Start of Constructions for Mega-Project: Works for 86-MW Solar Park in South Africa in Full Swing
Largest individual project in the company History / Cape Town based subsidiary of energy specialist juwi EPC partner to solar independent power producer Sonnedix
Diggers are rolling, access roads are being established, posts rammed and fences erected: There is a lot of activity going on at juwi’s biggest construction site at the moment. No wonder, close to the city of Prieska in South Africa's Northern Cape Province the utility-scale Mulilo Sonnedix Prieska PV solar park is scheduled to be completed by late summer 2016. The mega project will then have a size of more than 200 football pitches and an installed capacity of 86 megawatt. For juwi the solar park is the largest individual project in the company history. It is managed and executed by juwi Renewable Energies Pty ltd., the South African branch of the juwi group.
"We are delighted to finally realize this milestone project after a long an intensive planning period. With the construction of the solar park we are again playing a key role in adding substantial amounts of clean energy to the South African electricity grid", says Greg Austin, juwi South Africa's Managing Director. Over the past years, juwi Renewable Energies has realized four utility-scale PV projects in South Africa and built up a great reputation as a leading specialist for green energies in the country.
The Prieska project was selected by the Department of Energy of South Africa under the third bidding window of the national Renewable Energy Procurement Programme in October 2013. "We are also proud that our efforts in designing the economic development aspects of the project brought the desired outcome", Austin continues. Of all six projects in bidding round three, the Mulilo Sonnedix Prieska PV solar park had the highest economic development score. juwi will also provide Operations and Maintenance services for the plant.
Commenting on the closing, Franck Constant, President of Sonnedix said: "This first closing in South Africa is a considerable milestone for our company. It confirms the growth strategy and added value of Sonnedix in new markets where clean renewable electricity is in high demand and cost effective compared to conventional power."
About the juwi group
juwi is one of the world’s leading companies in the area of renewable energy with a strong regional presence. The company offers project development and EPC services as well as products and solutions for the energy turnaround. Company activities are mainly projects with solar and wind.
Matthias Willenbacher and Fred Jung established the juwi group in 1996 in Rhineland-Palatinate. For almost 20 years, both energy pioneers have been active as Chief Executive Officers (CEO) of the juwi group. Since the end of 2014, Mannheim based utility MVV Energie AG has been co-owner and partner of the juwi-group. juwi has about 1,000 employees worldwide, branches on all continents and is actively engaged in various projects all over the globe. Working together with passion to implement renewable energy economically and reliably is what drives us.
So far, juwi has realized around 800 wind turbines with a total capacity of approx. 1,750 megawatts at more than 100 sites. In the solar segment, more than 1,500 projects with a total capacity of around 1,400 megawatts have been designed and constructed. Combined, these energy systems produce around six billion kilowatt hours of clean energy per year, equalling the annual demand of around 1.5 million German households. Within the past 18 years, juwi has initiated an investment volume of around six billion euros to realize these projects.
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