Sungrow and EDF Renewables Partner to Pave the Way for South Africa’s First Wind-Solar-Storage Virtual Power Plant

Sungrow project in South Africa

Sungrow, a global leader in PV inverters and energy storage systems, has inked a supply deal with French renewable energy giant EDF Renewables to furnish 264MWh liquid-cooled energy storage systems and MV transformers for the groundbreaking Umoyilanga project. This pioneering initiative marks South Africa’s maiden wind-solar-storage integrated virtual power plant (VPP).

Awarded the Umoyilanga project bid in the South African Government’s Risk Mitigation IPP Procurement Programme (RMI4P) in March 2021, EDF Renewables, in collaboration with Perpetua Holdings, secured this project that promises to significantly contribute to the country’s energy landscape.

EDF Renewables, known for its extensive global presence in clean energy initiatives, has a robust history of successful collaborations with Sungrow on various projects worldwide, including the Al Dhafra 1.5GW photovoltaic project in the United Arab Emirates. This partnership spans diverse clean energy ventures across Europe, America, the Asia-Pacific, Africa, and beyond.

For the Umoyilanga project, Sungrow is tasked with supplying energy storage systems and MV transformers, facilitating the realization of South Africa’s inaugural wind-solar-storage VPP. The project comprises solar-plus-storage and wind-plus-storage plants situated in Avondale and Dassieridge, respectively, spanning 900 kilometers.

Emphasizing the exclusive use of PowerTitan liquid-cooled energy storage systems, this initiative aims to elevate renewable energy consumption substantially. Employing cutting-edge virtual power plant technology enables coordinated energy dispatch over long distances, bolstering regional power stability and aligning with grid requirements.

Tristan de Drouas, CEO of EDF Renewables in South Africa, remarked, “This project marks a significant milestone for EDF Renewables, representing our inaugural integrated wind, solar, and storage venture in Africa. Our collaboration with Sungrow underscores our commitment to delivering innovative energy storage solutions for this pioneering virtual power plant project.”

Phyllis Yang, Head of Sungrow Southern Africa, expressed gratitude for EDF Renewables’ unwavering confidence, highlighting the project’s potential as a regional benchmark in industry development. Yang affirmed Sungrow’s commitment to ensuring timely project delivery and steadfast system operation throughout the power plant’s lifecycle.

The Umoyilanga project, upon grid integration, is anticipated to generate nearly 400 million kilowatt-hours annually, catering to the electricity needs of approximately 120,000 households, while also catalyzing South Africa’s energy transformation and enhancing local living standards.