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Tuesday, 08 October 2013 14:15

Joint venture for Free State renewable energy project

A joint venture between Basil Read Matomo (Pty) Ltd and Isolux Ingenieria has been appointed by SunEdison to build a solar photovoltaic plant in Boshof, Free State.

A joint venture (JV) between Basil Read Matomo (Pty) Ltd and Isolux Ingenieria has been appointed by SunEdison to build a solar photovoltaic plant in Boshof, Free State.

The Boshof region experiences some of the highest solar irradiation levels in the country, which makes it well suited to electricity generation by solar PV. The project forms part of the government’s Renewable Energy Programme.

“We are excited about this project and look forward to creating an enviable track record for energy turnkey projects through our joint venture with Isolux,” says the director of energy at Basil Read Matomo, Marius von Wielligh.

The scope of the project covers the construction of 60MW AC solar PV power plant, including the substation and interconnection facility required for connection to the 132kV Eskom grid.

The project is expected to break ground at the beginning of August 2013 and a fast-track implementation would see connection to the national grid by the end of August 2014. 

“Our JV is committed to creating added value for shareholders and upholding the important economic development obligations, as required by the Department of Energy,” Von Wielligh adds.

South Africa has a high level of renewable energy potential and presently has a target of 10 000GWh of renewable energy, or approximately 5% of the country’s total power generation, to be installed by the end of 2013. The Minister of Energy has determined that 3 725MW to be generated from renewable energy sources are required to ensure the continued uninterrupted supply of electricity.

This IPP Procurement Programme has been designed to contribute towards the target of 3 725MW and facilitate socio-economic and environmentally sustainable growth, while stimulating the renewable industry in South Africa.