13 June 2013 – The South African department of energy’s Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer (REIPPP) programme has a strong localisation element. By the date of the third REIPPP bid, submissions for solar electricity tenders in South Africa requires that 65% of the total costs attributed to such projects be local. This excludes finance charges and land mobilisation fees of the operations contractor and imported goods and services.

In this context 3W Power/AEG Power Solutions continues to advance its localisation programme with up to 65% of components sourced locally through South African manufacturers.

The company has invested in a utility-scale solar inverter manufacturing facility in Cape Town. The facility, based in Montague Park, Milnerton, was officially opened in September 2012 and became the first in southern Africa to manufacture utility-scale solar inverters locally. The 3,400 m2 facility is capable of producing at least 200 MW a year.

The importance of South Africa’s localisation efforts lies in job creation and global competitiveness. To achieve this, AEG has adopted the strategy of identifying certified and credible local partners, as well as sourcing products that meet global quality standards and local market requirements. To illustrate this, certain individual components of the AEG Power Solutions’ integrated TKS-C container solution have attained a 99% local content score.