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Monica_55905 Feb 19

First phase of Scatec Solar’s 258 MW solar plant in South Africa in commercial operation

First phase of Scatec Solar’s 258 MW solar plant in South Africa in commercial operation image
86 MW facility, known as Sirius, expected to produce 217 GWh and lead to abatement of more than 180,000 tonnes of CO2 emissions annually.
Scatec Solar and partners have grid connected and reached commercial operation for 86 MW of the 258 MW solar power complex in Upington, South Africa. The 86 MW facility, known as Sirius, is expected to produce 217 GWh and will lead to the abatement of more than 180,000 tonnes of CO2 emissions annually.

Sirius is the first of three projects Scatec Solar is developing alongside Norfund and H1 Holdings with combined peak capacity of 258MW. The remaining two plants – Dyason’s Klip I and II – are scheduled to come online in the coming months. Sirius is expected to produce 217 GWh/yr.


“We are pleased to reach another milestone with the grid connection of our fourth solar power plant in South Africa, with a combined capacity of 276 MW. South Africa continues to be a very important market for Scatec Solar, and we are developing several interesting project opportunities both within the utility scale segment as well as our container based solar solution – Release”, says Raymond Carlsen, CEO of Scatec Solar.

The Department of Energy awarded Scatec Solar (‘SSO’) a preferred bidder status for the three solar power plant projects in the fourth round of the “Renewable Energy IPP Procurement Programme” in South Africa in April 2015
. Scatec Solar owns 42%, Norfund holds 18%, the surrounding Community of Upington 5% and H1 Holdings, a South African Black investor holds the remaining 35% of the equity.  The two remaining solar plants totalling 172 MW are expected to reach commercial operation within the next few months.

To learn more, visit www.scatecsolar.com.


(Photograph: Scatec Solar)