6 May 2013 – Electrical equipment and engineering group ABB is to provide medium and voltage switchgear, distribution transformers and protection devices for the 75 MW Kathu solar project in South Africa.

The company will also supply an advanced tracking system with a back-tracking algorithm that optimises tracker movement and eliminates shadow on the panels.

The Kathu PV power plant is jointly owned by construction firm WBHO and Building Energy, an Italian renewable energy developer and operator. The Kathu PV power plant is scheduled to become operational in 2014.

The facility is expected to generate about 146 GWh of solar electricity ABB will provide EPC services and commissioning of the plant.