Konkoonsies II Solar PV
The Konkoonsies II solar energy facility is a 86 MW solar PV project. The project is situated near the small town of Pofadder, in the Khai Ma Local Municipality, within the Namakwa District Municipality, in the Northern Cape Province. The project was awarded preferred bidder status under the South African Renewable Energy Independent Power Producers Programme (REIPPPP) bid window 4 in 2015 and reached financial close in 2018. Konkoonsies II is a second phase project to the Konkoonsies I solar energy facility, which was also built by BTE Renewables as part of the REIPPPP bid window 1 projects.
This facility consists of 250,160 single axis tracking polycrystalline silicon PV modules and covers 215.57 hectares. The project reached its commercial operations date in September 2020 and generates 216.5 GWh per annum, generating enough energy to supply an estimated 35,000 homes in South Africa with clean, sustainable electricity. Generated power is being fed into the local grid and sold through a 20-year Power Purchase Agreement with the national utility company, Eskom.
Like all of BTE Renewables’ power generating facilities in South Africa, a portion of the revenue made from the plant, as well as the project dividends will be earmarked for Socio Economic Development (SED) and enterprise development (EnD) initiatives in the areas around the project site, for the next twenty years.
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