Vodacom South Africa’s number one cellular network operator has announced that it will fit its Century City in Cape Town office with the largest array of solar panels on a single building in Africa.The project, a 500kWp which is expected to be completed in August, comprises of installation of about 2 000 mono crystalline solar panels onto SolarWorld Sundeck and 100% recycled Suntabs roof sheeting over a 3 600 m² area. The solar array is expected to produce about 75% of the 650 kWp power requirements of the building during peak production. The solar roof will yield an expected energy saving of about 830.1 MWh a year – the amount of power it would take to charge over 70-million cellphones a year.It is important initiaves like this one that will help ensure a clean, strong and reliable energy system for the future.
This great stride will encourage other companies and property owners to get involved in producing clean energy – that not only helps to boost economy, but it also helps boost overall demand for Solar PV courses and related green training. maxx- energy welcomes these new developments. Consumers willing to use maxx - energy solar's rooftop PV applications can actively partake in the emerging green energy economy thereby contributing to a healthier environment and creating more alternative energy jobs.
/---/UN Secretary‐General Ban Ki‐moon at the recently held Rio+20 United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development announced actions and commitments in support of the UN’s Sustainable Energy for All initiative towards achieving three objectives –;
- ensuring energy access,
- doubling energy efficiency
- doubling the share of renewable energy – all by 2030.
More than 50 Governments from Africa, Asia, Latin America and Small Island Developing States have engaged with the initiative and are developing energy plans and programmes. Businesses and investors have committed more than $50 billion to achieve the initiative’s three objectives. More than one billion people will benefit from Sustainable Energy for All’s public and private sector commitments.
Access to energy, particularly sustainable energy, is indistinguishable from a sustainable future for the developing world. Not only does access to energy transform the lives of the energy-poor by raising living standards, it also:
- enables income generation – for example, through solar pumps for irrigation or electricity for a small business;
- provides power to community health clinics, and refrigerators to store medicines, as well as cell phones, which have transformed commerce;
- reduces the time and drudgery of collecting fuel wood, supporting cleaner, more efficient cooking and heating options;
- provides lighting, so children can study after dark;
- enables businesses to operate and creates new opportunities for entrepreneurs
For more info visit www.un.org/futurewewant
/---/The next courses at the maxx-solar academy have been announced. Detailed information about the courses in August 2012 and the relevant course content, see www.maxx-energy.co.za/trainingcourses. You can also apply at: http://www.maxx-energy.co.za/registration.html. We still have a few vacant places, so register now!
Courses in August 2012:
August 21, 2012 . "DGS Solar Power Planning Expert"- Johannesburg, South Africa
August 27, 2012 ."DGS Solar Power Consultant"- Cape Town, South Africa
August 29, 2012. "DGS Solar Power Planning Expert"- Cape Town, South Africa
To our valued clients and visitors, maxx-solar academy proudly announces its participation at this year’s edition of Intersolar Europe in Munich, Germany from June 13-15. Visit us at the DGS Deutsche Gesellschaft für Sonnenenergie e.V. stand in Hall 3 Booth B3.125. The maxx-solar academy team will be happy to arrange a meeting with you and discuss what we are doing in terms of developing local skilled solar power experts in one of the emmerging solar market, South Africa. To book an appointment kindly email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Chairwoman of Thuringian Regional Association of the German Solar Energy Society DGS e.V launches the maxx-solar academy
/---/South Africa´s Premier Solar Academy was launched on the 16th and 19th of April in Johannesburg and Cape Town respectively by none other than the Chairwoman of the Thuringian Regional Association of the German Solar Energy Society DGS e.V, Ing Antje Klauss-Vorreiter among other distinguished guests from South Africa and Germany. The response from the Industry was overwhelming and indeed the team and the delegates had an incredible time to share information, interact and network.
Due to the developments that have been taking place which include Solar photovoltaic (PV) technologies emmerging as the “big winner” in South Africa’s 20-year integrated resource plan (IRP) for electricity, there is no doubt that this will potentially transform the country into a “solar gold mine”. Just like any ordinary mine, there is need for skilled manpower. As such the launch of maxx-solar academy at the right time will go a long way in ensuring that the locals are skilled and thereby subsequently contributing to President Jacob Zuma´s vision of job creation.
