The value of solar PV is mostly derived from replacing relatively expensive electricity with ‘free’ electricity, rather than making money from selling excess electricity to the grid.Solar PV in South Africa has fallen from an average of R3.3514 per kWh in 2011 to average of R0.90 per kWh in the fourth round of the Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer Procurement Programme (REIPPPP).
Opportunities: Fast facts
The creation of an enabling environment for the sustainable uptake of small scale embedded generation technologies in Western Cape, will drive the large scale uptake of rooftop PV in the province.
The market in installation, operation and maintenance of rooftop PV is estimated at R2bn over the period 2016 to 2019, with the potential to create 3000 jobs over that period
Currently there is more than 94 MW of installed rooftop PV in South Africa of which 18 MW is in the Western Cape
News and events
Municipalities have often expressed concerns about how equitable small scale embedded generation (SSEG) is. As a result, some municipalities have been hesitant to promote the installation of solar PV and other systems.Read more