In the Western Cape, Italian multinational power manufacturer and distributer, Enel, through its subsidiary Enel Green Power RSA (EGP RSA), has completed and connected to the grid the Paleisheuwel photovoltaic (PV) power plant.
With an installed generation capacity of 82,5MW, the plant is able to generate more than 153GWh per year, equivalent to the annual energy consumption needs of about 48 000 South African households, the Italian firm said in a statement. In addition to clean generated power, the plant could offset an estimated 140 000 tons of CO2 emissions into the atmosphere every year.
The generated clean power will be supplied to state-owned power utility Eskom, through a 20-year power purchase agreement. This agreement falls under the Department of Energy’s Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer Procurement Programme (REIPPPP) tender, promoted by the South African government, which was later awarded to the Enel Group.
Source: ESI Africa