Energize Operations underway for totally SA-owned solar PV project
- Advertisment -

Operations underway for totally SA-owned solar PV project

- Advertisment -

Matla A Bokone Solar, situated in the Sol Plaatje municipality, near Kimberley in the Northern Cape, commenced its commercial operations earlier this year, having reached full grid code compliance on 20 February 2020.

This solar facility is 100% South African owned, a significant positioning for local renewable energy projects and proof that the green power sector is an attractive option for local investors. The project is owned by Old Mutual IDEAS Managed Fund, African Rainbow Energy and Power, Reatile Group, Phakwe Solar and Cicada Community Trust.


Over its 20-year operations period, the project will ensure participatory inclusion of local communities in the design and implementation of socio-economic and enterprise development initiatives.

Nomzamo Landingwe, Chief Community Operations Officer for Matla A Bokone Solar says the project, which was originally known as Droogfontein 2 Solar, was renamed after an extensive community activation campaign, to Matla A Bokone Solar, a unique Setswana name, referring to the “power of the Northern Region”.

The 75 MW solar PV plant, which commenced construction in October 2018, has over 260 000 solar panels installed and is expected to generate 180 000 MWh of much-needed green energy each year. The 200-hectare plot of land, on which the plant is constructed, Droogfontein No.62, is leased from Droogfontein CPA community.

Over 450 people from the local beneficiary communities were directly employed on the project during construction.  This is in addition to the employment created through the contracting out of various services.

During its 20-year operations, the solar plant will benefit many communities, spread throughout the Sol Plaatje area, through various economic development programmes. These programmes are aimed at building economic and social resilience, as well as increasing access to the local economy.  These communities include Barkly West, Riverton, Kimberley, Kimberley Central, Greenpoint, Galeshewe, Roodepan, Platfontein, Holpan, Delportshoop, Windsorton, Ritchie, and Boshof.

Although economic development funding officially commences once the solar plant begins its 20-year operations period, Matla A Bokone Solar chose to implement early beneficiary programmes to begin community support as soon as possible, through extra-ordinary funding. This included an enterprise development programme that funded local SMMEs.

The mentoring and coaching programme also included a quantity surveying service to these small local businesses, aiming to help bring about business behavioural changes through training and upskilling. Beneficiaries of the programme included sixteen black-owned SMMEs, four of which are women-owned.

Juwi Renewable Energies was the Engineering, Procurement and Construction (EPC) contractor, which managed the construction processes, before handing over the completed site to the Juwi operations and maintenance team in March 2020.



Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here

Latest Articles

Independent transmission system “essential” to end load shedding

by Roger Lilley, Now Media  -   To overcome the scourge of load shedding, two components are urgently needed: more generating capacity and an improved and...

Drivers improving the business case for solar power

Information from IM Power  -   Covid-19 has presented businesses with the opportunity to re-evaluate both their operational models and costs. Proactive organisations found themselves navigating...

Temperature monitor and controller saves municipality money

Instrotech recently supplied its DPM4003 and DPM3001M (low- and high-alarm relay output) temperature indicators to Levivi22 Engineering and Projects, the company contracted by Tshwane...

Undertaking wall thickness testing at Tutuka

During the lockdown in June, rope-access specialist Skyriders undertook an inspection of pulverised fuel (PF) piping at Tutuka power station near Standerton in Mpumalanga...

Rentable solar power now available

Aggreko, a leading provider of mobile, modular power, temperature control and energy services, today announces the immediate availability of its solar power rental offer....

EU solar power association signs cooperation agreement with SAPVIA

SolarPower Europe and the South African Photovoltaic Industry Association (SAPVIA) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to strengthen cooperation and explore new business...

First BW4 wind farm celebrates commencement of commercial operations

South Africa’s first bid window four (BW4) wind farm, part of government’s Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer Procurement Programme (REIPPPP), has announced its Commercial...

Maintaining backup battery systems for maximum usage and reliability

Information from Fluke  -   Most backup power systems use an uninterruptable power supply (UPS) and a string of batteries. The UPS backs up the digital...

Renewable energy company offers bursaries for tertiary education

Globeleq, a leading independent power producer operating in Africa, is offering bursaries for tertiary education. The Globeleq Scholarship Fund aims to develop skills needed...

SA’s Risk Mitigation tender and what it means for energy storage, renewables and gas

by Andy Colthorpe, Energy-Storage news  -   South Africa’s Ministry of Mineral Resources and Energy is conducting a fairly unique procurement programme for 2 GW of...

Eskom acknowledges load shedding’s damage to the economy, promises improvement

Eskom's CEO, Andre de Ruyter, says the power utility understands that it has a critical role to play in enabling South Africa's economic recovery...

MEA Energy Week conference draws world-class lineup

Information from Siemens  -  Siemens Energy and partners are holding a major Middle East and Africa-focused virtual conference, entitled ‘Shaping the Energy of Tomorrow’, from...

How to classify outdoor circuit breakers

Information from Noja Power  -   Electrical engineering switchgear classification is a challenging topic. With the varied terminology for electrical equipment around the world, clarity on...

What’s on the energy storage market besides Li-ion batteries?

Information from IDTechEx  -   While Li-ion batteries are dominating the stationary energy storage sector, a growing number of companies are developing different technologies to be...

Electrical junction box offers ten entries

A rectangular-shaped junction box, which is both Ex e and IP68 certified, is now available from Pratley. Known as the Enviro Rectangular Junction Box,...
- Advertisement -