Swiss technology group ABB has received orders worth US$225 million to provide two turnkey PV plants in the northern province of Limpopo in South Africa. The orders were awarded by Core Energy and Erika Energy which are partly owned by SunEdison.
The Witkop and Soutpan solar parks will be constructed near the city of Polokwane, the capital of Limpopo province, and will have a capacity of 33MW and 31MW respectively.
As part of ABB’s contract, the company will design, engineer, install and commission the two projects. It will also provide a range of products and technologies including inverters, protection equipment, switchgear, dry-type transformers, controllers and the supervisory control and data acquisition (SCADA) system.
Scheduled to complete in 2013, the two plants will generate a combined 130GWh of electricity annually which will be fed into the high-voltage transmission grid via a new high-voltage substation built by ABB.
According to the company, the solar parks will be among the first utility-scale PV projects to be built under Phase I of the South African government’s Renewable Energy Independent Power Producers Procurement (REIPPP) programme which seeks to diversify the country’s energy mix by encouraging independent power producers to develop the country’s renewable energy resources.
“We have a strong relationship with ABB and are excited to be working with them on this project,” said Pashupathy Gopalan, SunEdison Vice-President and Managing Director of South East Asia and Sub Saharan Operations. “ABB brings extensive experience and expertise to the table and we are pleased to be working with them to bring renewable energy to South Africa.”