There is currently a large number of households without access to electricity. A need analysis was completed in collaboration with the Department of Energy and in conclusion, an allocation of 650 households was set aside for Specialized Solar Systems locally produced Solar Home Systems (SHS) installations. These were identified as homes without access to the National Grid which will not be serviced by the National Grid for the next three to five years.
The application which was submitted was subjected to an inspection to verify the need and to discuss the implementation plan and procedures that are required for final allocation. This included adjusting the Integrated Development plan as well as verifying the list of beneficiaries. A provision for maintenance had to be secured in the form of the funds received from the Treasury for indigent members of the community and the allocation of the Free Basic Electricity portion for maintenance.
The equitable fund for indigent residents makes provision for assistance in electrification. It is therefore important that the indigent register stays updated and the information of installations performed will also assist the local municipality in this task.
This process was completed, the inspection by the Department of Energy was performed and 650 installations was allocated to the Collins Chabane Municipality.
Specialized Solar Systems with Subcosol Consortium were appointed as a Department of Energy Service Provider with a three-year contractual obligation to install Solar Home Systems in South Africa, as and where required. This agreement was concluded in 2016 and phase three was completed by the 31st March 2019.
This follows on to the completion of the 1000 non-grid farm workers homes that were installed by Specialized Solar Systems in the Oudsthoorn district on behalf of the Oudtshoorn Municipality in 2017 and also the 1000 non-grid homes in the !Kheis Municipal area successfully completed in March 2018.
The implementation Teams were constituted as follows:
As soon as the consignment of equipment reached the installation sites, it was allocated according to the beneficiary list in that location. The Teams then started the installation process. The administration team followed on with the Beneficiary Acknowledgement Forms where each beneficiary acknowledges that he/she has received the Solar Home System hardware and confirmed that it was successfully installed at the house with the recorded GPS coordinates of the home.
In the Beneficiary Acknowledgement Form (BAF), the beneficiary pledges to abide by the norms and standards of utilization as explained to them. In terms of this pledge, the beneficiary must report any fault or non-performance of the system to the Representative Agent for attention and repair. It is a good measure to prevent tampering and to prepare the installations for the Maintenance Programme.
More applications were received than what was allocated and provided for and names were collected and referred to the Municipality for further application to the DOE.
Solar Vision is the appointed Concessionaire responsible for all maintenance in the Limpopo Province. An information meeting was conducted at the Solar Vision Offices in Polokwane attended by senior management, technical managers and all the team leaders responsible for installations and maintenance. Mateli Mapuntsa from Subcosol, responsible for the operations during the installations period, was also present and communication channels for future collaboration were established.
A maintenance agreement between the Municipality and Solar Vision is in place which facilitates the collection of FBE funds to perform the ongoing maintenance.
Specialized Solar Systems will facilitate the further training of the maintenance team as and when required as well as the availability of replacement parts and additional equipment and appliances to be installed on the beneficiaries’ request.