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Solar PV: Enel breaks ground on 231MW plants across South Africa

EGP SolarOn Tuesday, renewable development and management company Enel Green Power (EGP) announced that it had commenced construction of three solar photovoltaic plants in South Africa.

The Aurora, Paleisheuwel and Tom Burke PV plants will be located in different areas across the country with a combined generation capacity of 231MW.

South African solar PV plants

The Northern Cape Aurora plant is currently on 82.5MW generation output and is estimated to generate an additional 168 GWh per year once in full operation.

According to Enel, the output corresponds to the annual energy needs of around 53,000 South African homes and will save an estimated 153,000 tonnes of CO2 emissions annually.

The Paleisheuwel photovoltaic plant will be developed in the Western Cape with a generation output of 82.5MW. Once the plant reaches optimal operation it will be able to generate a further 153 GWh per year.

These figures meet the energy needs of 48,000 households and can curb around 140, 000 tonnes of CO2 a year, Enel claimed.

Located in the Limpopo Province, the Tom Burke solar PV plant has an installed capacity of 66MW and will have the ability to add 122 GWh a year once fully up and running.

This will meet the energy needs of 38,000 homes in and save 111,000 tonnes of CO2 from being emitted each year.

EGP and Eskom power supply agreement

Enel Green Power has a power purchase agreement in place with state-utility Eskom which states that the generated power from the solar PV plants will be bought by Eskom.

The agreement was granted in the third phase of the Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer Procurement Programme (REIPPPP) tender driven by the South African government in October 2013, Enel said.

EGP’s projects in round 3 of REIPPPP

  • 5MW Pulida photovoltaic park
  • 111MW Gibson Bay wind farm
  • 88MW Cookhouse/ Nojoli wind farm

(Pic credit: solar.energy-business-review)

Nicolette Pombo-van Zyl
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