Solar installations in Southern Africa

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Completed Solar Power Installations in Southern Africa…..


Investing in solar technology is starting to make commercial sense and no longer only meets a company’s need to be environment friendly.

PV (Photovoltaic)

Solar Energy Project in Pretoria South Africa.

Grid-Tied PV in Meyersdal South Africa

150 kW PV Solar Energy Project in Longmeadow, Johannesburg.

Embassy of Japan is going Green..100kW Solar Installation

Standard Bank hybrid solar water heating and heat pump system at head office in Johannesburg

My Power Station Completes Installation of Power Station at Gecko Rock.

Villiera Wines switches to solar!




Farm workers get Solar water heating – Worcester, South Africa

Grape farmer goes solar to pump up profits

Gobabeb Training and Research Center in Namibia

Large Hybrid Solar Systems Is Inaugurated in Namibia

Kruger National Park PV Solar


If you would like to suggest a project to be included on this page, please send an email, including brief details of the facility, to the Editor, via email: alwyn@saaea.org

In the Pipeline……

Kalahari Solar Power Project. Group Five (Pty) Ltd

Ilanga Solar Thermal Power Plant, Northern Cape Province

Ilangalethu Solar Power (Pty) Ltd is proposing to establish a commercial solar thermal plant, located approximately 30 km east of Upington. The proposed project will be referred to as Project Ilanga and will have a maximum generating capacity of 125 MW. It will be sited on one of several farm portions identified for the future proposed Karoshoek Solar Thermal Park, and will ultimately form part of that larger facility which will have a maximum generating capacity of 1 GW Read more…..


Proposed Photovoltaic Solar Energy Facility on a site Northwest of Vredendal, Western Cape Province

INCA Vredendal Solar (Pty) Ltd (a subsidiary of INCA Energy) is proposing to establish a commercial photovoltaic solar energy facility as well as associated infrastructure on a site located approximately 10 km northwest of Vredendal in the Western Cape.  Based on a pre-feasibility analysis and site identification processes undertaken by INCA Vredendal Solar, a favourable area has been identified for consideration and evaluation through an Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA).

The project is proposed on portions of the following Farm: Remainder of Farm 277 (Seekoigat).  The site proposed for the facility falls within the Matzikama Local Municipality.  A broader area of approximately 800 ha is being considered within which the facility is to be constructed. Read more….


African Rainbow Energy: Photovoltaic (PV) Solar Energy Facility near Upington, Northern Cape DEA Ref Number: 12/12/20/2169.

African Rainbow Energy proposes to establish a Photovoltaic Solar Energy Facility, located on a site near Upington in the Northern Cape.  In this regard, Savannah Environmental is undertaking the required EIA process. For more information / to register on the project database, please contact Shawn Johnston of Sustainable Futures:

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Email: swjohnston@mweb.co.za

Read more….


Kleinbegin Photovoltaic (PV) Solar Energy Facility, near Groblershoop, Northern Cape DEA Ref. No: 12/12/20/2198

Vanguard Solar proposes the establishment of a PV Solar Energy Facility on a site near Groblershoop in the Northern Cape.  Savannah Environmental is undertaking the EIA process in this regard,  For more information / to register on the project database contact Shawn Johnston:

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Email: swjohnston@mweb.co.za Read more....



Proposed ACSA PV Photovoltaic Installations four airports across South Africa

ACSA PV, comprising The Power Comany, Built Africa, and the Airports Company South Africa, is proposing the establishment of photovoltaic installations, at the OR Tambo International Airport, the Upington International Airport, the Bloemfontein International Airport, and the Kimberley Airport.


The Final Basic Assessment Reports have been submitted to the Department of Environmental Affairs as the competent authority for review and decision making.   Read more….

Proposed Photovoltaic Solar Energy Facility on a site southeast of De Aar, Northern Cape Province

INCA De Aar Solar (Pty) Ltd (a subsidiary of INCA Energy) is proposing to establish a commercial photovoltaic solar energy facility as well as associated infrastructure on a site located approximately 8 km southeast of De Aar, in the Northern Cape Province. Based on a pre-feasibility analysis and site identification processes undertaken by INCA De Aar Solar, a favourable area has been identified for consideration and evaluation through an Environmental Impact Assesment (EIA).

