A PV GreenCard ensures a standard of high quality for your solar PV installation.
When I looked into solar solutions, I listened to what people had to say about installation costs and DIY jobs.
It didn’t sound too difficult to tackle, and I would save a ton of money that I could rather spend on a bigger system, I tried to reason with myself. But I realised very soon that I had bitten off way more than I could chew. Even my dad, who is my usual go-to guy for anything DIY, was not up for it. When he admitted that, I knew I would have to speak to someone professional to help me figure out what I needed and install it for me. I knew that if I was to patter around with this that I would waste my money and a lot of time, and I probably wouldn’t end up with something that would give me what I needed.
Most conventional hydroelectric plants consist of four elements. A dam that raises the water level from a river, creating falling water. It also controls the flow and pressure of the water. You can like this reservoir to stored energy. The second is a turbine. The force of the falling water against the turbine’s blades causes the turbine to spin. Then we get the generator. The turbine is connected to the generator and when the turbine spins; it causes the generator to spin as well. The generator converts the mechanical energy into electric energy. Last, there are the transmission lines. They conduct electricity from the hydropower plants to our homes and businesses.
But I wasn’t sure who to contact or ask for help.
Before I get to what a PV GreenCard is and what it entails, I have to tell you about the governing body, SAPVIA. The South African Pholtovaic Industry Association (SAPVIA) has been around since 2011. They are a non-profit organisation that comprises over 180 active players in South Africa’s photovoltaic market. They proclaim to be a genuine, invested presence in the country, driven by its values of consistency, cohesion, and collaboration, the association (SAPVIA) aims to promote the increased deployment of solar PV technology in South Africa responsibly and sustainably. Having formed strong partnerships and strategic alliances with government departments, development agencies, and some of the world’s leading players in the PV sector, they are committed to promoting the growth of this country’s solar electricity market—which is aligned with the government’s objective to provide access to reliable, affordable, and environmentally friendly energy supply.
SAPVIA has identified the need to protect consumers as well as the PV market’s reputation very early on. As a response to the rising demand for high-quality, safe solar PV installations SAPVIA introduced the PV GreenCard. There is a PV GreenCard program that focuses on education, skills development and training to build installer’s capacity as well as improve standards, development and compliance aligned with international best practice. They have prepared 15 training institutions across the country to offer SAPVIA solar training and assessment, which is an entry requirement for the PV GreenCard.
The PV GreenCard is an industry-led, quality label that is inclusive in nature and becomes the key to ensure a high standard of quality for small-scale solar PV installations. It is recommended that a PV GreenCard should be issued with every small-scale solar PV installation by suitable, qualified installers thus guaranteeing you, the client, peace of mind that your solar PV installation complies with the industry and national best practice. PV installation companies can register themselves and their qualified installers on the PV GreenCard installation company database that SAPVIA provides. This allows you access to a database of qualified and verifiable solar PV installers in your area via the PV GreenCard website.
Busi Nxumalo, entrepreneur and MD of Genleg Group, says “The establishment of this program has three cascading benefits. First, for the consumers having the peace of mind knowing that you are able to choose an installer from an accredited list of installers that have been vetted by a credible industry body. Second, it has benefits for the industry as a whole. If we are trusted as installers, it means for faster growth throughout the value chain. Third, it levels the playing field between the new installers and the installers that have been here for a very long time.”
The South-African PV GreenCard is inclusively designed to promote quality and safe installations, assuring you that your system is safely installed and complies with all municipal requirements.
The PV GreenCard is an as-built report for the Solar PV system owner and a checklist for the installer which qualified installers provide to their clients on the completion of a project. The PV GreenCard contains details of the installation such as, what sort of PV modules and PV inverters were used, as well as a checklist of all the necessary installation steps that were completed.
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