De Aar Solar Power, located in the Northern Cape of South Africa began the 50 MW project’s energisation process on Sunday, 24 November 2013. Prior to the energisation the company warned that due to the power/electricity in the De Aar area being on a radial feed from Eskom, power was to be taken out for almost fourteen hours for this process, which would affect the whole town of De Aar.
The energisation process is a major construction milestone for this independent power producer as it will allow for the export of electricity to the Eskom grid. The majority of work and tests have already been done, prior to the energisation process. The energisation and online tests will in essence verify what the completed cold commissioning tests have already confirmed.
De Aar Solar Power is majority owned by Globeleq and its consortium partners, Mainstream Renewable Power South Africa, Thebe Investment Corporation, the Rebuna Litsasi Trust, Enzani Technologies and Usizo Engineering. Siemens is the engineering, procurement and construction contractor for the project and will provide maintenance services for the first five years of operation. Construction is managed by Mainstream Construction. The project company is managed by Globeleq.