Dedication event for 66 MW solar PV plant declared a national key point

Enel Green Power South Africa (EGP RSA) held a dedication event on 20 September 2017 when its first large scale solar project in South Africa was declared a National Key Point for energy supply by the South African Police Service, making it the first EGP RSA facility to be given this recognition.

From left: Lamberto Dai Pra’, Enel Green Power, head Sub-Saharan Africa, Asia and Australia; Francina Shongoane, representative of community steering committee; John Motebele. regional councillor; and William Price, Enel Green Power South Africa country head.

The 66 MW Tom Burke solar PV plant is situated on 202 hectares of land in Limpopo province, and can generate up to 122 GWh per year, equivalent to the annual consumption needs of around 38 000 South African households, while avoiding the emission of over 111 000 tonnes of CO2 into the atmosphere each year.

“South Africa is a resource-rich country and we are proud to provide a strong renewable energy generation base”, said William Price, Head of EGP RSA. “By harnessing renewable energy sources we can improve electrification in Southern Africa and incorporate current and available technologies to bridge the gap between supply and demand for energy in a sustainable way”.

The Tom Burke solar PV plant started operations in August 2016. The site was declared a National Key Point in line with South Africa’s National Key Point Act (1980) due to the important strategic role it plays by delivering energy to the national grid and supplying electricity to nine villages in the Lephalale region of Limpopo.

The plant is supported by a 20-year power purchase agreement with the South African power utility Eskom, as part of the Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer Procurement Programme (REIPPPP) promoted by the South African Department of Energy, who awarded the project to the Enel Group.

EGP RSA first began operations in South Africa in 2014 and the company already has a significant presence in the local market, with more than 520 MW of wind and solar projects in operation.

EGP RSA currently owns and operates five PV plants in South Africa: Paleisheuwel (82,5 MW) in the Western Cape province; Tom Burke (66 MW) in Limpopo province; Upington (10 MW) and Adams (82,5 MW) in the Northern Cape province; and Pulida (82,5 MW) in Free State province. The company also operates the 88 MW Nojoli and the 111 MW Gibson Bay wind farms in the Eastern Cape.

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