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The PV GreenCard Programme

The PV GreenCard Programme is an industry led quality assurance, skills development and small business support initiative.

The programme focuses on skills development and training to build installer capacity to improve installation quality standards and compliance in line with local and international best practice.

The PV GreenCardTM is an as-built report issued to the Solar PV system owner by certified PV GreenCard installation companies on the completion of a solar PV installation. The PV GreenCardTM captures equipment, system design and performance information at project completion.

Become a Certified PV GreenCard Installation Company

By registering as a certified PV GreenCard installation company and actively participating in the PV GreenCard programme, you contribute to the growth and development of the solar PV industry while gaining valuable benefits for your company and ensuring the delivery of high-quality installations.

Requirements to Register as a Certified PV GreenCard Installation Company

DoEL Electrical Contractor Registration
PV GreenCard Assessment Certificate
Installer and Company Information
R3400 Registration Fee
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Enhanced Credibility

By registering as a certified PVGC installation company you become part of the Certified PV GreenCard Installation Company database.

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Tender Opportunities

Be eligible to tender for projects that prescribe PV GreenCard Certification as a requirement.

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Qualified Workforce

By being part of the PV GreenCard programme, you have access to qualified technicians and other skilled labour.

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Access to Resources

Enjoy the benefits of industry guidelines, installation checklists and other resources.

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No. of Certified Installation Companies
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No. of Approved Training Centres
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No. of Approved Assessment Centres

Find a Certified PV GreenCard Installation Company

By choosing a certified PV GreenCard installation company, you can feel confident that you will receive a high quality, safe and reliable solar PV system. Certified PV GreenCard installers are trained and assessed to ensure your system meets industry best practice.

Benefits of Using a Recommended Installation Company

Vetted installation company list
Qualified and trained installers
Adherence to standards and best practices
Third party system check available
Improved insurance and finance rates
Dispute resolution service
Comprehensive installation information

Our Latest News

SAPVIA partners with quality assurer Bravo Scan to validate installations
September 19, 2023
SAPVIA partners with quality assurer Bravo Scan to validate installations
As South Africa’s solar industry gains momentum, industry body the South African Photovoltaic Industry Association (SAPVIA) has announced Bravo Scan as a partner for its Photovoltaic Green Card (PVGC) programme. The partnership aims to usher in a new era of quality and safety in solar installations, as concerns over the quality of solar PV installations...
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Call for Applications EWSETA Programme
August 29, 2023
Call for Applications EWSETA Programme
A call for Applications SAPVIA, together with EWSETA, has a grant opportunity for 20 individuals to pursue a Solar PV Installation course. The aim of the programme is to create a pull of competent and qualified professionals who can meet industry demands. Graduates of the course will be prepared to enter the job market with the practical...
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PV GreenCard Webinar (06 May 2019) presentation
May 21, 2019
PV GreenCard Webinar (06 May 2019) presentation
We hosted our first PVGreenCard webinar on Monday 6 May 2019. The focus was on the use of the PV GreenCard system. Please find attached presentation which formed the basis of the discussion. For those who were unable to join, the recording of the webinar  can be found by navigating to https://youtu.be/yUWlhBCMwWg This was the...
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City of Cape Town updated Rooftop PV Guidelines
March 7, 2018
City of Cape Town updated Rooftop PV Guidelines
The City of Cape Town recently updated its Rooftop PV guidelines for safe and legal installations (in Cape Town).  What is worth noting, is the inclusion of SAPVIA’s PV GreenCard programme in these guidelines! To view the updated document, please navigate to: http://savingelectricity.org.za/pdf/Energy-PV-Brochure.pdf
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Tender to procure and install 3 residential-sized PV systems for the City of Tshwane
February 22, 2018
Tender to procure and install 3 residential-sized PV systems for the City of Tshwane
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SA’s renewables production costs minimised at high penetration levels, NREL study shows
January 17, 2018
SA’s renewables production costs minimised at high penetration levels, NREL study shows
Preliminary Findings of the South Africa Power System Capacity Expansion and Operational Model Study (2.38 MB) Download A new independent study published by the National Renewable Energy Laboratory(NREL), in the US, concludes that significant production cost savings could be achieved if South Africa added between 60 GW and 100 GW of additional variable renewable energy (VRE) by 2035. The NREL study is...
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Globeleq increases stake in South African renewables projects
January 17, 2018
Globeleq increases stake in South African renewables projects
Electricity generation project developer, owner and operator Globeleq has increased its shareholding in the Jeffreys Bay Wind Farm, as well as in the De Aar Solar and Droogfontein Solar projects in South Africa by acquiring Mainstream Renewable Power’s minority shareholdings in the three projects. Globeleq will fund the acquisition through a mix of internal funds and available credit facilities. “This is a natural progression for Globeleq...
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SAPVIA launches PV GreenCard
October 23, 2017
SAPVIA launches PV GreenCard
Secure PV installations for South Africa and a database of reliable installers The South African Photovoltaic Industry Association SAPVIA launched their new PV GreenCard in Johannesburg on Friday, 26th May. As main motivation for the programme they state the “peace of mind that your solar PV installation complies with industry and international best practice”. The...
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Sustainable Power Solutions
May 25, 2017
Sustainable Power Solutions
250 kWp rooftop solar PV installation at the CSIR’s Pretoria Campus.
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Soventix
May 25, 2017
Soventix
131 kWp rooftop solar PV commercial installation in Brackenfell, Western Cape.
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Romano
May 25, 2017
Romano
68kWp commercial installation in Claremont, Western Cape.
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Red Engineering
May 25, 2017
Red Engineering
14kWp residential installation in Camps Bay, Western Cape.
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Happy Solar
May 25, 2017
Happy Solar
0.05MW commercial rooftop solar PV installation in Bellville, Western Cape.
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It is recommended that a PV GreenCard should be issued with every small-scale Solar PV installation by suitable qualified installers.

