Regions with high irradiation levels can be hampered with difficult conditions for grid connection, whether it be difficult terrain or unsuitable grids for PV deployment. The Northern Cape is one such area where power companies have been navigating the challenges of grid connection, but a recent utility-scale PV project has navigated such issues and has received praise for its smooth connection to the South African grid.
The 86MW Mulilo-Sonnedix-Prieska solar PV plant was successfully connected to the grid in October, and the EPC on the project, juwi Renewable Energies, was proud to proclaim that it was completed on schedule, on budget and was connected in good time for commercial operation. It is even believed that the plant is the first solar project under the Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer Programme (REIPPP) to gain grid code compliance prior to reaching commercial operation.
“This is the biggest solar PV EPC project we have ever delivered in such a remote location,” commented the managing director of juwi Renewable Energies, Greg Austin. “We have received excellent feedback from Eskom’s Grid Access Unit and NERSA’s RETEC regarding our grid code compliance planning execution.”
The 86MW plant, valued at R1,4 billion (USD 96 million), is situated just outside Prieska, and is one of the largest PV plants in the country.
Source: PV Magazine