SolarReserve completes Jasper solar project in South Africa

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SolarReserve has announced the completion of 96 megawatt PV Jasper solar power project, which got entirely operational, two months ahead of schedule.

With 325,000 PV modules, the project will deliver 180,000 megawatt-hours of renewable electricity annually.

The generated power is sufficient for 80,000 households in South Africa.

The electricity will be supplied through a 20-year power purchase agreement with Eskom, the South African power utility company.

During construction, the Jasper project generated 1 million man-hours, at 800 on-site construction jobs.

Jasper is located in Northern Cape in a solar park that also includes the 75 MW Lesedi solar power project which came online in May.

Jasper Solar Power Project

The proposed 100 MW Redstone CSP plant that features CSP technology provided by SolarReserve with integrated energy storage is also located here.

Selected by the South Africa Department of Energy (DOE), under the REIPPPP, the project also marked Google’s first renewable energy investment in Africa.

The project will reserve a percentage of total project revenues for Enterprise Development and Socio-Economic Development for the benefit of the local communities as part of the South African Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer Procurement Program (REIPPPP).

In addition to helping South Africa meet its critical electricity needs, the Jasper Project will bring long term economic benefits to the region, said, Kevin Smith, CEO, SolarReserve.

This positive momentum will continue, bringing value to South Africa through collaboration on further projects, including the upcoming CSP projects that will provide South Africa with clean, reliable and non-intermittent electricity, day and night, he added.

The project was developed by a consortium consisting of SolarReserve, the Kensani and Intikon Energy.

SabeenaWahid

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