South African Photovoltaic Industry Association (SAPVIA)

SAPVIA is a not for profit industry association that aims to promote the increased deployment of Solar PV technology in South Africa. SAPVIA was established in 2011 as part of a renewable energy industry commitment under the Green Economy Accord to provide coherent input to Government’s clean energy policy initiative. Currently SAPVIA has just over 170 members, operating across the entire PV value-chain.

SAPVIA is the representative voice of the solar PV industry in South Africa and the advocate for the technology. Driven by its values of consistency, cohesion and collaboration, the association’s vision is to ensure solar PV is the electricity generation technology of choice in South Africa and the rest of Sub-Saharan Africa, in support of the country’s socio-economic development targets.

Initially SAPVIA was focused mainly on the development of the utility scale market segment, however this focus has since shifted to include a strong focus on the development of the residential, commercial and industrial rooftop market.

Word from SAPVIA

The South African Photovoltaic Industry Association (SAPVIA) has developed this quality framework to ensure that Solar PV installations are done responsibly and sustainably. The small-scale embedded generation revolution is already underway and as the industry body we have a crucial role to play in ensuring that installations standards are of a high quality and comply with municipal and national electrical regulations.

Our partners have been critical in the development of this quality initiative and we are grateful for the assistance of Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ), BSW Solar, GreenCape, SARETEC and DGS Berlin. They have worked closely with us as development partners together with various government departments and SAPVIA members who have contributed throughout the development process.

The most important aspect of the PV GreenCard is peace of mind that your Solar PV installation complies with industry and international best practice and installers meet minimum internationally bench-marked quality and safety standards. Access to a database of qualified and verifiable solar PV installers via the PV GreenCard website is another way that we can promote access to safe and reliable PV installations.

In order to ensure a nationwide and inclusive process for all those interested in participating in this quality scheme, the PV GreenCard is available to PV installation companies outside of the SAPVIA membership.