On 26 August, Barloworld announced the launch of a new, high performance photovoltaic (PV) solar energy solution targeted at southern Africa’s commercial and industrial (C&I) power segment.

The Cat® Thin Film PV solar energy system features Cat-branded solar PV module technology, manufactured by First Solar, that can deliver up to 4.3% more energy in South Africa than conventional crystalline silicon panels. How? By converting sunlight directly into electricity.

The solar system is the result of a strategic alliance between Caterpillar and First Solar, which has over 13 gigawatts of global experience.

“This solution offers our customers the opportunity to invest in reliable, affordable, high-performance PV modules,” said Grant Kirchmann, business development manager: Solar at Barloworld Power. “The technology is best suited to installation on rooftops or carports for businesses wishing to reduce their energy costs and improve their ‘green’ credentials. It is not only cost-efficient and environmentally-friendly but can also be fully integrated with other Cat power technologies renowned for their superior engineering and reliability.”

Cat® Thin Film technology offers the following benefits:

  • Minimises fuel consumption
  • Reduces CO2 emissions
  • Lowers total cost of ownership
  • Achieves a favourable payback period

The PV systems are available exclusively through Barloworld Power with sizes ranging from 25 kilowatts (kW) to 5 megawatts (MW). Barloworld Power provides installation, commissioning and after-sales support for all deployed systems. The company is currently installing a 300kW test site at sister company Barloworld Equipment’s Isando campus, which is expected to save about R500 000 per year on energy costs. 

“From our own experience, we’ve seen that thin film is the right technology for the C&I segment in southern Africa. As we focus our efforts on utility-scale solar in the country, we are confident that Barloworld Power, with its extensive technical capabilities and sales and support infrastructure, is the right company to drive continued growth for thin film in the C&I segment,” said John Eccles, First Solar’s director for Business Development in Africa.  

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Installation of a 300kW Cat Thin Film PV solar solution by Barloworld Power for sister company Barloworld Equipment in Isando.