Spanish engineering firm Iberdrola Ingenieria is close to completing the 96MWp Jasper PV plant in South Africa that counts internet giant, Google, among its investors.

The company, which is working on a number of South Africa's renewable energy independent power producer programme (REIPPP) projects, said last week it would soon finish the plant in Northern Cape province, adding to the steady stream of utility-scale solar projects now entering operation in South Africa.

Jasper made headlines last year when it emerged that Google had invested in the project, which is being developed by the US firm Solar Reserve.

According to Solar Reserve, when the plant achieves commercial operation later this year it will produce 182,000MWh of power a year, which will be sold to South Africa’s utility firm, Eskom, under a 20-year power purchase agreement.

Jasper is one of the projects being rolled out under the second round of the REIPPP programme, which has over 1.5GW of PV under tender.

It will sit alongside SolarReserve’s Lesedi project, a 75MWp PV power plant that began operation in May.

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