SunEdison has won five solar PV projects in South Africa with a combined capacity of 371MW under the country’s fourth bid round of the Renewable Energy IPP Procurement (REIPPP) Programme organised by the Department of Energy (DOE).

The five plants, to be located in the Northern Cape and North West Provinces, are expected to produce energy for the equivalent of more than 200,000 homes.

South African utility Eskom will purchase the solar energy under a 20-year power purchase agreement.

SunEdison has already been awarded an 86MW solar project, the Droogfontein 2 solar power plant located near Kimberly in the Northern Cape Province, in the fourth round of the REIPP programme.

SunEdison Services will provide construction, operation and maintenance of the power plants.

Pashupathy Gopalan, SunEdison president, Asia Pacific, said: “We selected project sites that strengthen the Eskom grid and distribute project benefits across a range of communities. The five projects awarded will offer local enterprise development, skills development and procurement programmes."

Since entering the South African market in 2011, SunEdison has developed, constructed and operated 130MW of utility-scale plants.