Renewable Energy Focus – Renewable energy project monitor: “In South Africa a lot of activity surrounded the announcement of preferred bidders to supply the South African energy grid – in respect of the first 1,415MW (out of 3,725MW) under the Renewable Energy IPP Bidding Programme.
Solar Capital has been selected by the Department of Energy (DoE), as the preferred bidder to supply the South African energy grid with electricity generated by its PV solar farms. The US$4.2 billion project will be located at De Aar, and is part of the larger footprint of 25 solar farms that Solar Capital is developing in the Northern Cape. The 75MW installation is the first phase of the project, which is expected to have a total capacity of up to 300MW. Solar Capital plans to bid for additional licences for its 50,000 hectares of land, in the Northern and Western Cape provinces.”