Eskom is serious about participating in South Africa’s renewable energy sector; it is constructing the Sere Wind Farm, has advanced its plans for a 100 MW concentrating solar power (CSP) facility and has a number of photovoltaic (PV) projects planned.
Over the past two years Eskom has undertaken five photovoltaic projects, amounting to approximately 2.0 MWp. “This 2.0 MWp, which can electrify the equivalent of 1,500 standard homes, is all for self-consumption by Eskom and does not feed into the grid,” senior general manager at Eskom’s renewables unit, Ayanda Nakedi, says.
Three of these projects are located at Eskom’s Megawatt Park head office complex, one being rooftop PV for its parking areas and another being PV on the rooftop of the building itself. The third project at Megawatt Park features a concentrated photovoltaic (CPV) system which Nakedi says can be described as a research and development initiative. The other two PV projects are at the Lethabo and Kendal power stations respectively.