SolarPower Europe and the South African Photovoltaic Industry Association (SAPVIA) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to strengthen cooperation and explore new business opportunities for solar companies in the European and South African solar markets.
SolarPower Europe and SAPVIA will work together through knowledge sharing, adopting best practices and exchange of information. Over the next year, the associations will develop best practices guidelines for operations and maintenance (O&M) and provide access to knowledge on topics such as digitalisation and storage as well as exchange on policy advocacy and regulatory frameworks.
SAPVIA’s chief operating officer, Niveshen Govender, says the partnership will allow SAPVIA to help its members capitalise on the significant opportunities solar PV offers. He says the cooperation will help to create the right framework for growth, establish the right governance and renewable energy regulations as well as ensure industry is ready to make the step change and accelerate the growth of solar PV.
“Working with SolarPower Europe we will share global best practices with our members through dynamic knowledge sharing to develop and grow the solar PV value chain in South Africa. We will help create new business opportunities in the European and South African solar PV markets by cooperating across a number of key areas that we believe will deliver immediate and sustainable results”, he said.
Walburga Hemetsberger, CEO of SolarPower Europe says that since South Africa is the largest solar market in Africa, the potential for growth is extraordinary. The exchanging of knowledge and best practices will benefit both the European and South African solar sectors. Together, the two associations can help to accelerate the growth of solar power, bring vast economic and social opportunities to both continents, and pave the way to a climate-neutral future.