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ABB powers Robben Island for 9 months of the year

  • Company’s solar microgrid can produce about 1 million kWh annually, to cut island’s diesel usage by 250,000 litres a year

Mention Robben Island and it immediately conjures up images of Nelson Mandela’s – and other high-profile political prisoners – 18-year incarceration in a tiny cell on the island’s maximum security prison.

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Advanced solar technology of Solarus applied to landmark Vineyard Hotel

The 207-room luxury Vineyard Hotel, in Claremont, Cape Town, is the site of a 60 panel demonstration installation of Solarus Sunpower’s hybrid solar PowerCollectors which will see the 90kWp hybrid photovoltaic-thermal system provide 75kW peak thermal and 15kW peak electric output to the hotel. The system has been endorsed by the Dutch Government who are partially subsidising the cost of installation.

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Cape Town’s Vineyard Hotel chosen for hybrid solar PVT demonstration project

The 207-room luxury Vineyard Hotel, the Petousis family’s flagship hotel, has been chosen for the installation of 60 of Solarus Sunpower’s hybrid solar PowerCollectors. The demonstration project, subsidized by the Dutch government, will see the 90kWp hybrid photo-voltaic-thermal system providing 75kW peak thermal and 15kW peak electric output.
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Black River Park cements its position as Africa’s largest integrated photovoltaic plant

Redefine Properties’ Black River Park in Cape Town has cemented its position as Africa’s largest integrated photovoltaic (PV) plant when it turned on phase 3 of its PV installation earlier this month. The roof top installation at the 75,000m2 office park in Observatory is rated at 1.56MW and is made up of approximately 6,000 panels spread over 9,000m2 of roof space.

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100 MW Kathu solar project in the Northern Cape of South Africa will start construction

ENGIE is pleased to announce that the Kathu Solar Park project in South Africa, owned by an ENGIE-led consortium with South African partners, has signed a 20-year Power Purchase Agreement (PPA) with Eskom – South Africa’s state owned power utility –, making it possible for construction at the site to begin shortly. The concentrated solar park, situated in the Northern Cape Province, 600 km South-West of the national capital Pretoria, is expected to be operational in the second half of 2018.

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