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SA PV technology factory established

Like the information technology revolution of the past few decades, we are on the brink of a solar revolution that will transform the way in which we use energy, according to AEG Power Solutions. “Solar power and business are finally moving forward together as viable, sustainable partners and for a simple reason: solar power has become more cost effective,” the company says.

AEG Power Solutions, the local division of the global solar giant, says it is providing the technology and the business model to make the vision of a sustainable energy future in South Africa a reality. “Over the past few years, there have been some significant breakthroughs in solar energy, specifically in reducing production costs of solar. The difference in the cost of a kilowatt from a solar array compared to a kilowatt from Eskom has grown smaller,” AEG Power Solutions’ Trevor de Vries says. “It already makes good business sense for companies to invest in solar solutions, and things will continue to shift until the ability to generate electricity at an affordable price would be limited only by the amount of space you have. Got a big enough roof?

“Each company that implements this system is not only taking some of the load off the national electrical utility grid, but also has the potential to generate power back into the grid. Solar energy can flow directly from the source to the consumer, and any excess can be sold back to Eskom. This changes the whole dynamics of how we view and use power,” De Vries says.

In South Africa, the company has invested millions of rand into the local economy by building a state-of-the-art factory that produces the photovoltaic technology for its green energy solutions. This facility, based in the Western Cape, provides employment for hundreds of people, most of them from previously disadvantaged backgrounds.

AEG Power Solutions group is a global provider of power electronic systems and solutions for all industrial power supplies and offers product and service portfolios in power conversion and power controlling. It has two complementary operating business units, Renewable Energy Solutions (RES) and Energy Efficiency Solutions (EES). The RES product and service portfolio consists of systems and solutions for solar power plants like solar inverter, monitoring and control systems as well as power controllers. The EES product and service portfolio includes high performance uninterruptable power supplies (USPs), industrial power controllers and DC-converters.


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