18 February 2013 – The first photovoltaic (PV) solar panel manufacturing plant in KwaZulu-Natal has recently been established in New Germany, South Africa.

ART Solar, which is the only South African owned PV manufacturer, specialises in the manufacture of solar PV modules. The company is set to play a significant role in renewable energy, initially in South Africa, followed by the sub-Saharan market and the African continent.

Ronald Lange, chief operating officer for ART Solar, says, “These modules are easy to install and require no maintenance, apart from occasional cleaning. Other important features are the 25 year guarantee offered by ART Solar and an estimated 40 year lifetime of the module. The company also offers a technical advisory and support service throughout the country.”

The company has made a significant investment in the latest equipment from Swiss equipment manufacturer – Meyer Burger Swiss Solar Systems − and benefits from shared technology with global PV specialists.

PV modules, which adhere to International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC) specifications, are certified at ART Solar by test institute TüV Rheinland in Germany.