Scatec Solar, Norwegian company specializing in photovoltaics (solar electricity), has connected its first solar farm to the South African grid. The new operation adds 86 MW of the 258 MW required in the solar power complex currently operating in Upington, South Africa.
“We are pleased to reach another milestone with the grid connection of our fourth solar power plant in South Africa, with a combined capacity of 276 MW. South Africa continues to be a very important market for Scatec Solar,” says Raymond Carlsen, CEO of Scatec Solar.
Carlsen goes on to say that they are developing more project opportunities in the country, from within the utility-scale segment to container-based solar solutions, namely Scatec Solar’s Release project.
The new 86 MW solar power plant, named Sirius, is the first in a series of three projects planned for the arid area of Upington, set to provide a total of 258 MW directly into the enfeebled national grid.
“The three projects in Upington were awarded in April 2015 in the fourth bidding round under the Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer Programme (REIPP) in South Africa,” Scatec Solar said.
My Broadband reports that the Sirius plant is one of 27 renewable energy independent power producers (IPP) that are aiming to add 2,300 MW to Eskom’s grid in a bid to relieve the embattled power producer and abate the national power crisis.
Edited by Luis Monzon
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