JinkoSolar (NYSE: JKS) is an industry leader and the number one solar module manufacturer globally. The company distributes solar products and sells solutions and services to a diversified international utility, commercial and residential customer base in Africa whilst headquartered in Cape Town.
The contribution of Jinko Solar has allowed SAPVIA’s Programme Manager, Niveshen Govender to attend the Solar power International conference as well as the Global Solar Council Strategy Session, AGM and Board Meeting taking place from 26th – 27th September 2018 in Anheim, California. SAPVIA’s participation presents an excellent platform for us to engage with our global contemporaries, benchmark on industry norms and standards, influence decision making and bring key learnings back home. We also intend to consolidate outcomes of the events in our formal submission to the Department of Energy within the sixty day consultation period that has been set by the Minister in relation to the IRP 2018 document.
It is beyond question that the energy sector has dominated news cycles in recent weeks following the release of the Draft Integrated Resource Plan (IRP 2018) by the Energy Minister Jeff Radebe. The plan is a breakdown of how government aims to manage electricity supply and demand between 2018 and 2030 by means of a diverse energy mix. Whilst there was a lack of consistency and government commitment in relation to renewable energy and solar photovoltaic specifically, we remain hopeful and determined to demonstrate our value add in the not so predictable energy landscape.
Recent events have necessitated the need for us to adopt disruptive interventions which include intensified stakeholder engagement, confidence building and global scalability. It is for these reasons that SAPVIA has accepted an invitation to participate in the Solar Power International Conference, taking place in California from 24th to 27th September 2018. The conference is hosted by Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) and the Smart Electric Power Alliance (SEPA).
The focal areas of the event are around the creation of an environment that advances the exchange of ideas, knowledge and expertise to bolster the development of solar energy, smart energy and energy storage in the United States. The conference is an invaluable platform for meaningful networking, enhancement of SAPVIA’s visibility, strengthening of the solar energy industry both domestically and globally as well as the creation of a commercial ecosystem between buyers and suppliers.
We remain steadfast in growing our industry and making sure that our value proposition filters to key decision makers in South Africa. It would be remiss to not take this opportunity to extend our deepest gratitude to Jinko Solar for sponsoring SAPVIA’s participation at these important gatherings – it is through partnerships and collaborations of this nature that meaningful impact can be attained.

Market Segment
System Size
Total Capacity
0 - 30 kWp
Commercial and Industrial (C&I) - SSEG
30kWp - 1MWp
C&I Large Scale and utility scale
1MWP - 50MWp
Utility Scale
> 50MWp