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SAPVIA and Messe Frankfurt to Organize Biggest Solar and Energy Storage Event in Africa


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The launch of the first-ever Solar Power Africa Trade Show and Conference to be held in February 2022 has confirmed South Africa’s position in driving the continent’s transition to clean energy.

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Dedicated solely to solar power and energy storage, the three-day event is organized by Messe Frankfurt, the leading trade fair and event organizer, in partnership with the South African Photovoltaic Industry Association (SAPVIA). The event is going to be held at the Cape Town International Convention Centre (CTICC).

The trade show is expected to attract over 100 exhibitors and the attendees will benefit from direct access to expert insights and solutions to a range of energy-related challenges, as well as key trends and developments in the renewable energy sector.

Messe Frankfurt South Africa Group Exhibitions Director Joshua Low said “Solar power is one of the fastest-growing energy sectors globally and, across Africa, we are seeing increasing uptake as governments and industry transition to renewable energy sources.”

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He noted the need to build local capability, policy environment, and empower developers, investors, and operators to develop proper skills, for utilizing Africa’s solar potential. Solar Power Africa encompasses the ambition to support industry players and share knowledge in order to drive the renewable industry forward.

The event is presented in partnership with two of the world’s top solar power and related industry shows – Solar Power Events (SPE), North America’s premier organizer for energy events, and SNEC, the Shanghai-based leading PV tradeshow. The event has received the endorsement of the South African solar industry’s leading membership body SAPVIA.

The Chief Operating Officer at SAPVIA, Niveshen Govender said: “SAPVIA was formed to support the development of South Africa’s solar PV industry, creating an enabling environment that would secure a sustainable solar-powered future. We are delighted to partner with Messe Frankfurt to deliver Solar Power Africa and look forward to three days of insights and engagement that will help accelerate the adoption of solar power across Africa.”

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The solar photovoltaic market of South Africa is growing rapidly, with a target to increase the total installed capacity of electricity supply from solar PV from 3% to 11% by 2030, representing remarkable opportunities for investors, manufacturers, and operators.

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