Frequently Asked Questions

Welcome to PV GreenCard’s Frequently Asked Questions. Here, we aim to provide you with comprehensive answers to common queries related to PV GreenCard, solar PV installations, and the certification process.

What is the PV GreenCard Programme?

The PV GreenCard Programme is an industry led quality assurance, skills development and small business support initiative. The programme focuses on skills development and training to build installer capacity to improve installation quality standards and compliance in line with local and international best practice.

The PV GreenCard programme operates within the prescribes of the occupational health and safety act (OHSA) and the electrical installation regulations (EIR). All certified PV GreenCard installation companies must be registered electrical contractors, employ a registered installation electrician or master installation electrician as well as an assessed PV GreenCard individual.

All certified PV GreenCard installation companies commit to adhere to national installation standards and regulations as well as industry best practices. Customers can find certified PV GreenCard installation companies on the PV GreenCard website. The installation company database is updated monthly to reflect compliance with the certified PV GreenCard installation company requirements.

What is the PV GreenCard?

The PV GreenCardTM is an as-built report issued to the Solar PV system owner by a certified PV GreenCard installation company on the completion of a solar PV installation. The PV GreenCard captures equipment, system design and performance information at project completion. Only certified PV GreenCard installation companies may issue a PV GreenCard.

The PV GreenCard is issued as a supplementary document to the electrical certificate of compliance (COC). The PV GreenCard is not a substitute for the COC. Only registered installation electricians or master installation electricians may issue a COC for a Solar PV system.

How do I get a PV GreenCard As-Built Report for my Solar PV system?

The PV GreenCard is an as-built report issued to the Solar PV system owner by a certified PV GreenCard installation company upon the completion of a solar PV installation. The PV GreenCard is issued digitally via the PV GreenCard web interface.

Clients will receive an email containing a document checklist of documents that must be submitted to the client by the certified PV GreenCard installation company before the PV GreenCard can be issued for the system. The checklist includes installed equipment manuals, the certificate of compliance and system design information. Once the client is satisfied that all the required documents has been submitted, the installation company may issue the PV GreenCard.

What are the benefits to me of using a Certified PV GreenCard Installation Company?

Certified PV GreenCard installation companies meet the regulatory requirements in terms of the Occupational Health and Safety Act (OHSA) and the Electrical Installation Regulations to perform electrical installation works in South Africa, Furthermore certified PV GreenCard Installation companies have the necessary training, skill and competency to design, install and commission solar PV systems that are electrically safe, legal and meet supplier requirements. Only Certified PV GreenCard installation companies can issue the PV GreenCard As-Built report.