Juwi Renewable Energies has kicked off the construction work at the 7MW Rustmo 1 Solar Farm, located near the mining town of Rustenburg in South Africa.
The solar park will generate 12.5 million kWh of clean electricty per year, enough to power over 10,000 households in the region.
The North West Province’s first solar power project is owned by Evolution One Fund, Momentous Technologies, Momentous Solar Farm, and Momentous Foundation.
The park, which is slated to be connected to the local Eskom grid in mid-October 2013, will start feeding electricity into the grid one month later.
Rustenburg solar park is the first of four EPC projects that Juwi has been awarded during the first tendering round, under the Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer Programme (REIPP).
The project, which is expected to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by nearly 6,000t per year, will support South Africa’s ambition to cut carbon emissions by 34% by 2022.
Momentous Operations Services will maintain and operate the solar park, while Juwi will provide the operations and maintenance specific to the facility for the first five years.
Juwi Renewable Energies operations head Greg Austin said the project will mark the beginning of South Africa’s energy transition towards 100% renewable energy production.
"The decentralised expansion of renewable energies offers regions great economic activities and increases the local value chain," Austin added.
Image: The 7MW solar park near Rustenburg in Germany will generate 12.5 million kWh of clean electricity per year. Photo courtesy of FreeDigitalPhotos.net.