As the 17th annual Conference of the Parties (COP17) to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) begins in South Africa this week, Soitec announced that it had built a CPV power plant as the flagship project for the Durban, South Africa site. The 500kW project will power the COP17 gathering, taking place November 28 through December 9, tol be officially inaugurated by South African President Dr. Jacob Zuma on December 4.
Soitec worked with the Department of Water and Environmental Affairs (DEA) of South Africa, eThekwini Municipality and Group Five to complete the CPV project in just one month. Not only does the system feed into the local grid, but it also features a full-size solar panel tracker at the entrance to COP17’s Climate Change Response Expo. Visitors will be able to get a close-up look at CPV technology and will also have the chance to charge their electric vehicles.
“CPV offers South Africa huge potential for its natural resource and climate protection,” said André-Jacques Auberton-Hervé, president and CEO of Soitec. “After proving our Concentrix technology’s performance in the region with last year’s installation of a 60kW power plant at the Aquila Private Game Reserve in Touwsrivier, we are proud to continue supporting the country’s young but growing renewable-energy sector. Sustainable energy, as we all know, is a prerequisite for a sustainable future.”