Not many South Africans are aware of the fact that our country now has a renewable energy plant that is currently generating 135 million kilowatt hours a year which is the equivalent to the annual electricity consumption of 33 000 households. The Scatec Solar 75 MW PV Plant in Kalkbult is only one of  47 solar, wind and mini-hydro projects that has been awarded 20-year contracts to generate electricity under the government’s Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer Procurement Programme (REIPPPP). The total investment is estimated at R74 billion, which will climb to above the R100bn mark following government’s recent acceptance of 17 new bids. The project is the first to kick-start South Africa’s Green Economy Accord which was signed three years ago by government with a goal to create 300 000 new jobs based on renewable energy generation, energy efficiency, bio-fuel production, manufacturing of  supporting equipment and natural resource conservation and rehabilitation.

Scatec Solar is also  busy developing two other plants that will improve on the Kalkbult plant’s electricity generation performance, which is based on solar panels mounted at a fixed angle to the sun. A 40MW plant near Hannover, also in the Northern Cape, and a 75MW plant near Burgersdorp in the Eastern Cape will have panels mounted on single axes, enabling them to track the sun and optimise electricity generation. These new plants have been commissioned for this year and will be able to generate about 20% more electricity than fixed-panel plants.



Dubai Show

PowerLogic SA will be taking part in this year’s Workspace Exhibition as part of the Dubai INDEX show from 19-22 May 2014 in the Dubai World Trade Centre. Be sure to come visit our stand and have a look at what new projects we have been working on. The show will be open daily from 11h00 to 19h00 except for Wednesday the 21st of May 2014 when the show will end at 21h00. We are looking forward to seeing you there! Click here for more information.