This report is subdivided into two sections.
  • Section 1 covers the investment into the PV sector for 2016 and;
  • Section 2 covers a brief aggregated analysis on equipment used in the solar PV sector in South Africa displaying the combined equipment used in installations throughout the PQRS data-set as from the year 2000.

Research Methodology

Our research methodology has been refined and added as a page to the PQRS website. Margins of error,data integrity and how the various parameters affect the quality of PQRS data is covered in more detail in that document.

R2bn invested in the private PV sector in 2016

With 120MW installed during 2016, the estimated commercial value for PV installations for the year 2016 can be calculated by converting the generation capacity into:
  • Number of systems installed and
  • Ave. cost per system installed.
    • The average cost for systems installed varied significantly from Jan 2016 to Dec 2016. This could have been attributed to a number of factors affecting the market such as the Rand dollar exchange rate during the start of 2016 and a declining module cost in rand per watt towards the end of 2016. In our special report for Jan 2017 we shared how values were calculated. In summary, prices varied between R60/w for systems that included storage where systems are in the region of 1-5kWp, all the way down to less than R11/w rates for grid tied systems, installed towards the end of the year and above 1MW on the other end of the scale.
Table 1 shows the number of systems installed throughout 2016 based on factors obtained from a similar study conducted in Feb 2016 by PQRS, where the aim of the Feb 2016 study was to identify the average system size over 4 ranges of PV system installations. It is important to note that values indicated in the “nr of installations” column are calculated values for systems estimated to have been installed during 2016 alone and a “wild-card” error margin would be applied to the values in columns 2,3 and 4. See our research methodology for more info on the “wild card” error margin. S.A. Solar PV installation table borken down into ranges of installations

Costs allocated to solar PV installations - 2016

Table 2 shows the potential minimum turnover for the PV sector in the event where sales volumes are aligned with Table 1. The PV Sector in “worst” case scenario exceeded R2bn in sales volume for the year 2016 assuming the lowest identified rate per watt PV installed and assuming that all modules that were sold were in fact installed. At the time of publishing the report it was known that a certain amount of modules may have been in storage as stock was secured at 2016 prices. This should not have a dramatic affect on values as the roll-over of stock from one year to the next would be an ongoing occurrence. Roll-over or stock in storage has not been taken into consideration for this report. Table 2 shows the cost per range per watt for PV solar systems in SA for 2016 In the event where the increase in sales for 2017 shows a 16% growth year-on-year as was the case for growth in sales from 2015 to 2016 (Graph 1.3.3); 2017 could see 136MW installed on a “conservative” margin of error philosophy keeping in mind that grid stability, exchange rate, installed cost per watt relative to grid power and the competitive environment will all affect growth for the sector.

Equipment Report

Values in this report are based on data contained in the PQRS database. The database currently consists of 138000 installations with an estimated generation capacity of 189MW. For more information on the reliability of the data and integrity of the report please read our research methodology. Results for this portion of the report is presented according to our "realistic" level of reporting which is described in more detail in our research methodology. With the publishing of these values, data contained in the database is simply displayed in a collated form without trying to create predictions of future brand growth, market share or the various economics associated with disparate types of equipment related to solar PV installations. This report reflects values associated to 4 types of equipment:
  1. Modules
  2. Inverters
  3. Batteries
  4. Mounting Structures
These four types of equipment typically represent the high value items used in solar PV systems as represented on the PQRS database. Names appear as they have been submitted and it may be that a listing reflects the supplier of the type of equipment opposed to an actual brand representing that specific type of equipment. As an example a contractor may have bought equipment from 'Supplier A' and all equipment may be branded with the exception of mounting structures. The listing would then be submitted using the brand name of the supplier as the brand name to represent the mounting structure, i.e. "Supplier A Mounting Structure". These instances have not been amended and names appear as submitted. Names not appearing in the lists of equipment were not known as that those brands even existed at the time of publishing the report.

Numbering of tables and graphs:

  1. Modules
    1. Table 10.1 Brand availability in SA based on brands we are aware of.
    2. Table 10.3 Module brand preference in SA as listed at PQRS
      1. 33 Different brands of modules available in SA.
  2. Inverters
    1. Table 20.1 Brand availability in SA based on brands we are aware of.
    2. Table 20.3 Inverter brand preference in SA as listed at PQRS
      1. 88 Brands of inverters available in SA
  3. Batteries
    1. Table 30.1 Brand availability in SA based on brands we are aware of.
      1. 75 Different brand of batteries across three main technologies.
  4. Mounting Structures
    1. Table 40.1 Brand availability in SA based on brands we are aware of.
    2. Table 40.3 Mounting Structure brand preference in SA as listed at PQRS
These four types of equipment typically represent the high value items used in solar PV systems as reflected in the PQRS database.

