Enel Green Power RSA has commenced commercial operations of its 82.5MW Adams and Pulida solar photovoltaic (PV) plants in South Africa.

The Adams plant is located in the Northern Cape province in South Africa, while the Pulida facility is located in the country’s Free State province.

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While having the capacity to generate 318GWh of cumulative energy every year, the two plants will be able to meet electricity requirements of approximately 100,000 South African homes. Adams and Pulida will also be able to reduce carbon emission by more than 290,000t every year collectively.

Enel's South Africa country manager William Price said: “Enel Green Power RSA’s two new solar projects were completed ahead of schedule, according to the highest levels of quality and safety, and in full alignment with our commitment to the country’s social and economic development.

“Together with our local project partners, Enel Green Power RSA’s renewable energy projects are already making a significant contribution to the country’s economy and these two new solar facilities are expected to add further value to those efforts.”

In 2014, Enel entered into a 20-year power supply agreement with South African power utility Eskom for the two solar power plants.

The contract was awarded after the third round of the renewable energy independent power producer procurement programme (REIPPPP) tender promoted by the South African Government.

Enel, through its renewable energy subsidiary Enel Green Power Peru (EGPP), commenced construction of first 180MW solar PV plant, Rubi, in Peru.