De Aar Solar gears up to feed Eskom

2013-11-22 09:16
Workers install solar panels at a solar plant near De Aar in the Northern Cape province. (De Aar Solar)

Workers install solar panels at a solar plant near De Aar in the Northern Cape province. (De Aar Solar)

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Cape Town – De Aar Solar Power will come to life on Sunday as the energisation process begins and the plant prepares to go on the grid early next year.

“The substation will be made alive, it will be commissioned. So we will be able to start testing our equipment and ramping up the export into the grid,” project manager for De Aar Solar Power, Savva Antoniadis, told News24.

“We are going to do live tests and we will be putting power into the system in a rampage, so it will first be 2.4MW and we’ll ramp it up till we get to 50MW in the next two months,” he said.

The plant is set to begin operations by 3 April 2014 but earlier reports say it is ahead of schedule and is likely to go online before that date.

De Aar Solar Power has already installed around 160 000 solar panels since April and the project has employed 500 people mostly from the De Aar community during the peak construction phase.

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