The Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer Program was launched by the Government in 2011. To date, close to 9 GW of renewable energy has been procured by the Government, of which 1.5 GW is solar. The country aims to install more than 8 GW of solar by 2030. Scatec Solar entered the South African market in 2010. With 190 MW in operation and 258 MW under construction Scatec Solar, is a leading solar player in the country. We develop new projects across Africa from our offices in Cape Town. This is also our engineering hub and our 24/7 operated global control & monitoring centre is located here.
The three projects are situated on adjacent plots, 25 km outside of Upington in the Northern Cape. Scatec Solar was awarded preferred bidder status for the Upington project in the fourth bidding round under REIPPP in 2015. Commercial operation is expected by the end of 2019.
The Kalkbult plant, situated in the Northern Cape region, is one of the largest solar plants in Africa. The first project commissioned under Round 1 REIPPP in March 2014, and was the first REIPPP project to be grid connected and operational in South Africa. It is the only fixed tilt plant in the portfolio, with an exceptional production record contributing to regional growth and portfolio performance.
Dreunberg is situated in the Eastern Cape of South Africa. Commissioned in December 2014, Dreunberg was the second project won under Round 2 of the REIPPP Program. As a tracking plant, it yields the highest production in the South African portfolio.
Situated in the arid, Karoo, region of the Northern Cape; Linde benefits from extremely high levels of irradiation. Linde was commissioned in July 2014, three months before scheduled deadline. As an early generator, electricity was sold to the utility and provided to households earlier than anticipated.