The Movement towards renewable energy generation globally and in South Africa is one that is gathering momentum with in many instances South Africa finding itself one step behind in the opportunities that are presenting themselves in the Renewable Energy Market. One field of this Renewable Energy Market is the Solar Photo Voltaic (PV) Market and in particular the Rooftop PV market. If one consults with data on solar radiation for the Province of KwaZulu Natal the trends indicate that there is sufficient radiation for the successful implementation of a solar PV projects in the province. Although many of these PV projects may take place in the form of on the ground PV farms, global trends as well as interest in KZN from oversea investors indicate a growing appetite for rooftop PV installations. Across Europe and in many
Developing countries the trends are showing that Governments are Viewing rooftop PV installations as an effective way to generate electricity without the need for new
Construction or space requirements.
Currently in South Africa there is a significant drive
Towards investment in renewable energy technologies.
This investment is, in part, being driven by the national Renewable Energy ndependent Power Producer Procurement Programme1band also by the country’s commitment to addressing the impacts of global climate change. The REIPPP Program focuses on large
Scale generation projects that are mostly in rural and sparsely populated areas.
However, it is also clear that there are significant opportunities in the medium and
Small “decentralised” generation sector. Eskom in consultation with NERSA have just announced that from the First of June 2012 they will be piloting the inclusion of small--‐scale
Renewable energy solutions to further broaden the scope of optimal energy usage. The initial pilot phase will target 10 MWs from small--‐scale renewable energy.
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