Kathu Solar PV Park is an 81MW solar PV power project. It is located in Northern Cape, South Africa. According to GlobalData, who tracks and profiles over 170,000 power plants worldwide, the project is currently active. It has been developed in a single phase. Post completion of construction, the project got commissioned in August 2014. Buy the profile here.


The project was developed by Building Energy. African Infrastructure Investment Managers and Building Energy are currently owning the project having ownership stake of 62.5% and 10% respectively.

Kathu Solar PV Park is a ground-mounted solar project which is spread over an area of 210 hectares.

The project generates 181,000MWh electricity and supplies enough clean energy to power 57,000 households, offsetting 179,000t of carbon dioxide emissions (CO2) a year. The project cost is $323.8m.

Development status

The project got commissioned in August 2014.

Power purchase agreement

The power generated from the project is sold to Eskom Holdings SOC under a power purchase agreement for a period of 20 years. The contracted capacity is 75MW.

Contractors involved

Building Energy was selected to render engineering procurement construction services for the solar PV power project.

JinkoSolar Holding was selected as the supplier of the PV modules for the project. The company provided 344,540 modules each with 230W of nameplate capacity.

The inverters were procured from Elettronica Santerno for the project.

The project is utilising single axis trackers supplied by Energia ERCAM.

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About Building Energy

Building Energy SpA (Building Energy) is a renewable energy company that operates and develops renewable energy projects such as biomass, hydro, wind and solar projects. The company provides operation and maintenance services such as real-time performance monitoring, performance guarantee, preventive and corrective maintenance, and spare parts management. It offers asset management services including finance and administration, operational supervision, technical analysis and reporting, and contract management. Building Energy also provides security system maintenance, commissioning, energy rebuying, and due diligence, among others. The company owns and operates power plants in Africa, the Americas and Europe. It has operations in Italy, Serbia, the US, the UK, Chile and South Africa. Building Energy is headquartered in Milan, Italy.


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