Enel puts 165 MW of solar online in South Africa


Enel Green Power RSA announced this morning that it has commissioned the Adams and Pulida projects in South Africa, each 82.5 MW in capacity. These projects are located in South Africa’s Northern Cape and Free State provinces, respectively.

The two projects were awarded 20-year power contracts with state utility Eskom under the third round of South Africa’s Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer Procurement Programme (REIPPPP). As of the end of 2015, 2.3 GW of solar PV capacity had been awarded under five rounds of REIPPPP.

In addition to these two projects, Enel owns three more projects in South Africa. Adams and Pulida than double the company's current PV capacity in the nation, which now stands at 323 MW.

Enel expects Adams and Pulida to generate 318 gigawatt-hours (GWh) annually, which it notes is equivalent to the annual consumption of around 100,000 South African households.

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Editor's note: Due to a misinterpretation of a press statement by Enel, we earlier wrote that both projects together were 82.5 MW, when in fact each is 82.5 MW in capacity for a total of 165 MW. This was corrected at 13:55 CET (Berlin) on February 6, and we regret the error.

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