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South Africa gets first utility-scale solar inverters facility

25 September 2012 – A 200 MW capacity facility in Cape Town has begun operations to produce utility scale solar inverters and combiner boxes for monitoring systems. AEG Power Solutions, which owns the facility,was a bidder in the first three rounds of South Africa’s Independent Power Producer Procurement Programme (IPPPP).

Based in Milnerton, this 3,400 m2factory was built specifically for the manufacture of the company’s utility-scale solar inverters and Skytron combiner boxes, and is the first facility of its kind in southern Africa. At the opening celebration, AEG Power Solution’s managing director for South Africa, Trevor de Vries, said the plant had begun operations ahead of schedule in June 2012.

Horst Kayser, CEO of AEG Power Solutions group says, “Over the past few years, AEG Power Solutions has equipped and commissioned more than 860 utility-scale solar installations around the world. We will be using this facility, as well as our international expertise, to grow South Africa’s role in this important industry sector across the continent.”

According to de Vries, the facility has already played a role in furthering government’s independent power producer (IPP) procurement localisation programme. As the only local producer of utility scale solar inverters, AEG Power Solutions is uniquely positioned to help all the IPPs involved in solar projects to meet these requirements.