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First phase of Scatec Solar’s 258 MW solar plant in South Africa in commercial operation

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Scatec Solar and partners have grid connected and reached commercial operation for 86 MW of the 258 MW solar power complex in Upington, South Africa, which is expected to generate 217 GWh and will lead to the abatement of more than 180,000 tonnes of CO2 emissions annually.
First phase of Scatec Solar’s 258 MW solar plant in South Africa in commercial operation
Dreunberg solar PV plant, South Africa, courtesy of Scatec Solar

“We are pleased to reach another milestone with the grid connection of our fourth solar power plant in South Africa, with a combined capacity of 276 MW” said Raymond Carlsen, CEO of Scatec Solar. “South Africa continues to be a very important market for Scatec Solar, and we are developing several interesting project opportunities both within the utility scale segment as well as our container based solar solution – Release”.

The three projects in Upington was awarded in April 2015 in the fourth bidding round under the Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer Programme (REIPP) in South Africa. Scatec Solar owns 42 percent, Norfund holds 18 percent, the surrounding Community of Upington 5 percent and H1 Holdings, a South African Black investor holds the remaining 35 percent of the equity.  The two remaining solar plants totalling 172 MW are expected to reach commercial operation within the next few months.

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