Massive South African solar plant comes online

SolarReserve, a global developer of solar power projects and solar thermal technology, announced that the 96 megawatt (MW) photovoltaic (PV) Jasper solar power project is fully operational.

Jasper is located in South Africa’s Northern Cape in a solar park that also includes the 75 MW Lesedi solar power project which came online in May.

“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.

With over 325,000 PV modules, the Jasper Project will deliver 180,000 megawatt-hours of renewable electricity annually for South African residents.

The power generated is enough to power up to 80,000 households through a 20-year power purchase agreement with Eskom.

The project also marked Google‘s first renewable energy investment in Africa – the Internet search invested US$12 million in the solar project.

Jasper PV Project overview

  • Location: near Kimberley, South Africa
  • Technology: Photovoltaic (PV)
  • Size: 96 MW-DC installed capacity; 75 MW-AC net generation
  • Electricity Production: approximately 180,000 MW-hours annually
  • Power Purchaser: 20-year government supported PPA with Eskom
  • Homes Powered: 80,000 homes

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Jasper solar power project
Jasper solar power project
Jasper solar power project
Jasper solar power project
Jasper solar power project
Jasper solar power project

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