Enel Green Power (EGP) has started work on the construction of a new, 82.5 MW, solar power plant at Pulida in South Africa’s Free State Province.
The Pulida facility will be able to generate more than 150 GWh per year once it is fully operational. This is the equivalent of the annual consumption needs of around 48,000 South African households and will avoid the emission of more than 138,000 tonnes of CO2 into the atmosphere per year.
Energy generated by the facility will be sold to the South African utility Eskom through a 20-year power supply agreement awarded to EGP in October 2013 under the country’s Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer Procurement Programme (REIPPPP).
EGP has also been awarded the right to build the Gibson Bay (111 MW) and Nojoli (88 MW) wind farms, as well as the Aurora (82.5 MW), Paleisheweul (82.5 MW) and Tom Burke (66 MW) solar power projects, in the same tender. It already owns and manages the 10 MW Upington solar facility and was also recently awarded a further 425 MW of South African wind power projects in the fourth phase of the REIPPPP.