South Africa awards 371MW solar projects

Renewable energy company SunEdison has won five solar projects in South Africa. They will be located in Northern Cape and North West Provinces and are expected to have a total […]

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By Jacqueline Echevarria

Renewable energy company SunEdison has won five solar projects in South Africa.

They will be located in Northern Cape and North West Provinces and are expected to have a total capacity of 371MW – enough electricity to power 200,000 homes.

South African national utility Eskom will buy the solar energy in as part of a 20-year power purchase agreement.

The nation’s energy department awarded the contracts through its Renewable Energy IPP Procurement (REIIPPP) programme.

Pashupathy Gopalan, SunEdison Asia Pacific President said: “The five projects awarded will offer local enterprise development, skills development and procurement programmes.”

The company was previously awarded a 86MW solar project.