Role of rooftop PV in enhancing energy security
Day: Sunday, 4th of October
Time: 16:00 – 17:30
Room: Hall 1A
In most countries where PV technology has been widely disseminated, the main driver has been small-scale, embedded solutions. In South Africa, the introduction of PV technology into the energy economy has been driven primarily by the large-scale REIPPP programme, which by 2014 had put some 1000MW of new capacity on line.
However, embedded PV also has a lot of scope, given energy security challenges and resulting rapid rise in electricity prices. Some customers are already migrating part of their consumption from the national utility and municipalities, raising concerns about the effect on municipal revenues and the potential for such concerns to stymie the further dissemination of embedded PV solutions.
As SAPVIA and SAPOA – in conjunction with key stakeholders – are actively looking at ways to address this and related issues, the event will provide a good platform for sharing information and mapping the way forward. Related to this, the substantial 76% drop in REIPPPP prices since 2011 has been associated with an increase in the average size of PV projects from 35MW to around 70MW. Projects in the range 5MW-50MW have become less financially viable in the REIPPPP, resulting in some of the options under consideration for roof-top PV potentially being applicable to projects in this range as well.
South African Photovoltaic Industry Association (SAPVIA) ,South African Property Owners Association (SAPOA), DBSA
Introductory remarks – Programme Director
Session 1: Energy security in the commercial property
- Economics: Supply-demand dynamics, tariffs, municipal revenues, etc
- Technical: Standards, design/installation, operations and maintenance, metering and protection, etc;
- Finance: Financing models and related attributes (e.g. own balance-sheet, PPAs, cost of capital, etc).
Session 2: Roof-top PV in the property sector – opportunities and challenges
- Policy/legislation: Existing enablers and gaps, etc
- Regulatory: SSEG Regulatory Framework, capacity-building in municipal sector, legislative provisions and institutional arrangements related to licensing/registration, electricity trading, revenue management, etc
- Economic development: Skills and enterprise development, localisation of value-chains, etc
Wrap-up and draft resolutions – Moderators/Rapporteur
Closing remarks – Programme Director
Welcome Cocktail Reception
List of speakers:
- Moefi Moroeng – Specialist, Electricity Trading, National Energy Regulator of South Africa (NERSA)
- Brian Jones – Head: Green Energy, City of Cape Town
- Jonathan First – Head, Syndication Finance, Development Bank of Southern Africa (DBSA)
- Tanya Engels – KPMG, SAPVIA Member
- Masechaba Mabilu – Acciona Energy South Africa, SAPVIA member
- Moeketsi Thobela – SAPVIA
- Dr Rainer Nowak, Webber Wentzel, SAPVIA Member
- Frank Spencer, First Solar, SAPVIA Member
- DeVilliers Botha, Solareff, SAPVIA Member