AFRICA – Jearrard Energy Resources (JER) Group, a renewable energy project developer in Sub-Saharan Africa, has appointed former Eskom executive Jan Oberholzer as a non-executive director.

Oberholzer’s extensive knowledge of the African energy sector enhances JER’s board, bolstering its expertise and capacity.

In his new role, Oberholzer will provide advisory support during the implementation and expansion of JER’s solar-to-green-hydrogen projects in Mozambique and other Southern African countries.

JER is spearheading a groundbreaking 12 GW solar-to-green-hydrogen facility in Mozambique, complemented by a green hydrogen export facility.

This initiative aims to supply green hydrogen for export at the port, as well as to power plants, nano- and micro-grid solutions for villages, and townships. Collaborative efforts with Mozambican authorities will drive the rollout of these solutions.

“We eagerly anticipate collaborating with Jan on these transformative projects as JER contributes, albeit modestly, to the global objective of achieving net zero emissions by 2050,” remarked a JER spokesperson.

In addition to his role at JER, Jan Oberholzer also serves as the chairman of South African IPP, Mulilo Energy Holdings. However, no conflicts of interest have been identified between his positions at JER and Mulilo.

SAPVIA CEO appointed to Global Solar Council

In a related development, Dr. Rethabile Melamu, CEO of the South African Photovoltaic Industry Association (SAPVIA), has been appointed to the board of the Global Solar Council, an international solar power industry organization. Dr. Melamu’s tenure will span two years.

Dr. Melamu expressed gratitude for the appointment, highlighting the board’s commitment to advancing the Global Solar Council’s mission of promoting cost-competitive, resilient, and sustainable solar power worldwide.

The council’s board comprises representatives from emerging and established markets, as well as corporate entities across the solar supply chain, spanning every continent.

“I am excited to collaborate with fellow board members in sharing best practices from diverse continents and economies. Our collective endeavor is a global one, and I am honored to contribute to this esteemed group,” Dr. Melamu remarked.

The Global Solar Council, headquartered in Washington DC, serves as the solar energy industry’s global advocate, representing national, regional, and international associations, along with leading corporations in the solar sector.

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