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New solar farm adds 86 MW to grid

THE first phase of a 258 MW solar power complex has been completed in Upington. The facility, known as Sirius, has completed an 86 MW installation.

The project is part of a host of similar initiatives given the green light by the government to support the struggling power supply across the country.

Scatec Solar and its partners have announced that this connection is expected to produce 217 GWh and will lead to the abatement of more than 180 000 tons of CO2 emissions annually.

“We are pleased to reach another milestone with the grid connection of our fourth solar power plant in South Africa, with a combined capacity of 276 MW. South Africa continues to be a very important market for Scatec Solar, and we are developing several interesting project opportunities both within the utility-scale segment as well as our container-based solar solution”, says Raymond Carlsen, CEO of Scatec Solar.

The company is an independent power producer that has a total of 1.9 GW of solar power across four continents.

Completion of the remaining 172 MW of the project is expected in the upcoming months, after being awarded the project in 2015.

According to MyBroadband, Sirius is one of 27 renewable energy independent power producer (IPP) projects which aim to add 2 300 MW to the Eskom grid and help deal with the national electricity crisis.

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