The Konkoonsies Solar Power project is located 32km north east of Pofadder in the Northern Cape. It occupies approximately 30 hectares of land.
The facility generates electricity using 40 000 solar (PV) panels and feeds the 33kV Eskom distribution system.
Arising from the South African Government’s Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer Procurement Programme (REIPPPP), Konkoonsies Solar Power signed a 20-year Power Purchase Agreement with Eskom as well as an Implementation Agreement with the Department of Energy.
The project mobilised construction teams mid-2013 and reached Commercial Operations Date in 2014. The solar plant supplies 22 000 MWh per year, enough clean, renewable electrical energy to meet the needs of 4900 average South African households.
The project received full Environmental Authorisation from the Department of Environmental Affairs in 2011 and has many environmental benefits such as reduced carbon emissions and water saving – get details on these here.
The local community benefits from the project in many ways, including: