A new solar power complex reaching commercial operation in South Africa.
South Africa has significant potential to increase the share of renewable energy in its energy mix. Today, the country generates 93 percent of its electricity from coal. At the same time, increasing economic growth and a lack of investment in power plants are causing shortages in the electricity supply.
Scatec Solar Upington is a 258 MW solar power complex under construction in South Africa. The three facilities are situated on adjacent plots, 25 km outside of Upington in the Northern Cape, South Africa.
In February 2020, The two first facilities were grid connected, whilst the remaining solar plant is expected to reach commercial operation within the next few months
Providing energy for 120.000 households
The project is brought online earlier than planned. When completed, the complex will provide clean energy for around 120,000 households and lead to the abatement of more than 600,000 tonnes of CO² emissions annually.
We continue to develop renewable energy projects to support South Africa’s energy demand and we are ready to deliver new capacity, both within the utility scale segment as well as towards private customers in the commercial and industrial spheres.Raymond Carlsen, CEO of Scatec Solar
Scatec Solar owns 42%, Norfund holds 18%, the surrounding Community of Upington 5% and H1 Holdings, a black-owned and managed company based in South Africa, holds the remaining 35% of the equity.