The contract for the Droogfontein 2 PV plant was awarded under the countrys Renewable Energy IPP Procurement Program. The 86 MWs is said to represent 20% of the total solar allocated in the fourth bidding round.
The PV plant, located 20 km south of Kimberly, will sell the generated energy to the South African national energy utility under a 20 year power purchase agreement (PPA).
Active since 2011 in the South African solar market, U.S.-based SunEdison has already installed 130 MW of PV in the country. "South Africa is one of the most attractive solar markets in the world, and we look forward to continuing to work with the Department of Energy in future rounds of the Renewable Energy IPP procurement program, which is expected to deliver an incremental 6.3 gigawatts of projects," commented Enrique Collado, SunEdison General Manager for Africa.
Also this week, SunEdison has introduced a residential PPA to seven U.S. states, and acquired LightWing, a solar platform solution for utilities and retail energy providers.