The Managing Director of maxx-solar academy Manja Schubert then gave an overview of the courses that will be offered and the training concept behind it that really makes it ideal. Apart from the Trainers that are practitioners in the Solar Industry in Germany and South Africa, the courses are quite interactive and also practically based.
Participants will get the opportunity to do some roof modelling, PV module Installation and conduct Solar experiments. A representative from the main sponsor, maxx- solar & energie, a leading Photovoltaic Company in Thüringia, Michael Rudolph introduced the company to the delegates in terms of who they are and what services they offer and their ``Quality culture``.
The highlight from the launch was that the team got the first registration for the courses from Martin Pollack, Tri Systems Company. This indeed is a testimony for the relevancy of maxx- solar academy within the Industry. The maxx-solar academy team remains upbeat about the future of the South African Solar Industry.
Renewable Energy is our Future!
maxx|solar acamdy - the professional training insitute on solar power will be launched in April 2012.
Supported by the German Chamber of Commerce and GreenCape , financed by the DEG and maxx| solar & energie GmbH, will the academy be introdcuded to specialists and interested people.
If you have been invited to our launch in:
- Johannesburg on the 16th April or
- Cape Town on the 19th April
then we are looking forward to meet you there.
If you would like to learn more about the maxx| solar academy and you are intested to join us for the launch, please contact us.
With a bit of luck we still have space available and can welcome you in Cape Town or Johannesburg.
email@example.com or phone +27 (76) 765 4416
It’s Tuesday January 21st and in the township of Phillipi the nursery kids of the community centre iThemba Labantu are coming back from school. Their after-school teacher promised a surprise for this afternoon. Antje Klauß-Vorreiter and Manja Schubert of the ‘maxx-solar academy show them with solar power experiment tool kids how the sun produces electricity. They are even given the opportunity to conduct their own experiments, powering a horn as well as a motor using small solar cells. What the kids liked best was to let various coloured disks rotate using the solar motor.
The maxx-academy team explained that those small cells power their motor in the same way as the large modules on the roof of the community hospital, converting the light of the sun into power. The 5,32kWp solar power plant of the community hall has been working since 30 March of 2011. Due to the initiative and the support of maxx-solar and energy and to the module donation of Bosch Solar Energy AG, about 6.575kWh have been produced in the last ten months. In order not to let this be a unique example maxx-solar & energy supports the DGS Solarschool Thuringia by the foundation of the ‘maxx-solar-academy’ in South Africa.
Already in April 2012 the ‘maxx-solar academy’ will offer information events in Cape Town and Johannesburg. The academy plans to start regular events in August 2012. There are going to be courses on:
- Solar power consultancy
- Solar power planning
- Solar power installation
Additionally adapted trainings will be offered to pupils and teachers in the community centre of iThemba Labantu and for students of the college in Cape Town.
For more information please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
The ‘maxx-solar academy’ receives funding from BMZ’s developPPP.de. programme.
could fulfil the strict criteria of safety standards authority Thuringia. This is for our customers and ourselves a proof of our high-class claim and stimulus for good work at the same time“, according to Ortmann at the certificate handing over. However, the certificate is no free ride light. Certificated professional companies are checked by auditors of safety standards authority Thuringia regularly all two years on observance of the criteria.
Despite the National Energy Regulator of South Africa’s (Nersa’s) announcement this week that the outcome of its renewable energy feed-in tariff (Refit) review would be delayed until mid-June, Energy Minister Dipuo Peters told lawmakers on Thursday that the procurement programme should begin before the end of June and that transactions for the first 1 000 MW of Refit capacity should be concluded by year-end.
“We hope to conclude at least 1 000 MW of renewable energy transactions by December this year, in time for showcasing as we host COP 17 in Durban,” she said in her Budget vote speech to Parliament. South Africa will host the 17th Conference of the Parties of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, or COP17, in Durban from November 28 to December 9.
