New solar power project in South Africa

The new 96 megawatt (MW) photovoltaic solar power project in South Africa’s Northern Cape is now online and will help the country meet its critical electricity needs. The project was completed two months ahead of schedule and is fully operational, SolarReserve, the developer, announced on 11 November.

Jasper is located in a solar park near Kimberly that also includes the 75 MW Lesedi solar power project, which came online in May.

Also on the cards is the even-bigger 100 MW Redstone concentrated solar thermal power tower.

As part of the Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer Procurement Programme, a percentage of total project revenues from the Jasper project will be set aside for Enterprise Development and Socio-Economic Development for the benefit of the local communities.

“In addition to helping South Africa meet its critical electricity needs, the Jasper Project will bring long-lasting economic benefits to the region,” said SolarReserve’s CEO Kevin Smith. – Source: www.southafrica