SAPVIA Celebrates 10 Years Plus Announces 3 New Board Members

  • The South African Photovoltaic Industry Association (SAPVIA) this year celebrates 10 years of pushing boundaries in the renewables sector through proactive policy advocacy and lobbying efforts.
  • The AGM on 18th May saw the election of 3 new Board Members to the 10-commissioner board.

The 2021 SAPVIA Board Members are Sunette Smith of Reatile Group, DeVilliers Botha of Solareff, Daniel Goldstuck of SOLA Group, and returning for a second term Chanda Nxumalo of Harmattan Renewables and Richard Doyle of juwi Renewable Energies.  Outgoing board members are Jo-Anne Dean, Boitumelo Kiepile and Vuyo Ntoi.

“We are so grateful for the continued support of the members and the willingness to commit time, energy and expertise to building the solar PV industry in South Africa.” says Niveshen Govender, Chief Operating Officer of the SA Photovoltaic Industry Association (SAPVIA).

These new board members will be joining current Chairperson, Wido Schnabel, of Canadian Solar, Rainer Nowak of Webber Wentzel, Norman Moyo of Distributed Power Africa, Frank Spencer of Bushveld Energy and Maloba Tshehla of ED platform to complete the 10-commissioner board.

SAPVIA’s growth over the past 10 years reflects the flourishing renewables sector and from just 6 members a decade ago, the Association now boasts 544 members across the solar PV value chain.

“Our ambition is to support and attract members who are as diverse as the industry itself. We have restructured our membership categories to promote inclusivity and diversity. This is supported through our working groups, through which we are fostering networking and knowledge sharing that encourages participation of all industry player to address challenges facing the industry.”

“We have come a long way since our formation and as a body we are excited to step into this new chapter with a multitalented team steering us,” says Govender. “Our focus for the year ahead is navigating a post-Covid economic recovery that has renewables and solar PV at its heart.”

The new Manco members will serve a two-year term of office.

Author: Bryan Groenendaal

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