juwi to build 86 MW PV plant in South Africa

Global renewable energy manufacturer juwi has been chosen by South African solar power producer Sonnedix to engineer, procure and construct a 86 MW solar PV plant in the country’s Northern Cape Province.

Construction on the Mulilo Sonnedix Prieska PV plant is scheduled to begin as soon as all financing matters have been finalized, which is targeted as July 2014. The plant – which is set to become the largest single installation juwi has ever undertaken – will then commence commercial operation in the second half of 2015.

Sonnedix were chosen as the preferred bidder after competing in South Africa’s Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer Programme (REIPPP), and will be joined by South African company Mulilo in the development phase of the project.

juwi group CEO, Jochen Magerfleisch, said: "We are looking forward to supporting our partners from Sonnedix to achieve a successful project."

The group’s previous single largest installation was the 71 MW Lieberose solar park in Germany, with this newest project set to take juwi’s total installed PV capacity to more than 460 MW worldwide.

Sonnedix Solar’s president, Franck Constant, remarked that it was juwi’s global expertise that convinced the company to partner with them. "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 shall be in very good hands," he said.