The South African Photovoltaic Industry Association (SAPVIA), together with SolarPower Europe, have launched the South African edition of the Operation & Maintenance (O&M) Best Practice Guidelines. The guidelines were produced by industry players from across Europe and South Africa and aim to help South African solar PV stakeholders better understand the importance of well-planned and implemented operation and maintenance of solar PV plants.
Niveshen Govender, COO, SAPVIA
Niveshen Govender, SAPVIA COO, said: “Experience has shown that high quality asset management, together with well-planned and implemented O&M, mitigates potential risks, improves the performance of solar PV plants, and promises a positive financial return on the investment.”
“SAPVIA is committed to developing and enhancing the solar PV sector in South Africa, ensuring that stakeholders across the value chain can benefit and leverage international best practice to develop quality, sustainable solar PV plants.”
“We are grateful to our partners SolarPower Europe, and GIZ, who continue to support the local South African solar PV market, especially through this latest joint-launch of the South African edition of Operation and Maintenance Best Practice Guidelines.”
The report builds on SolarPower Europe’s European O&M Best Practice Guidelines (v.4.0) and adapts key recommendations to the South African context. The guidelines are a joint effort between SolarPower Europe and several solar PV experts active in South Africa and supported by GIZ SAGEN and SAPVIA, the South Africa PV Association.