This week SolarPower Europe, together with the South African Photovoltaic Industry Association (SAPVIA), have launched Operation & Maintenance (O&M) Best Practice Guidelines. The report builds on SolarPower Europe’s European O&M Best Practice Guidelines (v.4.0) and adapts key recommendations to the South African context.
South Africa has the continent’s most developed solar PV market. As its fleet of power plants age, proper “health care” is becoming an increasingly important aspect when looking to consistently meet performance expectations. These guidelines reflect the market and business conditions in South Africa, while supporting South African solar stakeholders in improving the quality of their O&M segment.
“It has been great to work with SAPVIA again on this project. It shows how solid our partnership is and the 39-strong taskforce is testament to how important the South African market is for European companies. Together, we have delivered a pioneering document that will help professionalise asset health care and lower the cost of solar PV in South Africa.”
“We are grateful to our partners SolarPower Europe, and GIZ, who continue to support the local South African solar PV market, especially through this latest joint-launch of the South African edition of Operation and Maintenance Best Practice Guidelines. Experience has shown that high quality asset management, together with well-planned and implemented O&M, mitigates potential risks, improves the performance of solar PV plants, and promises a positive financial return on the investment.”
“I’m delighted to see the outcome of this important work. This guideline will support the South African PV industry in delivering and maintaining high performance systems and thus help increase the overall reliability of electricity supply the country.”