Independent power producer Sonnedix has revealed that its 86MW PV proposal was one of the successful bids in the most recent renewable energy tender in South Africa.

Full results of the third round of the country’s Renewable Energy Independent Power Producers Procurement Programme (REIPPPP) have not been confirmed due to the volume of applications however, six preferred PV bidders were selected.

Sonnedix has confirmed that its 86MW PV project in the Northern Cape was one of the six.

“The project, which is located near the city of Prieska, represents an investment of more than ZAR1.2 billion (US$118 million) and is expected to begin construction by the end of next year. It should start generating much needed electricity to the South African grid by the end of 2015,” said Olivier Renon, South Africa country manager of Sonnedix.

“Sonnedix Solar owns majority of the project with the balance owned by local South African partners,” added Renon.

Sonnedix said it had been working with local partners Mulilo Renewable Energy, Ixowave Women in Power and a group of advisors for the past two years.

The project will take Sonnedix's project pipeline to over 200MW. The company also has 100MW in operation.

The company also said that winning bids had reduced the cost of solar in South Africa to new lows.

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