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GRS achieves COD for the Greefspan II photovoltaic plant

GRS, a Gransolar Group company, has announced that they have reached commercial operations date on its Greefspan II photovoltaic plant. Located in South Africa’s Northern Cape province, the energy generated annually by the 63.2 MWdc facility is a lifeline for the people of that part of the country.

Greefspan II will supply enough energy to cater for the electricity demand of 20,000 households. In addition it will help to avoid the emission of 130,000 tons of CO2 into the atmosphere.

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Dylan Tudor-Jones, GRS country manager: “The country requires new sustainable electricity supply capacity in order to support the growth and recovery of the economy from COVID-19”.

Greefspan II has 188,822 photovoltaic modules that will produce approximately 150,000MWh of clean energy each year. This provides a constant flow of supply for an estimated 20,000 South African households.

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Sustainability required

Another important aspect of new electricity production in South Africa is the environmental one. “GRS has followed and implemented all the mitigation measures set out in the Environmental Management Programme approved by the government”, said Tudor-Jones.

Therefore, it has ensured that the rehabilitation plan for the area will be implemented at the end of the project. In addition, the Greefspan II PV project is inherently sustainable because its annual electricity production will prevent the emission of 130,000 tons of CO2 into the atmosphere.

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Job opportunities in local communities at Greefspan II photovoltaic plant

Greefspan II generated around 700 local jobs, throughout the duration of the construction phase of the project, for people and businesses from local communities in and around Douglas.

In addition, a group of community workers have been recruited and trained to carry out the operation and maintenance tasks, following the highest quality standards, ensuring that the service meets all the requirements and needs of the client.

Greefspan II is GRS’s fourth O&M project in South Africa, all in partnership with Umbono Energy Partners. These include the Lesedi (Northern Cape), Letsatsi (Free State) and Jasper (Northern Cape) power plants.

Nomvuyo Tena
Nomvuyo Tena is a Content Producer at Clarion Events Africa and is as passionate about the energy transition in Africa as she is about music and Beyonce.