Hanwha SolarOne inks 155MW module supply deal in South Africa

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PV manufacturer Hanwha SolarOne has signed a contract to deliver 155MW of PV modules for two projects in South Africa.

The contract — which was signed with PV developers Cobra, Gransolar and Kensani — is said to represent South Africa’s, as well as Hanwha SolarOne’s, largest ever PV module supply deal.

The modules will be used to power the Letsatsi and Lesedi projects which were selected by South Africa’s Department of Energy (DOE) in the first round of bids under the South Africa Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer Procurement Program (REIPPPP). Delivery of the modules is expected to complete by the end of June 2013.

“As a company committed to growing with emerging markets, we are excited and honored to take part in this monumental project. Following our successful developments in Greece, Kenya and Indonesia, this largest ever solar deal for both Hanwha SolarOne and South Africa is a huge step forward in providing a reliable and affordable source of energy for emerging solar markets,” said Vice President Moonhwan Cha, Head of Hanwha SolarOne Asia Pacific. 

Both projects will have a capacity of 75MW each. The Letsatsi project will be located in the Free State while the Lesedi Project will be constructed in the Northern Cape. Construction of the projects will be undertaken by a consortium led by ACS Cobra, along with Gransolar and Kensani Energy EPC.

Last month, a consortium consisting of SolarReserve, Kensani Group and Intikon closed a financial deal worth R5.15 billion (US$586 million) to fund the development of the two plants in South Africa.

South Africa has experienced a surge of PV activity in recent months, fuelled mainly by the government’s renewable energy programme. According to Hanwha SolarOne, the country is ideal for solar projects as it has a low population density and annual sunshine hours of 2,500.

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