Modules

Table 10.1 Brand availability - Module Brands in Table 10.1 appear in alphabetical order and shows known module brands in SA as at Feb 2017.

Table 10.1 Module brand availability as at Feb. 2017

Nr.Brand nameNr.Brand nameNr.Brand nameNr.Brand name
1Amerisol10ET Solar19Jinko Solar28SunPower Solar
2Aquasol11First Solar20Luxen29Suntech
3Astronergy12GC Solar21Nura30Tenesol
4Bosch13Hanwha22Renesola31Trina Solar
5BYD (Art)14Hyundai23Renewsys32Winaico
6Canadian Solar15IBC Solar24Set Solar33Yingli
7Csun mono16ienergy25Shine
8Eging17ILB Helios26Solar Frontier
9Enersol18JA Solar27SolarworldTable 10.1
    Table 10.3 Brand preference - Module brand "Unknown" denotes the generation capacity of listings where the brand name of the modules are not known. Please see the "unknown" and "listings" in our research methodology for clarity around the definition assigned to these terms. It should be noted that values that appear as '0' zero in Table 10.3 (at the lower end of the table) is an indication that although the brand is known, there are no listings in the data base where the brand was specified as being the brand used in that particular installation. This could be as a result of contractors or EPCs' not reflecting these brands when submitting data to the data base or because the column did not exist at the time of listing. The column capturing the brands of equipment used was only added towards the end of 2015 meaning that a substantial number of systems had been listed before making provision for listing equipment brand used. Let's clarify the statement in the above mentioned paragraph. Values indicated in table 10.3 are a collated version of the total PQRS database. If it is not listed, it is not reflected.

Table 10.3 Module brand preference in PQRS Data Feb. 2017

Nr.BrandCapacity
Table 10.3
1Unknown128217
2Canadian Solar18845
3Yingli7836
4Trina Solar5992
5First Solar5629
6Solarworld4460
7Renesola4017
8Jinko Solar3841
9Solar Frontier2710
10Mixed2032
11Nura1277
12BYD (Art)1263
13Shine545
14ET Solar388
15JA Solar352
16Hanwha304
17ILB Helios300
18Astronergy275
19Bosch250
20Renewsys (to be updated)250
21Luxen165
22Winaico148
23Suntech113
24Solairedirect Technologies (EnerSol & AquaSol)85
25Csun mono41
26ienergy30
27ienergy30
28Eging13
29SunPower Solar12
30Set Solar8
31Hyundai6
32Tenesol4
33IBC Solar0
34Amerisol0
35GC Solar0
189 438kWp

Inverters

Table 20.1 Brand availability - Brands are listed in alphabetical order and shows known inverter brands at the time of publishing this report.

Table 20.1 Inverter brand availability in SA as at Feb. 2017

Nr.Brand nameNr.Brand nameNr.Brand nameNr.Brand name
1ABB23Ellies45KACO67Selectronic
2AE Renewables24Embassy Off-Grid46KLNE(Beijing Kinglong New Energy)68SF Sonic
3AEG25Enersolis47Kyoto69Siemens
4AEI Power GmbH26Enphase48Luminous70SMA
5Anhui (EHE New Energy)27Exeron49Magnum71Socomec
6APS28Extender50Meanwell72Solaredge
7Axpert29Firefly51Mecer73Solarfox
8Bosch30Friem52Microcare74Solar Frontier
9Bright Black Inverter31Fronius53MLT (Karoo-PowerStar-Oasis)75Solax
10CB Solar (Axpert)32Goodwe54MrPower Off-Grid76Soltra
11Chint33GridMax55New Earth Energy (Akspert)77Steca
12Consol34Growatt56NEXA Off-Grid78Studer Off-Grid
13Cotek Off-grid35Hawkins Off-Grid57Omnik New Energy79Sunniva
14Danfoss36Huawei58Omnipower Off-Grid80Sunsys by Socomec
15Darfon - Micro inv.37Icon59Omron81Tenesol Energrid
16Delta38IEnergy Micro inv.60Outback82TES Off-Grid
17Devel Off-Grid39Imeon61Platinum83Tescom SS(Axpert)
18Diehl AKO40Infini62ProLink84Tigo - Optimizer
19Eaton41Ingeteam63RefuSol85Victron
20Eco-Hybrid42INVT64Renesola86X-Hybrid
21Ecco Off-Grid43JFY65Samil Power87ZeverSolar
22Efacec Central inv44Jiangu66Schneider88Ziehl
Table 20.1
    Table 20.3 Brand preference - "Unknown" denotes the generation capacity of listings where the brand name of the modules are not known. Please see the "unknown" and "listings" in our research methodology for clarity around the definition assigned to these terms. It should be noted that values that appear as '0' zero in Table 10.3 (at the lower end of the table) is an indication that although the brand is known, there are no listings in the data base where the brand was specified as being the brand used in that particular installation. This could be as a result of contractors or EPCs' not reflecting these brands when submitting data to the data base or because the column did not exist at the time of listing. The column capturing the brands of equipment used was only added towards the end of 2015 meaning that a substantial number of systems had been listed before making provision for listing equipment brand used. "Pump inverter / VSD" - This item does not indicate a brand but rather the type of inverter in question. This report does not cover brand names for Pump inverters or Variable Speed Drives. Some brands are not well represented in PQRS data such as inverter brands that used to primarily serve the off-grid market. The "unknown" inverter brand represents a substantial portion of inverters installed and these historically off-grid brands may very well be represented in the "unknown" column and could also be represented in the "mixed" column as Victron for example can be used in conjunction with other brands.

