SolarWorld powers rooftop solar plant in Africa

Coinciding with the world climate summit in Durban, South Africa, SolarWorld AG is drawing attention to the global importance of solar power with milestone projects in four continents, including what could be the largest rooftop solar plant in Africa.

By Kari Williamson

SolarWorld Africa's project in Durban has an output of 600 kWp and is being constructed on the roofs of the Agrizone-Dube-TradePort building.

The power will be fed into the company’s own grid and will be sufficient to supply electricity to the entire refrigerated warehouses, the greenhouses, the packaging plants as well as the offices of the Agrizone complex.

”Worldwide, solar power is the key to climate-friendly energy generation. The cost reductions of the last few years make it possible in the industrialised countries for power from the sun to compete with conventional electricity from finite and environmentally damaging energy sources. In the poorer regions of the world that have so far had no power grids at all, solar power enables people for the first time to have access to electricity and thus to information and education,“ says SolarWorld Chairman and CEO Dr.-Ing. E. h. Frank Asbeck.

US, Greece and India

SolarWorld has also completed a 2 MW system at a private school in Massachusetts. The Berkshire School free-field system consists of 8332 crystalline SolarWorld solar modules.

In central Greece, two solar farms are already connected to the grid: In Voiotia in the vicinity of the antique port of Domvrena, SolarWorld supplies solar modules to the projects Trepeza I and Trepeza II with a total output capacity of 4 MW. Another plant with 2 MW worth of polycrystalline solar modules were connected to the grid in September.

SolarWorld has also supplied polycrystalline modules to a 10.6 MW free-field system in the Indian Federal state of Gujarat.

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