Two separate PV power plants to be built in the Northern Cape of South Africa will use 100MW worth of ‘V’ series modules from Suntech Power Holdings.
The projects are being built by a consortium led by Mainstream Renewable Power, while Siemens Solar & Hydro Division will be responsible for the design and construction of the two plants, earmarked for commissioning in mid-2014.
A number of utility-scale projects have been announced in recent months that will be built in South Africa as part of a first phase of projects under the governments Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer Programme (REIPPP).
The initial plan is to have 1.45GW of PV installed by the end of 2014 and a longer-term goal to reach 8.2GW by 2030.
The two latest plants are expected to generate 180 gigawatt-hours of electricity, enough to power approximately 15,000 households and displace approximately 180,000 tons of carbon emissions per year.