Approximately 100 megawatts (MW) of solar panels for two projects developed, built and managed by a consortium led by Mainstream Renewable Power South Africa will be provided by Suntech Power, a leading manufacturer of photovoltaic cells in the world.
These projects, located on two separate sites north of Cape Town, will be designed and built by Siemens. They should be operational in mid-2014.
“We are delighted to be partnering with Mainstream Renewable Power, one of the largest project developers in the world in the field of renewable energies, and also Siemens, known for its expertise in engineering and integration. These projects illustrate the exception of solar capacity to provide clean energy and sustainable communities in South Africa, “said David King, President of Suntech.
Particularly suitable for large electricity generating plants, it is the VD series modules Suntech have been selected. These systems should be able to produce 180 GWh of energy annually, enough electricity to power 15,000 homes and avoid the emission into the atmosphere of 180,000 tonnes of CO2 per year.
“We are all very proud to have participated in the first tender of the South African government and have been selected for two solar power plants. Combining technology with Suntech enforcement arm of Siemens and our local expert to give any legitimacy partnership for achieving the most successful from renewable Ltd Maistream. Such projects are paving the way of the most interesting emerging market in the renewable energy sector,” commented Ted Scheidegger, President Siemens Solar & Hydro Division.
These plants are among the first 100MW projects to receive the license Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer Program (REIPP) in South Africa. Term This program provides the installation of solar power plants with a capacity of 1,450 MW at the end of 2014 and 8, 2 GW in 2030.
“With the rapid decline in costs in the last ten years, solar is not only environmentally friendly, but also its cost is competitive with other energy sources. We are confident that the particularly clear policy in South Africa in the field of renewable energy will be an example for other countries around,” said Dr. Zhengrong Shi to conclude, Founder and CEO of Suntech.