This according to South African Photovoltaic Industry Association (SAPVIA) Chairperson, Davin Chown.
Speaking last week Friday, Chown launched the association’s bold 5- Point Plan for the solar PV industry, meant to drive industrialisation, create jobs, and contribute to economic growth. Read more…
“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 underexploited and underutilised indigenous resource with significant carbon reduction, water saving and economic development contributions” explained Chown.
He added: “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.”
SAPVIA 5-Point Plan
Chown said one of the ways to reigniting South Africa’s economic growth, can be done through constructive collaborative partnerships between all social partners.
In recognising the need to build new South African IPPs and support a new generation of industrialists, particularly black industrialists in the industry, SAPVIA is committing to do the following:
- To work with government to build out 1,500MW of PV per annum; simultaneously delivering 1,380 CO2e tonnes of carbon emissions reductions thus contributing to South Africa’s emissions reduction targets;
- To facilitate the creation of South African solar IPPs and SME’s – in particular women and youth owned businesses – support the creation of new Black Industrialists in the sector and promote investment and funding in order to achieve these commitments;
- To deliver 55,000 new local jobs in the industry by 2025, through skills development partnerships with the DHET via the internationally recognised institutions such as SARETEC and the EWSETA;
- To champion the implementation of solar PV in the Renewable Energy Development Zones, mining areas that are in decline, and Special Economic Zones in order to drive industrialisation;
- To launch their Solar Industry Development Plan and Energy Transition Programme, in consultation with Labour, government and Civil Society within the next 6 months.
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