Phelan Energy integrates 86 MW solar plant into South Africa’s grid
The plant, located in the town of Loeriesfontein in the Northern Cape province is set to significantly contribute to alleviating the severe power shortages being experienced in South Africa.
South Africa headquartered renewable energy developer, Phelan Energy Group (PEG), has announced that its subsidiary, Solar Capital has connected an 86 MW solar PV plant to the country’s national grid.
The plant, located in the town of Loeriesfontein in the Northern Cape province is set to significantly contribute to alleviating the severe power shortages being experienced in South Africa. The solar project is Phelan Energy’s third major project in the Northern Cape, and the company has plans to develop several more solar projects in the region in the coming years.
Phelan Energy’s CEO, Paschal Phelan, stated that the completion of the solar plant marks a significant milestone for the company and the South African renewable energy industry as a whole. He also expressed his gratitude to all the stakeholders involved in the project, including the local community, for their support and collaboration.
The solar energy project was fully equity funded by the Phelan Energy Group (PEG). Electricity generated by the facility will be supplied to the state electricity utility Eskom via a long-term power purchase agreement.
The plant was built by Sterling & Wilson, a leading global engineering and construction firm. It uses Sungrow’s SG3125HV PV inverters, which are some of the most efficient and reliable inverters on the market.
The Loeriesfontein plant is a significant addition to South Africa’s solar fleet. South Africa has a high potential for solar energy generation, with an average of 220 watts per square metre of solar radiation per day.
The country’s solar industry is growing rapidly, with the government targeting to procure 10,000 megawatts of solar power by 2030 through its Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer Procurement Programme (REIPPP). The government is also providing financial incentives to encourage the development of solar energy projects.
The REIPPPP programme was launched in 2011 by the South African government to promote private investment in renewable energy and reduce the country’s reliance on fossil fuels. Through the programme, independent power producers are awarded long-term power purchase agreements with the national utility, Eskom, for the electricity generated from their projects.