ABN – Spanish company Acciona Energy has started operations at the Sishen photovoltaic power plant – the highest-capacity solar facility in Africa.
The South African plant has a peak capacity of 94.3 megawatts and will generate 216 gigawatt-hours of electricity per year.
Located in the Dibeng municipality of the Northern Cape province, Sishen is the first photovoltaic facility built by Acciona in South Africa and opens the door to further growth in the country.
Acciona CEO Rafael Mateo described the opening of Sishen, which is also the largest solar plant the company has built, as a major milestone.
“We are pleased to be contributing to compliance with South Africa’s objectives in achieving a more sustainable energy system, creating jobs and added value in the country in the process,” he said.
Sishen was one of the projects to win the second round of South Africa’s Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer Procurement Program (REIPPPP), targeted to increase the country’s renewable capacity.
It is owned 51% by Acciona, 29% by South African infrastructure company Aveng, 10% by health and social change organisation Soul City Broad-Based Empowerment Company (SCBBEC) and 10% by development agency Local Community Trust.