Canadian Solar forms JV with ET Energy for South Africa project

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Canadian Solar has set up a joint venture with ET Energy to provide EPC services for two solar power projects totaling 132 MWp in South Africa for BioTherm Energy.

BioTherm Energy, an independent African power producer, is setting up the solar projects — Aggeneys (46 MWp) and Konkoonsies II (86 MWp) — in northwest South Africa and will cover 387 hectares. They are Round IV projects of the Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer Procurement Programme (REIPPPP).

Canadian Solar will install over 400,000 CS6U-P, 1500V high voltage modules, on single-axis solar tracking systems, with 34 central inverters for the two solar projects.

ET Energy will offer professional EPC and O&M services to utility scale PV plants in Sub-Saharan Africa, including South Africa.

Construction of the projects is expected to start in September 2018 targeting to connect the projects to the grid by the end of 2019 and early 2020, respectively.

According to South Africa’s Integrated Resource Plan, the country aims to add 18 GW of PV plants over 2021-50.

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