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South African solar farm now in operation

The Rust Mo 1 solar farm, build by juwi Renewable Energies, has been connected to the national grid in South Africa.

The 7 MW solar PV plant near Rustenburg is the first of four engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) projects that juwi Renewable Energies won during the country’s Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer Programme (RE IPPP).

“This truly is a great start for South Africa’s energy transition towards a more sustainable and carbon-free energy production as well as in terms of local economic development,” said Greg Austin, juwi MD. 

The utility-scale solar farm in the North West Province has a total module surface of 94,650 m2 and more than 29,000 photovoltaic modules. Each year, the photovoltaic system produces more than 12.5 million kWh of electricity. 

Juwi is also building two 10,7 MW utility-scale solar farms in the Northern Cape. The fourth 5 MW plant in the Western Cape is due to begin construction later in 2013.


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