Association for Renewable Energy Practitioners

Registration number: 224-033 NPO (Feb 2019)


  • Is a behind-the-meter non-profit quality assurance organisation that aims to promote the adoption of renewable energy throughout Africa by reducing stakeholder and end-user risk and unlocking finance into the sector.
  • Is a conduit for renewable energy trade, data and installations throughout Africa.
  • Aims to keep industry informed on market trends, latest technologies, applicable standards, growth and best practice.

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AREP's PV Quality Assurance Program

The P4 Quality Assurance program is typically used to compare the knowledge and experience of candidates involved in the solar PV sector and to set a benchmark for quality solar PV installations.
Solar PV QA Program
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South Africa - PV Test

The test has an 80% pass rate and can be written at more than 30 venues throughout SA. If you fail three attempts you will be required to attend a solar PV installer course before being allowed to take the test again.
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Contacts Database

With more than 4000 contractors currently operating in South Africa alone, you would want to have access to the updated list of contractors. Who does what and where do they do it.

Access the membership database as a Founding Member.

Contacts Database

AREP promotes access to:

Solar PV Project funders, contractors, distributors, OEM’s, consultants and other stakeholders

One of the only associations globally that has managed to link finance and quality assurance to solar PV rooftop plants.

AREP is host to the P4 platform which is a quality assurance platform providing a level of auditing and measures the risk profile of contractors through a complex matrix. Reduced project risk promotes finance, investor confidence and end user satisfaction.

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Get Certified as a Solar PV Installer


Register as a member

Membership is FREE. Although AREP does make provision for paid subscription. Membership is FREE for candidates wishing to write a test.

Register for membership with AREP


Book to write a test

There are lots of venues to choose from:

  1. Choose a venue in South Africa
  2. Choose Online P4 when you are based anywhere else


Impress your customers

Use the P4 certificate

  1. During tender submissions as an expression of your activities in the sector.
  2. To claim reduced insurance cover on your PV installations
  3. As evidence of your level of knowledge on the topic of PV and impress your customer with the installation and after sales service.

Membership is FREE!

Yes, membership is free and it will always be free. If you don’t get any value from an industry body, it shouldn’t cost you anything. There are 5 levels of subscription, each offering access to a deeper level of data, reporting and information.

Take a look at the constitution and the association brochure included for your information below.


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Meet the Team

Jock Brown - AREP Chairman

Jock Brown


Jock is proudly an engineer with experience in the global energy industry. He is a founding director at Broadreach Energy, an innovative utility funding company based in Cape Town. Broadreach helps businesses across Sub-Saharan Africa realise their renewable energy and energy efficiency dreams, whilst giving peace of mind that their system will deliver on expectations.
Trevor Tappan - Vice Chair AREP

Trevor Tappan


After qualifying as Master Installation Electrician in 1995, he was promoted to electrical inspector until 2000. From there his career progressed in their family owned business building cellular phone networks. Since 2010 he has been training people in different skills; training people to do it right the first time.

Joslynne Holtzhausen

Freelance Research Assistant

Joslynne is the source of all things related to data and assists with research
Linda Gould

Linda Gould


Linda provides admin support, and has a wealth of experience with NPO’s
Carel Ballack - AREP President

Carel Ballack


Carel manages operations, reports and steering committees.

Founding members

This section is reserved for the logos of Founding members.

A full description of Founding members can be found in the constitution.

Company members

This section is reserved for the logos of Company members.

A full description of Company members can be found in the constitution.