Table 20.3 Inverter brand preference in SA as listed at PQRS

Nr.CapacityBrand
Total189146 kWpTable 20.3
144274SMA
212575Delta
312206KACO
411079Schneider
57792Mecer & Axpert
67295Microcare
73720ABB
83413Fronius
92283Solaredge
101594Imeon
111112Goodwe
12882Diehl Ako Platinum
13790CHINT
14720Bright Black Inverter
15420Steca
16346MLT
17168Eversec
18168Ingeteam
19132Enphase
20130Mixed
21113Victron
2296Infinisolar
2330ienergy micro
2425Outback
2524Firefly
2618Zeversolar
2710AEG
289Growatt
296Samil
305Advanced Energy
315SolaX
323Power Solutions Inv
331Jiangu
341Geyserwise
351Cotec
361Storm
371APS
3852092Unknown
3922501Pump inv / VSD
403100N/A

Batteries

Brands are listed in alphabetical order and also arranged according to technology. No provision has been made to attempt breaking down technologies into sub-technologies for example Li-ion Manganese or Li-ion Phosphate or Lead acid separated into the various chemistries. Technologies represented are Lead Acid, Li-ion and flow type batteries available in SA as brands known to PQRS to be available locally at the time of publishing the report.
    
Nr.Lead AcidNr.Lead Acid
1Aspen30Monbat
2AGMG+31Mypower
3BAE32Narada
4Betta33North Star
5BSB34Omnipower
6Ceil (+NXT)35OMRON
7Celtec36Panzerplatte Gel
8CS337Powerman
9Delkor38Probe batteries
10Deltec39Raylite (FNB)
11Discovery40Ritar
12Dixon41Royal
13Duratec42Shoto
14EnergyBox43Solar one
15Enersys44Solatron
16Enertec (Energizer)45Sonex
17Excis (FNB)46Sonic
18Exide47Sonnenschein
19Fiamm48SonX
20First National49Stride
21General50Sukam
22Gridswitch51Sunlight
23Havano industries (IBT)52Tasol
24Haze53Trojan
25Hoppecke54UPS Direct
26Kage55US Batteries
27Matrix56Victron
28Mecer57Vision
29MHB58Willard
Li-ion
Nr.Li-ionNr.Li-ion
1Akasol Neocube Li-ion7Tesla Powerwall
2Blue Nova Li-ion8BMZ
3FreedomWon Li-ion9Zettajoule
4LG chem Li-ion10MyPower24
5BattCo Li-ion 11Extra2000 (SolaX)
6Icon Li-ion 12Victron
Flow
Nr.FlowNr.Flow
1Redflow (ZBM)4Van. Red. Flow(REDT)
2Imergy (Flow)5Aquion
3VizN Redox Flow
Table 30.1 Brand availability

Mounting Structures

Nr.BrandCapacity
1Unknown152216,26
2Schletter16143,2
3Pia Solar10879
4Valsa2334,7
5Safintra1500
6Rubicon1378
7Romano Structure1247
8Clipset672
9Renusol590,5
10S Flex275
11Illaanga253
12Clever Devices196
13Scnetler FS2168
14Tritec SA160
15Solarstrut134,92
16Terrafix112
17Clenergy60
18Knubix41,25
19Lock Solar31
20Custom23,2
21Chikolar22
22Solarworld20
23Lizard18,78
24Solsquare2,7
25AC/DC2
Table 40.3188480kWp
Table 40.3 Brand preference - "Unknown" denotes the generation capacity of listings where the brand name of the modules are not known. Please see the "unknown" and "listings" in our research methodology for clarity around the definition assigned to these terms. It should be noted that values that appear as '0' zero in Table 10.3 (at the lower end of the table) is an indication that although the brand is known, there are no listings in the data base where the brand was specified as being the brand used in that particular installation. This could be as a result of contractors or EPCs' not reflecting these brands when submitting data to the data base or because the column did not exist at the time of listing. The column capturing the brands of equipment used was only added towards the end of 2015 meaning that a substantial number of systems had been listed before making provision for listing equipment brand used.