SA's first big solar plant goes online early

2013-11-13 18:20
Kalkbult solar power plant near Petrusville in the Northern Cape. (Supplied, Scatech)

Kalkbult solar power plant near Petrusville in the Northern Cape. (Supplied, Scatech)

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Cape Town – The country’s first solar power plant went online this week, connecting to the grid three months ahead of schedule.

“Suppliers made a huge effort to deliver their services and equipment, and local people who worked on the project were quick to learn despite the fact that many did not have previous experience in this kind of work,” he said.

The Kalkbult plant forms part of the government’s Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer Procurement Programme (REIPPPP) and will avoid annual greenhouse gas emissions of 115 000 tons.

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