2 September 2013 – Utility scale photovoltaic (PV) project developer, juwi, which has an installed a capacity of 468 MWp in large scale PV projects (10 MWp+), expects to complete a 7.0 MW solar PV plant near Rustenburg within months. It is the first of four engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) projects the company won in South Africa during the first tendering round under the Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer Programme (REIPPP). The plant’s scheduled commercial operating date is in November 2013.
When completed, the utility-scale solar farm in the North West Province will have a total module surface of 94,650 square meters. More than 29,000 photovoltaic modules will transform solar energy into electricity. Per year, the photovoltaic system will produce more than 12.5 million kilowatt hours (kWh). This equals the annual electricity consumption of several thousand low-income households.
While the project in Rustenburg is about to be completed soon, the construction works on two other juwi projects are already in full swing. In the Northern Cape, the Cape Town-based renewable energy specialist is constructing two 10.7 MW utility-scale solar farms. All construction works are on schedule. Both these power plants are scheduled to be connected to the grid in December, 2013. The fourth, five MW plant in the Western Cape is due to begin construction later in 2013, once the Eskom sub-station to support the plant is constructed.