First Phase of Scatec Solar’s 258 MW Solar Plant in South Africa in Commercial Operation

PVTIME – Scatec Solar and partners have grid connected and reached commercial operation for 86 MW of the 258 MW solar power complex in Upington, South Africa. The 86 MW facility, known as Sirius, is expected to produce 217 GWh and will lead to the abatement of more than 180,000 tonnes of CO2 emissions annually.

“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, and we are
developing several interesting project opportunities both within the utility
scale segment as well as our container based solar solution – Release”, says
Raymond Carlsen, CEO of Scatec Solar.

The three
projects in Upington was awarded in April 2015 in the fourth bidding round
under the Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer Programme (REIPP) in
South Africa. Scatec Solar owns 42%, Norfund holds 18%, the surrounding
Community of Upington 5% and H1 Holdings, a South African Black investor holds
the remaining 35% of the equity.  The two
remaining solar plants totalling 172 MW are expected to reach commercial
operation within the next few months.

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