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Upington solar power complex in South Africa connected to the national grid

The entire Upington solar power complex in South Africa has been connected to the national grid. This is after Scatec Solar connected and started commercial operation of the third 86MW solar plant, finalizing the 258MW solar power complex. The third solar plant, known as Dyason’s Klip 2, is expected to produce 217GWh annually.

According to Scatec Solar CEO Raymond Carlsen, the company is proud to have achieved this major milestone. Power supply is considered critical infrastructure, and we are pleased to be supporting South African power supply with renewable energy to another 40,000 households annually,” he added.

Upington solar power complex

The 258MW Upington solar power complex is expected to deliver an annual production of 650GWh, providing clean energy to around 120,000 households and lead to the abatement of more than 600,000 tonnes of CO² emissions annually.

The three projects in Upington were awarded in April 2015 in the fourth bidding round under the Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer Programme (REIPPP) in South Africa. Scatec Solar owns 42%, Norfund holds 18%, the surrounding Community of Upington 5% and H1 Holdings, a South African Black investor holds the remaining 35% of the equity.

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About Scatec Solar

Scatec Solar is an integrated independent solar power producer, delivering affordable, rapidly deployable and sustainable clean energy worldwide. A long- term player, Scatec Solar develops, builds, owns, operates and maintains solar power plants and has an installation track record of more than 1.4GW. The company has a total of 1.9 GW in operation and under construction on four continents.

With an established global presence and a significant project pipeline, the company is targeting a capacity of 4.5GW in operation and under construction by end of 2021. Scatec Solar is headquartered in Oslo, Norway and listed on the Oslo Stock Exchange under the ticker symbol ‘SSO’.

Dennis Ayemba
Country/ Features Editor, Kenya

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