Expanding its footprint in South Africa’s renewable energy market, Enel Green Power recently announced the commissioning of two solar power projects.

The Italian renewable energy giant stated that its subsidiary Enel Green Power RSA commissioned two solar photovoltaic power projects under the Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer Procurement Programme (REIPPPP). Both the projects have an installed capacity of 82.5 megawatts and were secured by the company in the third phase of competitive auctions under REIPPPP.

The projects, located in Northern Cape and Free State provinces, with together generate 318 GWh per year, equivalent to the annual consumption needs of around 100,000 South African households, while offsetting more than 290,000 tonnes of carbon dioxide emissions each year.

The projects have long-term power purchase agreements with Eskom, the South African utility.

EGP RSA currently owns and operates three other PV plants in South Africa: Paleisheuwel (82.5 MW), which is situated in the Western Cape province, Tom Burke (66 MW) in the Limpopo province and Upington (10 MW), which is located in the Northern Cape province. The company also operates the 88 MW Nojoli wind farm in the Eastern Cape, where it is also building the 111 MW Gibson Bay wind facility.

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