A significant factor that is to some extent helping South Africa bridge the gap to wealthier nations in transitioning to sustainable energy sources is the ongoing energy crisis, as well as natural disasters like recent flooding in some provinces. These are the drivers that are pushing the country to look at sustainable energy sources.
When it comes to which region leads the way in solar market potential, it is no surprise that South Africa’s most populous province – Gauteng – comes out on top, with an estimated market share of 45,8%. The Western Cape comes in second with an estimated 24%, followed by Kwa-Zulu Natal with 12,6%.
M-KOPA is finally rolling out its pilot operations in South Africa five months after it secured over $250 million of debt and equity to fund its expansion across Africa. Recently, the firm sought a sales executive through postings on Glassdoor and Beebee, as it looks to bolster its drive in Soweto.
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Amidst the widespread demand for affordable and dependable solar power solutions in South Africa, Nedbank has unveiled a series of cutting-edge solar financing options through its Avo Solar platform. Each package guarantees professional installation by certified solar suppliers approved by Nedbank, ensuring the highest standards of service.
WiSolar, a prominent green digital utility startup, has turned down a $1.5 million loan offer from the Industrial Development Corporation (IDC) of South Africa. The decision was based on what the company deemed to be unfavourable loan terms, potentially hindering its growth and mission.
German SunOyster Energy has deployed a movable PV system based on a dual-axis tracking system in South Africa’s Sanbona Wildlife Reserve, to supply power for Eco Lodge “White Lion.” The PVmover system, which was already deployed at an unspecified location in northern Germany earlier this year, hosts nine PV modules and has a capacity of 3.8 kW.
Following the introduction of tax incentives and financing mechanisms, the installed capacity of rooftop solar systems in South Africa has more than doubled to over 4,500 MW in the last year, said President Cyril Ramaphosa. South Africa is making steady progress in resolving the energy crisis, he declared.
South Africa is confronted by the triple threat of inequality, poverty and unemployment but the battery energy storage value chain could stimulate economic growth and overcome some of these social challenges.
Electricity minister Kgosientsho Ramokgopa says that his department is pushing for the rooftop solar incentive in South Africa to be extended and expanded – specifically, to include equipment like inverters and batteries as part of the package.