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 Platforms

Quality Assurance platforms can be used by anyone with an interest in the sector to compare the knowledge and experience of any candidate on solar PV technologies.
Solar PV QA Platform
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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.
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AREP is all about data, reports and market related information specialising in the solar PV sector throughout Africa. AREP owns the largest and most extensive database of personally owned solar PV installations in Africa consisting of more than 138 000 installations. The research methodology, covers; how data is sourced, how it is listed and the use of information in the database.

First Report for 2019

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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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.

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Choose a QA platform

There are 2 QA platforms. Choose a platform

  1. Choose the SSP if you are based in South Africa
  2. Choose Online P4 when you are based anywhere else


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

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Greg Blandford


Greg brings years of experience to AREP as director for one of the largest solar PV distributors in South Africa.
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Natarajan Monahur


Also known as MK, and a CA from India. Natarajan heads up the team for a module manufacturer based in India.

Joslynne Holtzhausen

Freelance Research Assistant

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

Linda Gould


Linda provides admin support, and has a wealth of experience with NPO’s
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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.