ABB South Africa, a top power and automation technology firm, has won a contract to develop two PV solar power plants in South Africa.
The plants will be turnkey solar power plants designed, engineered, installed, and commissioned by ABB.
ABB will also supply the inverters, protection equipment, switchgear, dry-type transformers, controllers, and the supervisory control and data acquisition (SCADA) system.
“The orders were awarded by two special purpose entities, Core Energy and Erika Energy, whose primary stakeholders include SunEdison, a leading global solar energy services provider,” ABB said on Tuesday.
The solar panels used in this project will be supplied by the Chinese firm Flint.
According to ABB: “The two plants will have a generating capacity of 33 MW and 31 MW respectively and will be among the first utility-scale PV power plants to be built in phase one of the South African government’s long-term renewable energy programme.”
Both plants are projected to generate 130 GWh per year, which is enough to light 36,000 homes and “displace around 130,000 tons of carbon dioxide emissions a year.”
“We have a strong relationship with ABB and are excited to be working with them on this project,” said Pashupathy Gopalan, Sun Edison Vice President and Managing Director of South East Asia and Sub Saharan Operations.
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