The South African Photovoltaic Industry Association (SAPVIA) has announced a bold five- point plan for the solar PV industry to drive industrialisation, create jobs, and contribute to economic growth. Speaking recently at the Energy Indaba held at Gallagher Estate in Midrand, SAPVIA Chairperson, Davin Chown, said that solar energy is an untapped resource and can be utilised in ways that can deliver economic benefits across the depth and breadth of our country.
He says South Africa boasts an abundance of solar energy and is regarded as having some of the best solar resources globally all year round. It is an under-exploited and under-utilised indigenous resource with significant carbon reduction, water saving and economic development contributions. It is also a free-fuel technology that can be deployed with relative ease all across South Africa and deliver benefits to economically distressed communities and areas where industries are closing down. Solar PV is also now the cheapest source of new power generation technology – something that cannot be ignored.
With this in mind SAPVIA believes that solar has the ability to foster new project ownership regimes – from large utility scale projects to community-owned projects, and everything between.
Chown says there is a desperate need to reignite South Africa’s economic growth. This can only be done through constructive collaborative partnerships between all social partners, with the objective of delivering benefits to communities across South Africa. In recognising the need to build new South African IPPs and support a new generation of industrialists, in particular black industrialists in the industry, Chown says that SAPVIA commits:
Through these commitments SAPVIA and its members will contribute to igniting economic growth and development.
The association calls on Government:
There are just under 1500 MW of small and medium-sized PV projects developed and awaiting permissioning. It is clear that this sector is ready for immediate roll-out and can drive much-needed industrialization, job creation and economic growth.
Contact Kim Thomas, SAPVIA, Tel 021 200-5856, firstname.lastname@example.org
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