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Two international solar firms have established a joint venture, which will provide engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) services for two solar power projects totalling 132MWp in South Africa for BioTherm Energy.

The companies, Canadian Solar and clean energy developer and operator ET Energy, have formulated the partnership specifically for the  Aggeneys (46MWp) and Konkoonsies II (86MWp) projects, which are located in northwest South Africa and cover an immense area of 387 hectares.

The solar plants are Round IV projects of the Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer Procurement Programme (REIPPPP).

The two solar power plants are expected to be grid-connected by the end of 2019 and early 2020, respectively.

Dr Shawn Qu, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Canadian Solar, said: “These projects are the first large-scale applications of our products in Africa’s high voltage market. We hope to set more benchmarks for the renewable energy market in South Africa with high-quality products, advanced PV technology, and global expertise.”

As a signatory to the Paris Agreement of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, South Africa has long been a leader in the African renewable energy industry.

Earlier this month, the Department of Energy published the latest Integrated Resource Plan (IRP2018) Update outlining the 2030 plan, which will include 8,100MW of new installed solar PV.

The resultant installed capacity mix in the year 2030 and percentage will consist of Solar PV with 7,958MW, making up 10%.