TerniEnergia connects 82.5 MW PV plant in South Africa

TerniEnergia Projects PTY Ltd, a South African subsidiary of Italian renewable energy company TerniEnergia, has recently competed the fist of its two “giant” PV facilities. Earlier this week, TerniEnergia’s 82.5 MW plant in Paleisheuwel has been connected to the national transmission grid managed by Eskom.

The solar farm in Paleisheuwel comprises of 611,000 panels spread over an area of 240 hectares. TerniEnergia has supplied all solar modules and inverters for the project; it will also be providing operations and maintenance for the plant’s 25-year lifecycle.

In December last year, TerniEnergia announced the deal with Avanti Communications, a U.K.-based provider of satellite data communications services. Avanti was to provide high-speed broadband connectivity to TerniEnergia’s South African "giant" PV energy plants in Paleisheuwel and Tom Burke.

The second of the two South African “giant” PV projects developed TerniEnergia is a 66 MW solar park in Tom Burke. The two projects represent a combined investment of approximately US$197 million.

TerniEnergia first entered the South African solar market in 2012 with the development of a 9.5MW project in Cape Town. In August 2014, as the company signed the deal to develop the solar plants in Paleisheuwel and Tom Burke, it also announced its plans to realize a 280 MW pipeline in the country.