The project is proposed on portions of the following Farm: Portion 3 of Farm 4 (Vetlaagte). The site proposed for the facility falls within the Emthanjeni Local Municipality. A broader area of approximately 170 Ha is being considered within which the facility is to be constructed. Read more….


Proposed Photovoltaic Solar Energy Facility on a site west of Kakamas, Northern Cape Province

INCA Kakamas Solar (Pty) Ltd (a subsidiary of INCA Energy) is proposing to establish a commercial photovoltaic solar energy facility as well as associated infrastructure on a site located approximately 2.5 km west of Kakamas in the Northern Cape province.  Based on a pre-feasibility analysis and site identification processes undertaken by INCA Kakamas Solar, a favourable area has been identified for consideration and evaluation through an Basic Assessment.

The project is proposed on portions of the following Farm: Remainder of farm 1178 (Kakamas Suid Nedersetting).  The site proposed for the facility falls within the Kai Garib Local Municipality.  A broader area of approximately 109 ha is being considered within which the facility is to be constructed.


Proposed RustMo1 PV Plant Near Buffelspoort, North West Province

Momentous Energy (Pty) Ltd is proposing the establishment of a photovoltaic (PV) plant near Buffelspoort, North West Province. The site is approximately 20km south-east of Rusternburg and approximately 10km north-west of Buffelspoort. The proposed facility will have a maximum generating capacity of 7MW.

The proposed project has been registered with the national Department of Environmental Affairs under application reference number 12/12/20/2145.  The Final Basic Assessment Report has been submitted to the Department of Environmental Affairs for review and decision making. Read more….


Sishen Solar Energy Facility, Northern Cape Province 

VentuSA Energy is proposing the establishment of a solar energy facility on a site located approximately 23 km south-east of Sishen in the Northern Cape Province.  The proposed facility will consist of an array of photovoltaic panels (concentrating and/or tracking) and associated infrastructure with a maximum generating capacity of 100 MW. Read more….



Wagnbiekiespan Solar Energy Facility, Free State Province – Reference 12/12/20/1862

VentuSA Energy is proposing the establishment of a solar energy facility and associated infrastructure on a site located approximately 20 km south-west of Boshof and approximately 32 km north-east of Kimberley.  The proposed facility is to have a generating capacity of up to 50 MW which is to be generated through the use of photovoltaic panels. The project has been registered with the National Department of Environmental Affairs under reference number 12/12/20/1862. Read more….


Waterberg Photovoltaic Plant, Limpopo Province – Reference 12/12/20/1913

Thupela Energy propose the establishment of a solar energy facility in the Waterberg District Municipality in the Limpopo Province on a site near Vaalwater.  The facility will be composed of an array of photovoltaic panels with a maximum generating capacity of 5 MW to be constructed on a broader site of approximately 50 ha.  Read more….


Karoo Renewable Energy Facility, Northern Cape Province – Reference 12/12/20/1993

SARGE (Pty) Ltd is proposing to establish a commercial renewable energy facility consisiting of both a wind energy facility component and a photovoltaic solar facility component including the associated infrastructure on a site south of Victoria West in the Northern Cape Province. Read more….

Xhariep Solar Farming Project
The project is intended to asses the suitability of Southern Xhariep District for the large scale deployment of solar farms to feed into the national power grid and to position Xhariep for further deployment of solar technologies.
Dependencies
Feed in tariff rate into the national power grid
Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) approval
Project Originators to raise funds for investment
Benefits of project
Southern Xhariep has excellent solar radiation rate after Upington
The vastness of Xhariep
Project cost Estimate: R2m  Read more….


Proposed Ramphele PV Solar Energy Facility, Near Ritchie, South of Kimberley, Nothern Cape Province 
Solar Capital (Pty) Ltd is proposing the establishment of a commercial photovoltaic (PV) solar energy facility and associated infrastructure for the purpose of electricity generation on a site on the farm Klipdrift and Kookfontein 109/10 near Ritchie, which is located approximately 26 Km south of Kimberley, Nothern Cape Province. Read more….


