Suntech panels for SA solar projects
COMPUTINGBy BiztechAfrica - Dec. 10, 2012, 11:28 a.m.
Suntech Power Holdings will supply approximately 100 megawatts (MW) of solar panels for two projects that are being developed, built and operated by a consortium led by Mainstream Renewable Power in South Africa. The projects, which are being developed at two separate sites in the Northern Cape of South Africa, will be designed and constructed by Siemens and will be operational by mid-2014.
David King, Suntech's CEO, said, "We are excited to be partnering with Mainstream Renewable Power, one of the world's leading developers of renewable energy projects, and Siemens, which is renowned for its engineering and implementation expertise. These landmark projects will showcase the ability of solar to provide clean and sustainable energy to South African communities."
The projects will use Suntech's V series modules, which are well-suited for utility-scale power plant installations. The solar systems are expected to generate 180 gigawatt-hours of electricity, enough to power approximately 15,000 households and displace approximately 180,000 tons of carbon emissions per year.
Eddie O'Connor, Chief Executive of Mainstream Renewable Power, said, "Suntech's proven track record of powering utility-scale power plants, reliable technology and their global support network were central to our decision to partner with them. With quality components and engineering, we are confident these projects will demonstrate the capabilities of solar energy in South Africa and set the foundation for a sustainable future."
O'Connor added, "I first visited Suntech's manufacturing facility in Wuxi in early 2010 and the quality of technology focus and ability to maintain a high level power output throughout the project lifecycle were key considerations in our technology choice."
"We are all proud to participate in the South African government's first round of tenders and be awarded as suppliers for these two photovoltaic plants. The combination of Suntech's technology and Siemens' execution strength as well as our strong local team set-up will form a perfect partnership that will set the highest standard for our partner Mainstream Renewable Power Ltd. These projects are opening the door to one of the most interesting emerging renewable energy markets," statedTed Scheidegger, CEO of Siemens Solar & Hydro Division.
The 100MW solar plants are among the first projects to be granted licenses under South Africa's first Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer Programme (REIPPP). The programme targets the installation of 1.45GW of photovoltaic solar plants by the end of 2014 and 8.2GW by 2030.
Dr. Zhengrong Shi, Suntech's Founder and Executive Chairman, said, "With rapid cost declines over the past decade, solar is not only environmentally friendly, but also cost competitive with many other forms of energy generation. We are confident that South Africa's clear renewable energy policy will provide a blueprint for other countries in the region. We enjoy a strong relationship with Dr. O'Connor and the team at Mainstream and these projects are a very important milestone in our relationship."
MORE COMPUTING NEWS
Kenyan shift to Green Economy would generate USD 45bn by 2030Kenya’s transition to a green economy could produce major economic benefits equivalent to an estimated USD 45 billion by 2030, a new study shows. Read More
Kenswitch unveils system for instant cash transfersKenswitch Ltd has launched a system that will allow users to transfer cash between banks registered on its shared network on a real-time basis. Read More
E-waste threatens Ghana’s beachesMany beaches in Ghana, already stressed by pollution and poor maintenance, are now facing a new threat: e-waste. Read More
African education successes in focus at eLearning Africa conferenceThe eLearning Africa International Conference on ICT for Development, Education and Training gets underway from 28 – 30 May at Speke Resort and Conference Centre, Munyonyo, Kampala, Uganda. Read More
Cloud gains traction in KenyaKenyan enterprises are increasingly seeing the implementation of cloud or expansion of existing cloud infrastructure as a key priority, says IDC. Read More
MultiChoice expands DTTV distribution in Sub-Saharan Africa on Intelsat 904Intelsat S.A. has announced that African direct-to-home operator, MultiChoice, is leveraging Intelsat capacity to expand the reach of its digital terrestrial television (DTT) offering in Sub-Saharan Africa. Read More
VMware Unleashes Horizon 6VMWare has released a comprehensive and cost effective solution to deliver and manage enterprise applications and desktops for physical, virtual and employee-owned devices. Read More
High calibre keynotes to take to the stage for Saphila 2014Saphila 2014, set for South Africa in June, will feature high caliber keynote speakers including highly sought-after international keynote speaker, Frans Johansson, CEO of The Medici Group. Read More
Huawei hosts Broader Way Forum 2014 in ZimbabweHuawei has hosted its inaugural ICT Forum in Zimbabwe, aiming to help revolutionise the way the country responds to technological advancements. Read More
FEATURED STORYKenyan shift to Green Economy would generate USD 45bn by 2030
Kenya’s transition to a green economy could produce major economic benefits equivalent to an estimated USD 45 billion by 2030, a new study shows.
BEST READ NEWS
IN DEPTHE-waste threatens Ghana’s beaches
Many beaches in Ghana, already stressed by pollution and poor maintenance, are now facing a new threat: e-waste.
COMPANY NEWSFurther African expansion for Phoenix
Phoenix Distribution, a leading broad-based distributor on the African continent, has expanded its office in Nairobi, Kenya, in a move to better serve its partners in East ...