Juwi Takes Over O&M of 85MW Solar Project in South Africa

  • Juwi Renewable Energies has taken over the operations and maintenance (O&M) of the 85 MW De Aar 1 solar farm, which is located 500km north of the coastal city of Port Elizabeth.

The solar farm, the third largest under management by Juwi in the Europe, Middle East, and Africa (EMEA) region, formed part of bid window one of South Africa’s Renewable Energy Independent Power Producers Procurement Programme (REI4P). It was commissioned for the South African grid in 2014 as Solar Capital De Aar 1 and was the largest solar project in that bid window.

“Renewable energy forms the backbone of President Cyril Ramaphosa’s energy crisis plan and we’re committed to doing our part in providing the country with clean and renewable electricity, through the O&M of De Aar 1 and other Juwi utility scale projects,” says Christos Charalampidis, head of Juwi O&M for the EMEA region. “Our goal is to operate De Aar 1 with the highest reliability and energy yield for the national grid. We’re honored to have been entrusted with this critically important solar site. The award confirms our competence, dedication, and commitment to providing O&M services that ensure that the grid in South Africa is provided with reliable renewable electricity.”

The De Aar 1 project adds to the Juwi South Africa portfolio of 400 MW of installed solar, wind, and hybrid renewables projects under operational management, and 5.5 GW globally. With the acquisition of the De Aar 1 solar farm, Juwi increased its operational management portfolio in the EMEA region to over 500 MW.  This is the second “third party” O&M facility that has been awarded to Juwi.

Author: Bryan Groenendaal

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