“Apart from the showcasing, this programme is aligned to the New Growth Path and will substantially contribute to President [Jacob] Zuma’s vision on job creation.”
However, Nersa’s proposed reduction of the Refit rates had caused some concern among potential renewables project developers, with some warning that projects could be made marginal by the cuts.
But during the media briefing ahead of Peters’ speech, Department of Energy officials argued that Nersa’s review was in line with its policy for yearly reassessments of the rates, while the proposed cuts were reflective of changes that had taken place globally with regard to the capital on operating costs for wind and solar projects.
Officials also indicated that the appetite for the first 1 000 MW under Refit had been extremely strong and that there should still be sufficient uptake under a revised regime.
When asked to clarify the future procurement process, the department said that Eskom would be the ultimate buyer, while Nersa would govern the process and its timing.
After the next Nersa board meeting at the end of May, a final decision would be made on how the Refit procurement process would proceed. The department said it was hopeful that the programme would be in a position to be launched by June.
What was somewhat unclear was whether government might favour a competitive bidding process for the first round. Developers have warned that such an approach, which was likely to find support in the early stages, might lower the overall appetite for the South African renewables market in the longer term.
Solar photovoltaic (PV) technologies have emerged as the “big winner” in South Africa’s 20-year integrated resource plan (IRP) for electricity, which indicates that the PV solutions could deliver 8 400 MW of new capacity by 2030, a new report by Frost & Sullivan argues.
The target could translate into the deployment of a “staggering” 300-MW-a-year of large-scale solar PV from 2012 onwards, potentially transforming the country into a “solar gold mine”.
The report has been published as the National Energy Regulator of South Africa (Nersa) reviews the country’s renewable energy feed-in tariff (Refit) rates across all technologies, including solar PV. Under the proposed adjustments, the solar PV Refit rate could be cut by 41,3%, from the R3,94/kWh level promulgated in 2009, to R2,31/kWh in 2011.
However, some developers believe the revised Refit will still be sufficient to attract investors, particularly given that installation and operational costs have been declining in recent years. There is also an international drive to lower the installed cost of PV solutions to $1/W, from current levels of around $3,80/W.
The report notes that PV in South Africa is currently limited to offgrid uses, despite that fact that most of the 21 GW of global capacity has been integrated with the grid, the largest example being the 97-MW Sarnia PV facility, in Canada.
It also argues that South Africa has sufficient land resources to meet the target – Frost & Sullivan calculates that the 8 400-MW plan would require 92 400 acres of land, making the sparsely populated Northern Cape, which also enjoys world-class solar radiation, a likely location.
“The plan to create an area large enough for 46 300 soccer fields will be the largest cluster of solar farms in the world to date, and will be visible from space. The construction of these projects over the next 20 years will no doubt create a significant number of jobs,” the consultancy adds.
Extrapolating figures from the Spanish PV market, which created 28 000 PV-related jobs between 2001 and 2010 while developing 3 000 MW of capacity, Frost & Sullivan estimates that the solution, together with 1 000 MW of concentrated solar power, could yield 60 000 jobs over the next two decades.
As with Spain, whose market is currently facing difficulties, it is anticipated that the bulk of these jobs will be created in the manufacture of components. “Global and local PV manufacturers alike are exploring component manufacturing possibilities in the South African market,” the report states.
It also concludes that South Africa is in a “prime position” to become a key global solar PV market participant, despite the current frustrations associated with recent delays to the procurement process for the first round of renewable energy projects.
“Once the first power purchase agreements (PPAs) are signed, however, the market will flood with activity,” the reports argues, adding that the first PPAs are likely by the end of 2011.
In response to whether the South African consumer can afford the investment, Frost & Sullivan acknowledges that trade-offs will have to be made between economic and environmental imperatives. But it also notes that, while PV has cost disadvantages relative to wind, it had the advantage of being modular and relatively quick to install.
“While the economic well-being of the country should be monitored to avoid generous over-incubatory measures, the benefits of PV are set to provide the nation with clean electricity, and the creation of direct and indirect jobs,” the report concludes