In a strategic move to fortify its foothold in the burgeoning solar energy landscape of South Africa, GameChange Solar (GCS) has officially inaugurated a dedicated training, service, and technical support center. This center, exclusive to its cutting-edge Genius Tracker™ solar trackers, is poised to enhance local expertise and support for solar projects in the region.
Unveiling GameChange Solar's Innovation Hub in Cape Town
GameChange Solar, a global leader in solar tracker and fixed-tilt racking technology, has chosen Cape Town, South Africa, as the home for its new training and service center. This strategic location aligns with Cape Town's prominence as a hub for the solar industry in the region. The center will be manned by seasoned local experts, ensuring that the training and technical support provided are tailored to the specific requirements of solar project owners and Engineering, Procurement, and Construction (EPC) companies. This hands-on approach aims to elevate the quality of service throughout the project lifecycle.
Elevating Training Standards: From Construction to Assembly
One of the key functions of the new center is to conduct comprehensive training programs for EPC companies and installation technicians. The focus will be on imparting knowledge related to the construction and assembly of the various components of the Genius Tracker™ solar trackers. Integral to the center is a warehouse stocked with GameChange Solar's state-of-the-art equipment. This strategic provision ensures swift and efficient support for ongoing and upcoming projects in the region, minimizing downtime and streamlining project execution.
Russ Bowden's Vision
Russ Bowden, the Regional Director for Southern Africa at GameChange Solar, emphasized the significance of establishing a local training center. He highlighted the importance of responding promptly to the evolving needs of customers, a crucial aspect considering the current growth trajectory of GameChange Solar's business in Africa. Bowden emphasized, "By providing an in-person training center in Cape Town, the South African hub for the solar industry, we will be able to deliver higher quality hands-on local training and service for solar project owners and EPCs before, during, and after project construction."
Derick Botha's Enthusiasm
Derick Botha, Chief Commercial Officer for GameChange Solar, expressed excitement about the evolution of GameChange Solar in the South African market. He described the opening of the training and service center in Cape Town as a significant milestone resulting from the notable growth and acceptance of GameChange Solar's technology in the region since its entry in 2021. Botha highlighted the appeal of GameChange Solar's technology, characterized by low installation and maintenance costs, which has resonated positively within the South African region.
Revolutionizing Solar Power Optimization
The Genius Tracker™ system boasts innovative design features such as preassembled Speed Clamps™ for rapid installation. It further optimizes power production through WeatherSmart™ and SmartStow™ modes, ensuring efficient tilt adjustments during overcast periods and minimizing stow time during severe weather to maximize production. Africa holds 60% of the world's best solar resources, yet only commands 1% of solar generation capacity. GameChange Solar's strategic move aligns with the projections of the International Energy Agency (IEA), anticipating a substantial increase in Africa's installed solar capacity from 5 GW in 2020 to over 25 GW by 2040.
GameChange Solar's new training and service center in Cape Town represents more than a physical space; it signifies a commitment to local empowerment, expertise, and excellence in advancing the solar energy landscape in South Africa.