Soliaredirect Solar Power Plant Cape Town: Helping to meet SA's energy demands
Researchers say solar energy could provide enough power to meet SA’s energy needs – and Solairedirect is on its way to help meet this demand.
Researchers at the Solar Thermal Energy Research Group (STERG) at the University of Stellenbosch have said that solar energy could offer sufficient power to South Africa, provided that the country is committed to investing in renewable energy projects.
Speaking to an online South African news portal earlier this month, STERG senior researcher and director, Paul Gauché, said that solar energy in South Africa was highly viable if the sector was sufficiently funded and supported. “The potential for [photovoltaic solar energy] is immense: If we put PV farms up everywhere we could easily get more than enough power generated in the country.”
According to the article, Eskom has received a loan from the African Development Bank amounting to $365-million, which will be used to build a solar power plant in the Northern Cape. Meanwhile, Solairedirect South Africa is continuing to successfully generate energy at is solar power plant in Cape Town, which, since its launch in 2009, has made a significant contribution to solar energy in South Africa.
Among the leading solar manufacturers in South Africa
Solairedirect is one of the foremost solar manufacturers in South Africa. As such, it is helping to meet the country’s renewable energy objectives by successfully generating photovoltaic solar energy at its solar power plant in Cape Town. Having recently been selected as a Preferred Bidder for the Independent Power Producers programme in South Africa, it’s clear just how much Solairedirect is contributing to solar electricity in South Africa.
The aim of the solar power plant in Cape Town, established by Solairedirect in 2009, is to generate electricity from solar power, and then to sell this electricity back to the national power grid. The objective is to provide significant amounts of energy to reduce the pressure on Eskom – the national power producer – and thereby to help reduce the cost of electricity and lower the incidence of rolling black outs.
Although solar energy is a fairly new phenomenon in South Africa, Solairedirect bases its systems on well-established technology from Europe. Photovoltaic solar energy has been used to generate power in North America, Asia and Europe for several years, and the same successful systems are being used to generate solar energy in South Africa.
Solar energy plant Cape Town provides low-cost electricity
Most importantly, Solairedirect’s solar power solutions could eventually provide 100% of electricity requirements to homes – particularly low-cost homes, where affordable energy is essential. As the cost of South Africa’s electricity continues to rise sharply, it’s vital to provide affordable solar electricity in South Africa.
Solar panels have the capacity to offer 100% of power required by low-cost houses, and the cost of installing the systems is compensated by the money saved on electricity. These panels also produce energy in a way that does not negatively impact upon the environment, unlike traditional coal-powered electricity generation.