Entries by SOLA Editor

How long is a solar lease or PPA?

With no upfront costs, solar leases are an attractive option to industrial and commercial property owners. Solar leases, also known as Power Purchase Agreements (PPAs), allow a business to make use of the benefits of solar power (such as reduced electricity costs, lower carbon emissions and fixed tariff increases below Eskom average increases) without a […]

SOLA Future Energy and Atterbury partnership to see 20 MW solar capacity built over next few years

SOLA Future Energy and Atterbury Property Developments have partnered to provide high quality solar energy and electrical storage solutions to the Atterbury portfolio of properties. The parties entered an agreement in May 2017, which will guide the installation of 20MW of solar PV systems on properties which Atterbury have developed. James Ehlers, Managing Director of […]

SOLA Opens its doors in Johannesburg

Since its foundation in Cape Town in 2013, SOLA Future Energy has now an officially established Johannesburg branch to service clients in the Gauteng region, as well as neighboring African countries. In Gauteng, SOLA Future Energy has already carried out several projects, including Growthpoint’s Key West Mall, Sasol’s Cradlestone Mall,  Goldfields Head Office, and three […]

SOLA Future Energy installs 550 kW solar system in Gardens

SOLA Future Energy recently completed a rooftop solar PV installation for Wembley Square,an office complex and lifestyle centre in Gardens, Cape Town. The centre, owned by Redefine Commercial property group is home to several offices, residential apartments, shops and restaurants, and currently uses around 7M kWh electricity per annum. The rooftop solar system, designed and constructed by SOLA, […]

780 kW solar system at Soneike Mall, Kuils River

SOLA future energy recently completed a 780 kW solar rooftop installation atSoneike Mall,in Kuils River. The shopping centre, which contains a range of retail shops, is owned by IPIC Properties. The property currently uses around 5,4m kWh of electricity per annum. With the new solar system, it is expected that roughly 1,2m kWh will be generated […]

Parkwood Primary School goes solar!

As part of a community development program, SOLA Future Energy (SFE) and Aurora Power Solutions (APS) are bringing solar energy to the Parkwood Tech Centre at Parkwood Primary School. The project is part of Bottomup Nonprofit, an organisation with an award-winning computer-based maths program that doubled the pass rate of learners after just one year.  Together with Stanford […]

SA leading the way on renewable energy

One has to wonder what motivation the South African Nuclear Energy Corporation has in launching a smear campaign against renewable energy. Mr Kelvin Kemm’s article Nuclear power is the only sensible way to go, which is more about renewable energy than nuclear energy, is riddled with so many untruths and fallacies that it cannot go unchallenged.  Read […]

Wind, solar can supply bulk of South Africa’s power at least cost, CSIR model shows

There has been much discussion in recent months about the work done by the Council for Scientific and IndustrialResearch Energy Centre into the role thatrenewable energy could play in South Africa’s future electricity mix. In an extensive interview with Engineering News Online, Dr Tobias Bischof-Niemz outlines the key findings of the research and unpacks the possible implications. The article follows:Read more

Renewable energy makes financial and environmental sense, and is a threat to Eskom

​Recent comments by Brian Molefe, Eskom’s chief executive, might lead an impartial person to wonder whether there is an orchestrated effort to undermine renewable energy deployment in South Africa. If there is, it would not be surprising that the power utility leads the charge, trying to resist the development of more efficient and independent competitors. […]