it as “the Schedule” and to further determine that any generation facility within the scope of the schedule must register with the regulator. The Schedule 2: Exemption from Obligation to Apply for and Hold a Licence, is provided as an annexure to the notice. The Schedule 2 includes changes with regards to its number sequencing, the exemption of back-up and stand-by generation facilities from licencing and registration and the regulation of the relationship between reseller ad licenced distributor. Through our engagement with both DoE and NERSA, it is expected that NERSA will provide clear rules of registration directly after the 30 day public consultation process of the notice above. It is also expected that NERSA will indeed draft and publish the re-seller rules concurrently and this will include the TWA Rules of 2012. It is important to note that DoE and NERSA are also working on the extension of “the Schedule” to include the 1-10MW category.  As indicated by DoE previously, there would be a “Licence Lite” process to this category and will allow NERSA to determine this process. It is further expected, based on our engagement with DoE to date, that the DoE will, through the IRP, indicate the removal of a ministerial determination requirement for this category. As we eagerly await the new IRP in August 2018, we will continue to put forward a strong position to have an open SSEG market.  As it stands, it is understood that there will be no limiting allocation or caps on these categories. SAPVIA have engaged the DoE and NERSA and welcome their openness to consult and we believe that this is indeed a step in the right direction. We have found consultations to be positive and future thinking for the best of the industry.  Through our own PV GreenCard initiative we have recognised the need for the registration of systems and will fully support the NERSA to make this a streamlined and efficient process. Should you have any comments on the Draft Licencing Exemption and Registration Notice and/or the annexed Schedule 2 please do share this with us at kim@sapvia.co.za for consolidation and submission. We would like to make our contributions to the DoE by 02 July 2018 and would appreciate if you could get your comments to us well before this time. The post Draft Licensing Exemption and Registration Notice appeared first on SAPVIA. ...
    Source: SAPVIAPublished on 2018-06-08
  • JinkoSolar Signs 1.43 GW Supply Agreement with sPower in the U.S.
    SHANGHAI- June 6, 2018- JinkoSolar Holding Co., Ltd. (NYSE: JKS) (“JinkoSolar” or the “Company”), a global leader in the solar industry, today announced that its wholly owned subsidiary, JinkoSolar (U.S.) Inc. has entered into a three-year agreement to supply 1.43GW of high efficiency modules to sPower, a leading renewable energy independent power producer. This major supply agreement continues the strong strategic relationship between JinkoSolar and sPower.  To-date, JinkoSolar has supplied over 800MW- approximately 2.5 million solar panels – for sPower’s PV projects.  The agreement includes significant down payments, which will help Jinko expand manufacturing capacity in the United States and Asia. “We have had a strong track record of success with JinkoSolar’s high quality and reliable modules, which is why we have signed another deal,” said Ryan Creamer, CEO of sPower.  “JinkoSolar’s technology roadmap and cost leadership are also strong enablers for our future projects, and we look forward to maintaining our strong partnership.” “We are very pleased to work with sPower,” said Gener Miao, JinkoSolar Vice President of Sales & Marketing.  “We value the opportunity to grow our business with a visionary like sPower.  JinkoSolar has been investing heavily in advanced solar technologies, and these efforts have yielded major benefits.” About JinkoSolar Holding Co., Ltd. JinkoSolar Holding Co., Ltd. (NYSE: JKS) is a global leader in the solar industry.  JinkoSolar distributes its solar products and sells its solutions and services to a diversified international utility, commercial, and residential customer base in China, the United States, Japan, Germany, the United Kingdom, Chile, South Africa, India, Mexico, Brazil, United Arab Emirates, Italy, Spain, France, Belgium, and other countries and regions.  JinkoSolar has built a vertically integrated solar product value chain, with an integrated annual capacity of 8 GW for silicon ingots and wafers, 5 GW for solar cells, and 8 GW for solar modules, as of December 31, 2017. JinkoSolar has over 12,000 employees across its eight production facilities globally, 16 overseas subsidiaries in Japan (2), Singapore, India, Turkey, Germany, Italy, Switzerland, United States, Canada, Mexico, Brazil, Chile, Australia, South Africa, and United Arab Emirates, and global sales offices in China, Hong Kong, Japan, India, Turkey, Germany, Switzerland, United States, Brazil, Chile, Australia, South Africa, and United Arab Emirates. To find out more, please see: www.jinkosolar.com About sPower sPower, an AES and AIMCo company, is the largest private owner of operating solar assets in the United States.  sPower owns and operates a portfolio of solar and wind assets greater than 1.3 GW and has a development pipeline of more than 10 GW. sPower is owned by a joint venture partnership between The AES Corporation, a worldwide energy company headquartered in Arlington, Virginia, and the Alberta Investment Management Corporation, one of Canada’s largest and most diversified institutional investment fund managers.  For more information, visit www.sPower.com. The post JinkoSolar Signs 1.43 GW Supply Agreement with sPower in the U.S. appeared first on SAPVIA. ...
    Source: SAPVIAPublished on 2018-06-07
  • Interest in IFC’s solar procurement solution growing across Africa
    Engineering News ONLINE 06 June 2018 The International Finance Corporation (IFC) reports that its programme to support African governments and utilities in procuring solar photovoltaic (PV) capacity from independent power producers (IPPs) has made significant headway in four countries, with construction of the first project under way in Zambia. Read the full story here… The post Interest in IFC’s solar procurement solution growing across Africa appeared first on SAPVIA. ...
    Source: SAPVIAPublished on 2018-06-07
  • 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

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