- Cape Town based Ener-G-Africa, has commissioned a solar photovoltaic panel assembly facility with an annual capacity of 15 MW.
- The plant will produce 20w panels aimed at the local and Southern Africa market.
“This solar assembly facility was built with a focus on making smaller solar panels to serve low-income households across Sub-Saharan Africa,” says Andre Moolman, CEO of EGA. “It is the first and only small solar panel plant in the world certified by TUV Rheinland, which means that some of Africa’s poorest communities will have access to solar with the highest quality certification available.
The plant manager and employees are all women. “Factory workers in all sectors are predominantly men, and we wanted to give the employment opportunity to women from previously disadvantaged communities,” explains Moolman.
In addition to domestic South African sales, the comany will also target Malawi, Angola, Mozambique, Zimbabwe, Ghana, Zambia, Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda, and Rwanda. Most raw materials are sourced locally.
Author: Bryan Groenendaal