Dr Rethabile Melamu takes the helm as the newly appointed CEO of the South African Photovoltaic Industry Association (SAPVIA), effective from May 2022, as the association looks to the next decade of solar energy development.

A chemical and environmental engineer by training, Melamu is an internationally recognised thought leader and well known for her expertise in the green economy and green energy sectors. She has leveraged both the theoretical and practical to harness innovative, smart technologies to mitigate the impact of climate change in society, with a dedicated focus on sustainable development in Africa.

Melamu also brings to SAPVIA her on-the-ground experience of developing sub-national energy, green economy and public sector strategies and policies from inception to implementation. She has been recognised as one of the ‘Women in the public sector who are changing South Africa’. Her private and public sector technical and strategic leadership experience is sure to be an asset to SAPVIA as the association charts a path forward to continue growing the solar PV sector’s role in South Africa’s energy future, in collaboration with government, the private sector and other stakeholders.

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Total Capacity
0 - 30 kWp
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30kWp - 1MWp
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