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2 Years of PV for Boksburg Civic Centre

This was Asunim Solar first project in South Africa for the Ekurhuleni Metropolitan Municipality in Gauteng.

Commissioned by the begining of August 2016 this 250kWp solar pv power plant uses 926 × 270Wp Yingli mono crystalline modules to feed 9 x ABB Trio 27.6 Inverters. Average daily production is over 1,23 MWh and during the last 6 months the system has delivered 221,86 MWh of green and clean energy to Boksburg Civic Centre.

The grid dependency has been reduced and savings are over 50% every month.

Tito’s Electricity Sector Bombshells – Free Market Pricing and Decentralise Private Grid Operators

South Africa’s new finance minister Mr Tito Mboweni

In his interim budget speech earlier today, new Finance Minister, MR Tito Mboweni made two major announcements concerning the energy industry in South Africa.

He stated that a new national electricity grid could be established with independent power producers. This is the first sign that Government is now considering partial decentralisation of electricity production, transmission and distribution – outside of Eskom. Electricity can be produced, transmitted and distributed by IPP’s. IPP’s are currently creating 61,000 jobs as a result of the finalisation of Round 4 the country’s renewable energy program (REIPPP).

Mboweni also stated that electricity prices could be set free. Government is considering long-term reforms in electricity. “Reviews of administered prices in other sectors such as energy are underway,” Mboweni confirm. It is unclear whether this would mean that electricity pricing will be determined on an open market.

The two bombshell announcements lead into one another as the market determines electricity tariffs in a competitive decentralise supply network. If such a move does go ahead, it will unlock significant investment in the South African energy sector and could mean lower electricity prices.

Author: Bryan Groenendaal | Green Building Africa

Solar power - Disruptive Potential

As costs fall, the importance of solar power to senior executives is rising.

The economics of solar power are improving. It is a far more cost-competitive power source today than it was in the mid-2000s, when installations and manufacturing were taking off, subsidies were generous, and investors were piling in. Consumption continued rising even as the MAC Global Solar Energy Index fell by 50 percent between 2011 and the end of 2013, a period when dozens of solar companies went bankrupt, shut down, or changed hands at fire-sale prices.

The bottom line: the financial crisis, cheap natural gas, subsidy cuts by cash-strapped governments, and a flood of imports from Chinese solar-panel manufacturers have profoundly challenged the industry’s short-term performance. But they haven’t undermined its potential; indeed, global installations have continued to rise—by over 50 percent a year, on average, since 2006. The industry is poised to assume a bigger role in global energy markets; as it evolves, its impact on businesses and consumers will be significant and widespread. Utilities will probably be the first, but far from the only, major sector to feel solar’s disruptive potential.

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Turkey’s largest roof-mounted solar photovoltaic (PV) system installed by asunim

Asunim Turkey has just finished the installation of Turkey’s largest roof-mounted solar PV system, with a surface area of 12000m2 and an installed capacity of 500kWp. This system is installed on the roof of Kıvanç Tekstil A.Ş., a company located in the Seyhan district of Adana that plays an important role in textile industry, producing Made in Turkey fabrics for the European market.

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