SolarPower Europe and the South African Photovoltaic Industry Association (SAPVIA) have recently signed a Memorandum of Understanding to reinforce collaboration and discover new business opportunities for solar companies in the European and South African solar market.
SolarPower Europe and SAPVIA will work together through knowledge sharing, adopting best practices and exchange of information. Over the next year, the associations will advance in bringing best practices guidelines for operations & maintenance (O&M) and make available access to knowledge on topics such as digitalisation and storage as well as exchange on policy advocacy and regulatory frameworks.
Niveshen Govender, COO of SAPVIA said, “This partnership will allow SAPVIA to benefit our members capitalise on the significant opportunities solar PV offers. We need to create the right background for growth, establish the right governance and renewable energy regulations as well as guarantee that the industry is ready to make the step change and accelerate the growth of solar PV.”
Govender added, “Working with SolarPower Europe we will share global best practices with our members through dynamic knowledge sharing to advance and grow the solar PV value chain in South Africa. We will help generate new business opportunities in the European and South African solar PV markets by collaborating across a number of significant areas that we trust will deliver instant and sustainable results.”
Walburga Hemetsberger, CEO of SolarPower Europe also stated, “South Africa is the largest solar market in Africa and the potential for growth is astonishing. We look frontward to exchanging knowledge and best practices to advantage both the European and South African solar sectors. Together, we can accelerate the growth of solar power, bring vast economic and social opportunities to both continents, and pave the way to a climate-neutral future.”