RES4Africa and South Africa Photovoltaic Industry (SAPVIA) Forge Closer Ties

Within the framework of this collaboration, the parties will support each other in the organisation and promotion of training and capacity building programmes and in the generation of knowledge products and data by pursuing joint thematic publications and technical studies with a specific focus on South Africa, where SAPVIA is based. The two organisations will also involve each other as strategic partners in the implementation of existing and future initiatives, as well as outreach, advocacy, and communication activities.

“South Africa is the largest electricity market in Africa, accounting for half of sub-Sahara installed capacity. It goes without saying that this country has the potential to be one of the guiding lights of the entire continent’s just energy transition” says Roberto Vigotti, RES4Africa’s Secretary General “Counting on a partner like SAPVIA in our network is not only a demonstration of the value of our work in South Africa and in the whole continent, but it is also a valuable contribution to our mission: only by pursuing joint efforts we can effectively contribute to Africa’s green transition.”

SAPVIA’s long term goal is to vigorously mobilise support for the sustainable growth of solar PV in South Africa and this partnership will be a key catalyst to ensure we deliver on our vision,” says Niveshen Govender, SAPVIA COO. “Working together with RES4Africa we will be able to better equip our members to capitalise on the opportunities of a just energy transition through the commissioning and sharing of research, market reports and best practice and help us as we work to ensure that renewables are included and at the forefront of South Africa’s energy policy.”

Author: Bryan Groenendaal

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