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Solar Power Conference 2012 in Cape Town

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The fascinating world of renewable energy will fall under the spotlight during the week of 27 to 30 August at Solar Power Africa 2012, the solar power conference in Cape Town. The conference will be held at the Southern Sun in Newlands and visitors can get around by hiring a car or making use of the shuttle service that The Southern Sun provides. 

The solar power conference in Cape Town: what you can expect

At the solar power conference in Cape Town you will enjoy 20 hours of insightful presentations, key strategic master classes, more than six hours of networking with key role players, one-on-one meeting opportunities, interactive panel discussions and interesting exhibitions.

The government, energy ministries, investors, energy regulators, energy efficiency bodies, IPPs and developers will share their knowledge and ideas on how they plan to pace solar power development in South Africa.

Solar Power development will be the main topic during this solar power conference in Cape Town.                                             Photo: AnnaS23

You will also be able to meet and talk to key influencers in African alternative energy such as the Ministry of Energy, Treasury and Environmental Affairs and solar power project developers, to name a few.

Solar Power in Africa: where do we stand?

According to, the rapid growth and social development in Africa has put a lot of pressure on power grids in Africa. For this reason, role players are looking for ways to increase the generation of renewable energy, now more than ever, specifically solar power. There are, however, certain challenges that slow down the pace of solar power development. Policy and regulation, cost, financing and investment, infrastructure development and quality and reliability of technology, are just a few of these challenges.

If you want to learn more about what can be done to overcome these challenges, the solar power conference in Cape Town is a great way to be educated and get involved in this positive initiative. 

Frequently asked questions about the solar power conference 2012 in Cape Town

  • When is the conference being held?

The conference takes place from 27 to 30 August 2012. 

  • How much will it cost to attend?

If you want to attend the conference only, it is R12 000.00 if pay with a credit card and R12 700.00 if you do a bank transfer. You can attend one of the workshops as well, which will be an additional amount.

  • When and where can I pay?

Payment must be received before the conference and can be made online by credit card or by electronic bank transfer once you have registered on the official Solar Power Africa 2012 page.

  • Are meals included?

Yes, snacks and lunches are included in the solar power conference in Cape Town. 

  • How do I get there?

Once you have register ed on the official Solar Power Africa page, you will receive a hotel and conference venue location map.

  • What about accommodation?

The conference will be held in the Southern Sun Hotel which is situated in Newlands in the Southern Suburbs. Set between the Cape Town CBD and Constantia, you will find Newlands and Rondebosch which are both close to sports stadiums and the upmarket suburb of Claremont.  If the Southern Sun is fully booked, there are loads of other places to stay in this area. See a list of accommodation options in Cape Town, which aren't more than 15 minutes' drive from where the conference is being held. 

Hire a car to get you around during the week of the solar conference and explore all Cape Town has to offer. Also check out all conferences being held in South Africa for the rest of the year.

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Cheréne Pienaar

Cheréne Pienaar Title: Blog Contributor
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  1. Gravatar AGS Solar says:

    Personally we are very excited that this conference has come to Cape Town. We look forward to many more similar conventions where industry leaders can get together to share knowledge and raise awareness to the importance of solar technology and the impact it will have on South Africans’ lives.

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  2. Gravatar Bianca van der Bergh says:

    Hi AGS Solar
    It is really great that the Solar Power Africa 2012 conference came to Cape Town. Raising awareness of the importance of solar technology in South Africa is crucial - especially with the proposed 16% electricity tariff increase. Solar technology is definitely something to consider.

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