Enertis Solar will perform quality control testing of PV modules in South Africa

Enertis Solar has signed an agreement with the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University in South Africa for the testing of solar photovoltaic modules atthe NMMU’s facilities. Enertis has experience and technical know-how accumulated while providing testing, engineering and advisory services to PV projects totaling over 2,000 MW worldwide. The NMMU has expertise accumulated over years of research on PV modules and related components, and has facilities for testing at its campus in Port Elizabeth. With the South African government’s new drive to promote and implement renewable energy projects, the solar photovoltaic market is one of the industries with highest growth potential in the country. South Africa has a solar irradiation ranging from 1,700 kWh/m2 to 2,300 kWh/m2 ranking among the top countries in the world in terms of expected solar energy production.
The agreement signed between Enertis Solar and the NMMU will enable Enertis Solar to provide clients with quality control services for PV modules to identify performance issues in the most crucial components of a PV plant. Tests will be done by the NMMU according to IEC standards as well as otheraccredited testing procedures.This will ensure proper PV plant function functioning and anticipation and prevention of any potentialissues affecting the plant energy yields, thereby improving plant efficiency.
The collaboration will go beyond testing services and will include sharing of technical know-how and training of university staff and students on testing practices for the solar photovoltaic market.
Enertis Solar makes another addition to its services portfolio in order to help customers secure their solar investments. To date, Enertis Solar hasprovided technical due diligence on three solar photovoltaic plants in South Africa, totaling 100 MW. This agreement will bring Enertis Solar and the NMMU together to provide the renewable energy industry with a crucial and essential service.