31 August 2012
JinkoSolar today announced it will work with EPC partner Solea Renewables to deliver a Limpopo province chrome mine with the first ever off-grid utility scale photovoltaic system in South Africa.
The 1MW plant will produce approximately 1.8GWh of electricity per year and will effectively reduce the mine’s daytime diesel dependency for the next 20 to 30 years.
The fully integrated turnkey PV system designed, engineered and constructed by Solea Renewables will use 4,170 high efficiency polycrystalline PV panels supplied by JinkoSolar.
The plant is expected to be completed by late October.
The project is in line with South Africa’s national plans to increase power supplies from independent producers. It also dovetails with South Africa’s stated objective to increase the percentage of renewable energy among the country's total power mix.