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Renusol enters South African solar market

Renusol has agreed to supply its innovative solutions for mounting photovoltaic modules on roofs to South African wholesaler Lumax Energy.

“The solar market in South Africa is continuously growing”, states Frans-Willem Vermaak, Business Development Manager of Lumax Energy. “On top of the estimated 100 megawatts of roof-top and agricultural photovoltaic output that have already been installed in the country, the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research predicts a significant rise in new installations in the future – 500 megawatts per year is possible – if the government provides even greater support for solar power generation, for example by enhancing regulation, introducing tax incentives or a feed-in tariff in all provinces. The Western Cape is currently the only province with a feed-in tariff scheme.” 

By 2030, South Africa’s energy requirements could double to approximately 90 gigawatts (GW), of which 22.5 GW could be covered by solar power generated from roof and commercial installations, according to estimations made by the South African Department of Energy. 

"Homeowners and businesses have already begun to invest in solar power, however, as we have not only a lot of sun here, but also many surface areas that are suitable for the generation of solar power. Many people also want to end their dependence on power outages, which are fairly common in South Africa. Power shortages sometimes disconnect entire suburbs from the power grid for several hours,” says Vermaak. 

Wholesaler Lumax Energy tested various PV mounting systems manufacturers before selecting Renusol as its exclusive supplier. “We were impressed by the extremely high quality and exceptional innovation of Renusol’s mounting solutions. That’s why we only offer Renusol mounting systems to our customers,” continues Mr Vermaak. Lumax Energy procures the remaining PV components from Trina Solar, ABB and Schneider Electric.

“We are delighted to have won Lumax Energy as a sales partner for South Africa. Lumax Energy offers its customers an excellent service. Its team has extensive experience in the PV industry and also provides project planning support,” explains Sven Künzel, Managing Director of Renusol. “Renusol is expanding its international sales, and South Africa is the first step. We already have plans to enter several other interesting markets around the globe.”

Lumax Energy is set to present all of Renusol’s mounting solutions at The Solar Show Africa 2016 exhibition, previously known as Power & Electricity World Africa, on 15th and 16th March 2016.

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