Solar PV


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

For more information on our work in this space see the Renewable Energy page and SSEG page.

News and events


GreenCape publishes 2017 market intelligence r...

We are proud to announce the publication of GreenCape’s 2017 market intelligence reports, covering key green economy sectors: Read more
Premier highlights green economy successes

During Western Cape Premier Helen Zille’s State of the Province address on 17 February 2017, she highlighted numerous green economy successes.  Some of these have been extracted below and will... Read more
Improve your international trade management kn...

The official tourism, trade and investment promotion agency for the Western Cape, Wesgro, are inviting stakeholders to participate in its Export Advancement Programme. Read more

Library


Small Scale Embedded Generation in the Western...

The Western Cape Government and local municipalities have a chance to play a proactive role in the shifting energy landscape and have committed to doing so through the Energy Security... Read more
Access to PV for all: Using financial incentiv...

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.

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Access to PV for all: Using financial incentiv...

In this opinion piece, Jack Radmore, Energy Analyst at GreenCape, argues that it is possible to create equity in solar PV.

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