Proposed RustMo1 PV Plant Near Buffelspoort, North West Province
Momentous Energy (Pty) Ltd is proposing the establishment of a photovoltaic (PV) plant near Buffelspoort, North West Province. The site is approximately 20km south-east of Rusternburg and approximately 10km north-west of Buffelspoort. The proposed facility will have a maximum generating capacity of 7MW. Read more…



CSP (Concentrated Solar Power)
Soitec’s solar cell plant is South Africa’s first commercial solar power plant.

Soitec’s gallium indium phosphide, gallium indium arsenide and germanium based CPV solar cell plant is South Africa’s first commercial solar power plant.
South Africa’s first 500kW concentrator photovoltaic (CPV) power plant representing the COP17 flagship project was officially inaugurated by President Jacob G. Zuma on Sunday, December 4. Soitec is a developer and manufacturer of III-V semiconductor materials for the electronics and energy industries. Read more…..

Upington CSTP  (Concentrating Solar Thermal Power)

Eskom plans to pursue technology that includes heat storage, as opposed 
to older technology without storage, in its drive to replace coal-fired power for baseload supply over time. Eskom used strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats (SWOT) criteria to evaluate four technologies: parabolic trough, Fresnel trough, central receiver solar tower, and parabolic dish.  The 
inputs  for the  SWOT evaluation consisted of baseline resource data,  the  limited  availability of water, the capacity of the proposed technology to employ dry or hybrid cooling, the technologies’ suitability for a base and intermediate load-capacity factor above 50%, and the unavailability of 
natural gas.  Based on  the analysis of alternative technologies for solar concentration, only two technologies are recommended for this site: central receiver solar tower and parabolic trough.
Eskom considers a 100 MW central receiver tower plant as the most suitable for its future solar fleet. Seeking  an independent review of the technology, ESKOM appointed an international consultant who  considered  that both  a  parabolic trough and  a  central receiver tower  met  the requirements of a utility-scale CSTP plant, especially for the Upington site. Because the parabolic 
trough is  already commercial, however, it cannot  function as  a pilot and demonstration plant. Moreover, the potential for innovation and cost reduction is  greater  for  a  central receiver tower plant than for parabolic trough technology, because central receiver tower technology is in the first 
stages  of commercialisation,  whereas the  parabolic trough is commercially available technology.  However, the consultant indicated that central  receiver technology of 100 MW is prone to performance risk, because a  plant of the size proposed by Eskom has yet to be built. The development partners, including  the  IBRD, AfDB,  the  EIB, KfW, and  the  AFD, reviewed the 5
consultant’s  recommendations and  agreed  that performance-related risks  could  be mitigated by embedding warranties and performance guarantees in the performance contract to form part of the engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) contract. Read more….. 



De Aar Solar Project
Construction of a CSP and CPV/PV Plant in, De Aar, Northern Cape Province of South Africa.
Mainstream Renewable power intends to construct one Concentrated Solar Power (CSP) and one Concentrated Photovoltaic/Photovoltaic Plant (CPV/PV) in the De Aar area of the Northern Province. The objective of the project is to generate electricity to feed into the National Grid by installing solar power plants (and associated substations) Read more…..

PV Plant in, Kimberley

Mainstream Renewable power intends to construct one Concentrated Solar Power (CSP) and one Concentrated Photovoltaic/Photovoltaic Plant in the Kimberley area of the Northern Province.
The objective of the project is to generate electricity to feed into the National Grid by installing solar power plants (and associated substations)

CONSTRUCTION OF A CPV/ PV PLANT- LOERIESFONTEIN
Concentrated Photovoltaic Plant / Photovoltaic Plant (CPV/PV) plant in the Loeriesfontein area of the Northern Cape Province. The objective of the project is to generate electricity to feed into the national grid by installing a solar plant of 50 MW capacity.  Read more…..

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