Urban Solar Farms

Urban Solar Farms
40,000 HOMES POWERED

50 MEGAWATTS
(MW-DC)

50 MEGAWATTS (MW)

Initially 50 megawatts and ultimately 200 megawatts of solar farms, ranging in size from 5 to 30 megawatts, will be developed under the Urban Solar Farms programme

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Urban Solar Farms fill a niche in the PV market in South Africa for mid-sized generation clean power projects, which falls outside of South Africa’s Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer Procurement Programme (REIPPPP)

90,000 MW HOURS
PER YEAR
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90K MEGAWATT HOURS PER YEAR

Collectively, Urban Solar Farms will deliver over 90,000 megawatt-hours of electricity per annum with over 100,000 megawatt-hours of off-peak battery storage per year

150,000 SOLAR PANELS

150,000 SOLAR PANELS

In total, Urban Solar Farms will install 150,000 solar panels across the Gauteng Province

800+ DIRECT, INDIRECT AND INDUCED JOBS

800+ DIRECT, INDIRECT AND INDUCED JOBS

The Urban Solar Farms initiative will create over 800 direct, indirect, and induced jobs per 50 megawatts – with over 10 permanent operational jobs per installation

GAUTENG PROVINCE, SOUTH AFRICA

In September 2016, the U.S. Trade and Development Agency (USTDA) awarded a grant to SolarReserve to advance their “Urban Solar Farms" initiative in South Africa; a pioneering study into large metropolitan municipalities that will provide a framework for large commercial and industrial electricity consumers with significant power requirements to cost-effectively deploy renewable energy in urban areas.

SolarReserve is entering into a Public Participation Process consultation to inform a wide range of interested and affected parties about the proposed project and the environmental authorisation procedure related to its Vogelstruisfontein Project. The consultation period will run for 30 days from Monday 7th August to Friday 8th September 2017. 

If you would like to receive a Public Participation Process (PPP) consultation pack, please register your interest with our appointed Environmental Assessment Practitioner, Adam Bennett, at Mott MacDonald Africa who will send through the full details of the project and environmental assessment process to interested and affected party. EAP contact details: (Email) Adam.Bennett@mottmac.com; (Telephone) +27 11 052 2123.             

 

The grant supports development of initially 50 megawatts and ultimately 200 megawatts of solar farms, each ranging in size from 5 to 30 megawatts of PV installation with 10 megawatts of battery storage. The projects will be privately owned and operated and will provide power to end users either directly or through wheeling arrangements with municipal distribution companies. The projects, primarily ground-mounted in order to solve the problem of restricted roof space, will be constructed in metropolitan areas where there is a high demand for daily energy consumption.

PROJECT OVERVIEW

  • Location: Gauteng Province, South Africa
  • Technology: Solar Photovoltaic (PV)
  • Size: Initially 50 MW and ultimately 200 MW of solar farms in total, each ranging in size from 5 to 30 megawatts
  • Electricity Production: Collectively, more than 90 000 megawatt-hours annually
  • Homes Powered: Equivalent of over 40 000 homes

KEY PROJECT BENEFITS

  • Provides a framework for large commercial and industrial electricity consumers with significant power requirements to cost-effectively deploy renewable energy in urban areas

  • Helps ensure a reliable, clean power supply for customers with substantial energy needs

  • Incorporates the integration of solar power with energy storage to support peak energy demand requirements, as well as grid stability and help defer utility substation and network upgrades

  • Represents a unique approach to involving the private sector in expanding South Africa’s generation capacity, while stimulating job growth and small business development

  • Promotes community upliftment with improved health and safety in the vicinity of the Urban Solar Farms, as a result of the conversion of brownfield defunct, vacant land to land of commercial value

ECONOMIC BENEFITS

  • Creates jobs and develops skills, with 800 direct, indirect and induced jobs per 50 megawatts, and over 10 permanent operational jobs per installation
  • Reduces maximum demand charges and penalties, since battery power will be exported onto the distribution network during peak energy demand times
  • Supports growth by offering a low cost, greener energy alternative that provides local business with cost savings for future business development
  • Promotes the development of secondary industries with procurement from local manufacturers and suppliers
  • Creates a wheeling tariff structure, which provides municipalities with reliable energy and future revenues, and will impact the way municipalities accommodate private power generation within their distribution borders
  • Mitigates the risk of city power revenue loss from “behind the meter” off-grid connections through an agreed wheeling (or use of system) tariff payable to city power