SANEA Lecture: The Value of Utility-Scale Thin-Film Photovoltaic (PV) Solar Power Plants

15 May 2013

The Value of Utility-Scale Thin-Film Photovoltaic (PV) Solar Power Plants

Governments globally recognized that without adequate and affordable energy services sustained economic growth cannot be achieved. As electricity produced from solar resource is now well within reach to be competitive with conventional sources, the solar industry is in the midst of a wrenching transition from subsidized to sustainable power markets that will emphasize competition with fossil fuel generation. What makes solar compelling in emerging solar markets such as Africa is different from what helped create the initial market demand in Europe and America. Today’s key PV demand drivers are fossil fuel savings, energy security, energy diversity, optimization of energy infrastructure and the need to add new power resources as quickly as possible – rather than relying on government subsidies.

In her presentation, Laura Luckhurst will talk about the value utility-scale PV power plants bring; providing low cost, long-term price- stable energy through complementary generation assets that can be energized modularly and with short lead-times and she will share First Solar’s experience in building some of the world’s largest PV power plants.

Presented byLaura Luckhurst
Manager of Business Development (Sub-Saharan Africa)
First Solar South Africa

Laura Luckhurst joined First Solar in March, 2008 and currently serves as Manager of Business Development in Sub-Sahara Africa. In this role she leads First Solar’s sales and pipeline execution activities in South Africa.

Prior to her current role, Laura was highly involved in the development and execution of First Solar’s Sustainability Program, including the Company’s product life cycle management approach and its global efforts to ensure that the environmental attributes of PV are understood and valued.
She earned a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Exeter, UK.

SANEA invites you to join us – Register now!
Date: Wednesday, 15 May 2013
Time: 17h30 for 18h00
Join us for refreshments and networking before the lecture begins
Venue: Engen Petroleum Ltd Conference Centre, Ground Floor
Engen Court, Thibault Square
Corner of Riebeeck and Long Street
(Please click here for a map and directions)
Parking: Parking will be available in the staff basement parking. Please supply your vehicle registration number when you register online.
Cost: Free of charge
Register / RSVP: Please click here for the online form to register.
Registration to be done by noon on Monday, 13 May 2013 for catering purposes
More info: Please e-mail or call Virosha at the SANEA Secretariat:
E-mail: sanea / Tel: (031) 368-8000
Cancellation: If you are unable to attend, please cancel your booking by sending an e-mail to:
sanea.SANEA reserves a seat and caters exclusively for you! A cancellation fee of R150-00 per person may be charged if you don’t arrive.

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