Entries by SOLA Editor

Installing solar on your commercial or industrial property? 6 questions you need to ask

Installing solar PV systems on commercial or industrial property has become a commonplace practice, given that property investors generally look at the long-term value of their assets. Since solar provides consistent, affordable and clean energy over a 25 year lifetime, it is not surprising that commercial and industrial properties are investing in solar. However, given […]

Going wire-free in Africa: Two examples

Our last blog post focused on how microgrids in Africa can enable electrification in rural communities to encourage economic prosperity without the need of centralised grid infrastructure. This blog explores two examples that SOLA Future Energy has designed, engineered and built – and how these might be replicated in African communities. Robben Island – an […]

Microgrids in Africa: rethinking the centralised electricity grid

Think about it: just two decades ago, many African towns were barely accessible because of the lack of telephone line infrastructure to key development areas. Today, cellular technology has allowed communications to leapfrog telephone line technology and provide communications without expensive, centralised infrastructure. A similar argument can be made about electricity. Now that both solar […]

5 African countries that are perfect for solar PV

Although Africa has historically been labelled “the dark continent”, actually nothing could be further from the truth. Africa has fantastic solar resource, and, unlike the finite fossil fuel resources which have historically been extricated from the continent, solar energy renews every day, and can be used directly where it lands. Coupled with the dire need […]

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 […]