Seminar 21 May – Understanding the PV Rooftop (R)evolution

Are we looking at the ultimate demise of traditional centralised utility companies?


Current research indicates a significant increase in the growth of energy production from renewables, with rooftop solar PV systems having the largest growth potential. This is expected to lead to a leapfrog effect, much like that of mobile phones in Africa during the past 15 years. The effect could disrupt and lead to a world-wide “death spiral” for traditional centralised utility companies.


Please join us for a free 2.5-hour seminar on 21 May @ 09:00 for 09:30 at Nedbank Conference Centre at the V&A Waterfront. Our introductory speaker will be Arnaud Dabancourt who has researched renewable energy and submitted in partial requirements for an Executive Masters in Business Administration (EMBA) his thesis, entitled Rooftop (R)evolution – From Global Trends to National Policies, an Enquiry into the Tensions and Drivers of the Embedded Photovoltaic Industry in South Africa.


  • The Rooftop (R)evolution revisited – Arnaud Dabancourt (Tristan)
  • Technical perspective on PV & Hybrid systems – Dr Bernard Bekker (CRSES)
  • Case Studies – Performance & pay-back – Henri Hattingh (AWPower)
  • Certification – CoCT & JHB City Power – Christiaan Hattingh (AWPower)
  • Financing options – Mark Boshoff (Nedbank)
  • Q&A and refreshments

Venue: Auditorium 1, Nedbank Clocktower, V&A Waterfront
Time: 09:00 for 09:30 to 12:00
Seating is limited, please RSVP to
Contact persons: Madeleine or Gail @ 0861-111-600

About the presenters:

Dr Bernard Bekker

Associate Director – Centre for Renewable and Sustainable Energy Studies, University of Stellenbosch
Dr Bernard Bekker obtained his Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from the University of Cape Town, studying off-grid electrification projects. In June 2017, he joined Stellenbosch University, focusing his research on power- system planning and operation, specifically related to the increasing prevalence of grid-connected, distributed storage and generation.

Mark Boshoff CA(SA)

Head: Strategic Initiatives | Business Banking | Nedbank Ltd
Mark heads up transformation and sustainability for Nedbank Business Banking. He combines 22 years of banking experience with a flair for innovation to “do good with money”.

Arnaud Dabancourt

Managing Director – Tristan Procurement Solutions
Arnaud has conducted extensive research into renewable energy as a resource, with particular reference to rooftop PV. His thesis Submitted in partial requirements for an Executive Masters in Business Administration (EMBA) was completed in December 2016.

Christiaan Hattingh

Chief Operating Engineer – AWPower
Christiaan obtained his BEng in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Stellenbosch and completed a course in Advanced PV Design at the Centre for Renewable Energy Studies at the University of Stellenbosch.

Henri Hattingh

Chief Executive Officer – AWPower
Founding member of the SA Institute for Industrial Engineers, Henri’s successful career in technology companies has earned him numerous awards, including Business Person of the Year from the Chamber of Business and finalist in the Western Cape Chamber of Business Exporter of the Year competition.


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