Publisher: juwi AG
86 Megawatts: juwi South Africa to Build Biggest Single Solar Project in the Company’s History
- Cape Town based renewable energy specialist EPC partner to solar independent power producer Sonnedix
- Successful financial close in mid-December 2014
- Construction scheduled for the first quarter of 2015
- juwi to provide Operations and Maintenance services
Cape Town / Wörrstadt - It has been a successful start into the year 2015 for the juwi group. The company’s South African subsidiary, juwi Renewable Energies (Pty) Ltd, is to build the Mulilo Sonnedix Prieska PV solar park in the Northern Cape Province/South Africa for Independent Power Producer (IPP) Sonnedix. The PV power plant has a total generation capacity of 86 megawatts (MW). Financial close was achieved on December 11, 2014. The commencement of construction is scheduled for the first quarter of 2015. For the juwi group, the utility-scale project in the Northern Cape is the company’s largest single solar EPC-project in the world. juwi is also providing Operation and Maintenance services for the plant.
“We are proud to realize this milestone project and delighted to, once again, be playing a key role in adding substantial amounts of clean energy to the South African electricity grid”, says Greg Austin, juwi South Africa’s Managing Director. Over the past years, juwi Renewable Energies has realized four utility-scale PV projects in South Africa and has built up a great reputation as a leading specialist for green energies in the country.
The Prieska project was selected by the Department of Energy of South Africa under the third bidding window of the national Renewable Energy Procurement Programme in October 2013. “We are also proud that our efforts in designing the economic development aspects of the project brought the desired outcome”, Austin continues. Of all six projects in bidding round three, the Mulilo Sonnedix Prieska PV solar park had the highest economic development score. juwi will also provide Operations and Maintenance services for the plant.
Commenting on the closing, Franck Constant, President of Sonnedix said: “This first closing in South Africa is a considerable milestone for our company. It confirms the growth strategy and added value of Sonnedix in new markets where clean renewable electricity is in high demand and cost effective compared to conventional power.”
Olivier Renon, Sonnedix South Africa Country Manager, adds: “We are happy to be working with juwi, one of the world’s most experienced EPC providers in the field of renewable energies to build our solar park. We feel confident that our project construction is in very good hands.”
About juwi Renewable Energies (Pty) Ltd
juwi Renewable Energies is a full-service partner in all aspects of project development. We plan, construct, and operate renewable energy power plants with a particular focus on the wind and solar energy sector in South Africa. Our vision is that of 100 % clean energy, security of supply, and independence from energy imports. Our network of international investors and a proven track-record across the globe are some of the keys to our success.
Our offices are in Cape Town. Find out more about us at www.juwi.co.za.
About the juwi group
juwi is one of the world’s leading companies in the area of renewable energy with a strong regional presence. The company offers project development and EPC services as well as products and solutions for the energy turnaround. Our vision: 100 per cent renewable energies. Our impetus: Work together with passion to implement renewable energy economically and reliably. juwi is the competent partner for a sustainable energy supply with a regional focus.
Matthias Willenbacher and Fred Jung created the juwi group in 1996. Company activities are mainly projects with solar and wind. juwi has realized around 770 wind turbines with a total capacity of approx. 1,600 megawatts and has designed and constructed 1,500 solar power projects with a total capacity of around 1,400 megawatts. Combined, these energy systems produce around 5.5 billion kilowatt hours of clean energy per year, equalling the annual demand of around 1.5 million German households. Within the past 18 years, juwi has initiated an investment volume of around six billion euros to realize these projects.
Cape Town / Wörrstadt, January 5, 2015
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