Solar Thermal Association of Southern Africa (STASA)

STASA has been setup by key players in the Concentrated Solar Power (CSP) industry in response to the current challenges in the Renewable Energy (RE) market in South Africa and to boost solar development across Southern Africa.

STASA’s mandate is to achieve the following:

  • Fair representation of all CSP industry players in Southern Africa;
  • The advancement of CSP technology and its inclusion into the generation mix in South Africa (Integration Resource Plan [IRP]);
  • Lobbying of key shareholders to ensure the benefits of CSP projects are realised in Southern Africa;
  • Engagement with other associations including SAREC to build a powerful voice for the industry, and the wider community;
  • To ensure the sustainability of the CSP industry in the RE development landscape;
  • Ensure outstanding PPA’s are signed and bid projects announced.

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SAPVIA-logoSouth African Photovoltaic Association (SAPVIA)

The South African Photovoltaic Industry Association (SAPVIA) is a registered not-for-profit association representing members largely made up of developers, manufacturers and service providers operating within the Photovoltaic (PV) industry. SAPVIA currently has over 100 registered members. The association is devoted to promoting the growth of South Africa’s solar PV electricity market, and aims to represent the PV industry before provincial and national authorities, as well as inform decision makers as to the current state of the industry, both in South Africa and abroad. SAPVIA strives to work with government to ensure a successful and sustainable implementation of solar renewable energy into our supply mix, and provide a conduit through which communication between industry and government can be channelled.

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Sustainable Energy Society of Southern Africa (SESSA)

The Sustainable Energy Society of Southern Africa, “SESSA”, is dedicated to the use of renewable energy and energy efficiency including all solar-based energies such as photovoltaics, thermal heating and cooling, wind, biomass and hydro, to name a few. Other utilization possibilities of this principle source of energy are in passive building design and energy efficiency.

The inter-disciplinary nature of SESSA attracts the membership of industry, scientists, researchers, developers and the general public – the only qualification is a keen interest in renewable energy and its utilization to ensure a sustainable energy future. SESSA was founded in 1974 and is one of 50 National Sections of the International Solar Energy Society (ISES). ISES is regarded as the premier body in solar energy with members in over 100 countries. SESSA is the duly appointed African office of ISES.

The mission of SESSA is the creation and continued growth of an authoritative renewable energy forum, in Southern Africa. SESSA also has the following objectives:

  • to promote and increase the use of renewable energy with informal education, demonstration and information dissemination to end-users and other decision makers of all levels;
  • to establish the society as the main regional information centre in close co-operation with similar initiatives;
  • to facilitate in the creation and maintenance of appropriate standards for products, systems or methods and training.

For this purpose SESSA strives to have and maintain a close relationship with other associated and non-associated organisations with similar missions.

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Southern Africa Solar Thermal and Electricity Association (SASTELA)

SASTELALogo220Sastala – established in 2010, is Africa’s only Solar Thermal Association. We boast membership from local and international entities and are affiliates of parallel associations across the world (like ESTALA which representing Europe).

Sastela membership is a solid group of financially strong developers and investors, supporting the activities of the association aimed at developing and realizing a tangible Renewable Energy industry in the region.  We work in partnership with all key stakeholders towards the sustainable growth & development of the African continent.


CSP offers South Africa:

  • Renewable energy which can be produced not only during the day but also stored and supplied to the national grid at peak times after sunset. CSP with heat energy storage is the only renewable energy technology with the ability to deliver electricity consistently during peak times, when it is needed most.
  • Clean electricity to support economic growth while also reducing the country’s excessively high carbon emissions, mainly from coal-fuelled power stations.
  • Local manufacturing of components on a significant scale, thus contributing to development of the green economy and possibly to exports; and
  • Creation of more jobs than any other form of renewable energy.
  • CSP can be hybridized with other energy generation technologies and contribute to lowering the cost of electricity. A CSP unit can supply steam to a fossil fuel power plant and reduce coal consumption and carbon emissions, or work in tandem with industrial steam processing applications.

CSP with heat energy storage is the only renewable energy technology with the ability to deliver electricity consistently during peak times, when it is need most

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