Expansion for South African solar power company in 2011


Solairedirect Southern Africa is rolling out the next stage of the internationally-held group’s business model as they continue to satisfy the needs of the rapidly growing solar power industry in Southern Africa. 

Since launching in Cape Town in late 2009, the South African subsidiary of French parent company Solairedirect has been focused primarily on large scale grid connected projects of more than one megawatt.

Following an initial start-up phase, during which the company established and trained a technical team, Solairedirect Southern Africa now offers a complete technical package to the specifier market, such as consulting engineers, builders and architects.

“After a successful introductory year to the local market we are ready to tackle the increased demand for solar power in a broader context,” says Solairedirect Southern Africa managing director Ryan Hammond.

“Solairedirect Southern Africa is now able to provide a full product design and operating service to all market sectors, mirroring our sister companies around the world in countries such as France, Morocco, Chile and India. Our business model has evolved to non-grid connected systems where we design, build and operate smaller solar power projects for a variety of smaller commercial and industrial customers.”

A vertically integrated solar power company generating electricity using solar photovoltaic technology, the Solairedirect Group not only offers a complete technical design, build and operate service but also manufactures solar photovoltaic modules at their state of the art facility in Bellville, Cape Town, where the Group’s manufacturing subsidiary, Solairedirect Technologies, has been operating since 2009.

Hammond says Solairedirect is also prepared and ready for the National Energy Regulator to roll out its Renewable Energy Feed-In Tariff (REFIT) programme. “As a complete solar power service provider, we look forward to receiving their request for proposal and making grid connected solar power a reality in South Africa,” he says.

“We are just as encouraged by the demand for smaller, non-grid connected systems and again we intend to be a leader in the provision of such systems across Southern Africa.” 

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