Thank you to all who participated in The Solar south africa congress 2012. 

Browse this website for a review of the event.

This year’s Solar South Africa got off to a fantastic start and we welcomed more than 150 attendees to the Michelangelo hotel in Johannesburg.

Kicking off with keynotes from government departments and agencies including the Department of Energy, National Treasury, Eskom and Nersa, attendees had the chance to get up-to-date with the latest policy and regulatory updates and question our experts on their proposals for the coming months.

Closing the first morning, Standard Bank’s Alastair Campbell also gave an excellent presentation on the bid process from a financial perspective covering issues such as bankability, EPC contracts, local content and the cost of lending.

In the afternoon, developers came together to reflect on what’s been learned from the past 2 rounds of the REIPPP process touching on questions around the practical process of completing the bid, as well as issues such as bid evaluation criteria, local manufacturing, the potential for developing the grid, resource availability, community engagement, government agency co-ordination and much more.

“It’s an extremely exciting time for the South African solar market and with so much to discuss it’s been a busy two days” said Harriet O’Brien, Director of Solar South Africa. “The Solar South Africa congress provides a forum for policy makers, project developers, equipment manufacturers and the finance community to discuss key factors that determine investment and new project planning in this burgeoning market.”

Highlights of day 2 included discussions on the hot topic of local content, the role of CSP in relation to PV, environmental assessment and management, technology and the future of the South African solar market.

The post-event Finance day also drew a diverse crowd which allowed for some fascinating discussions addressing the financial sector’s current appetite for funding solar projects as well as topics like black empowerment, EPC contract negotiating, liquidity, grid connectivity and how to choose a project to fund.

If you missed the event, speaker presentations are available to download. Contact  

Key note speaker




Mr Thabang Audat, Chief Director of Electricity, Nuclear and Clean Energy             

Other Expert Speakers included:

Linda Mabhena, Senior Legal and Compliance Director, Mulilo Renewable Energy Linda Mabhena,
Senior Legal and Compliance Director,
Mulilo Renewable Energy (read the 60 second interview)
Marc Immerman,
Barry MacColl, Acting General Manager, Research, Test and Development, Group Technology Division, Eskom Barry MacColl,
Acting General Manager, Research, Test and Development, Group Technology Division,
Eskom  (read the 60 second interview)
Stefano Sommadossi,  Chief Executive Officer, NextEnergy Capital
Ronald Chauke, Head of Department Electric Regulatory Reform, National Energy Regulator of South Africa
Chris Haw, Managing Director,  Aurora Power / Chairman, SAPVIA
Trevor De Vries, Managing Director - Sub Saharan Africa, AEG Power Linda Thompson, Project Developer, South African Mainstream Power
Jasandra Nyker, Chief Executive Officer, BioTherm Energy


  • Zola Mkumla, Commercial director, Scatec Solar South Africa
  • Kelley Starke-Dow, Chief Executive Officer, Kensani Capital Advisory
  • Boris Westphal, Managing Director, Suntrace
  • Omar Vajeth, Head of Power and Energy, ABSA
  • Kai Arentz, Managing Director, Texforce
  • Sekhar Subramoney, Programme Manager, Momentous Energy
  • Victor Santos, Head of International Business Development, Gestamp Solar
  • Vikesh Rajpaul, Senior Manager - CSP, Eskom  
  • Paul Eardley Taylor, Director: Investment Banking Coverage, Standard Bank  
  • Jasandra Nyker, Chief Executive Officer, BioTherm Energy 
  • Lyn Brown, Senior Environmental Scientist, SRK Consulting 

Plus many more. Click here for a full list of speakers

Past attendee testimonials

"Very good; well organised with a focussed approach to Solar Energy"
Charles Wiggill, South Africa Representative, PV Line Germany

"Excellent; absolutely essential if you are in the PV industry in South Africa"
Mark Bleloch, Director, SunSpot SA

"Good; the Conference was well organised and attended"
Khanyiso Zihlangu, Deputy Director, Department of Energy

"Good; this is an excellent opportunity to interact with the complete spectrum of those involved in the solar industry across South Africa"
Colin Turner, Managing Director, greenTEK ventures