Avelar Energy first direct venture in Africa

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Building of a 166kwp roof top photo voltaic has been commissioned by power producer Avelar Energy in South Africa. The construction will be done at the Germiston headquarters of building and infrastructures supplier Dawn and it is said to be the company’s first direct venture made in Africa.

The main aim of the installation is to deploy 500 mw of solar capacity between 2014 and 2020. The power purchase agreement between Dawn and Avelar is estimated to last for 20 years.

Purchasing power from the independent power producer will aid Dawn avoid rising tariffs from the municipal council in South Africa and Eskom. This is due to the fact that it has reduced its consumption from 3.4 million kw to 2.1 million kw since 2011 to date.

According to Werner Fuls from Avelar, priority for power supply will be given to the private sector industries and mines in South Africa and even across the African continent. However, with time they will be able to join the competitive public sector.

According to Dawns Infrastructure CEO Gerhard Kotzee, there are other similar arrangements with the Swiss group in other sites including manufacturing sites and the conclusion to the agreements will be made soon.

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