Jasper

Jasper
80,000 HOMES POWERED

96 MEGAWATTS
(MW-DC)

96 MEGAWATTS (MW)

Eskom will purchase 100% of the electricity produced under a 20-year contract, and will then use this electricity for distribution to its customers in South Africa.

0 EMISSIONS

0 EMISSIONS

The Jasper Solar Power Project completed construction in October 2014, two months ahead of schedule. In addition to helping South Africa meet its critical electricity needs, the Jasper project has brought long lasting economic benefits to the region. The project reserves a percentage of total project revenues for enterprise and socio-economic development of local communities.

180K MW HOURS
PER YEAR

180K MEGAWATT HOURS PER YEAR

The project will deliver approximately 180,000 megawatt hours annually, enough to power about 80,000 homes with clean energy.

325,360 SOLAR PANELS

325,360 SOLAR PANELS

325,360 solar panels were installed, with more than 800 workers on-site during peak construction.

45% LOCAL CONTENT

45% LOCAL CONTENT

45% of the total project value was local content spend, with 60% of the local content with BBBEE providers. The project generated about 1 million man-hours during construction, peaking at over 800 on-site construction jobs.

POSTMASBURG, NORTHERN CAPE, SOUTH AFRICA

The Jasper Solar Power Project, completed construction in October 2014 and is fully operational, playing a part in helping South Africa meet its renewable energy targets, in addition to stimulating long-term economic development and creating new jobs. The Jasper Project produces 180,000 megawatt-hours of energy annually for South African residents, enough to power approximately 80,000 homes. Jasper is located adjacent to the Lesedi Power Project, and also adjacent to SolarReserve’s Redstone CSP Tower project with integrated storage.

PROJECT OVERVIEW

  • Location: Postmasburg, Northern Cape Province, 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

KEY PROJECT BENEFITS

  • Clean, zero-emission solar energy in South Africa
  • Helping South Africa meet its renewable energy targets
  • Direct and indirect employment
  • Local Content: 45% of the total project value is local content spend
  • Preferential Procurement: 60% of the local content is with BBBEE providers
  • Operating Expenses: During the 20+ year operating life, the project will expend in excess of ZAR 2 billion on operations and maintenance costs
  • Long term Enterprise Development and Socio-Economic Development investments

HISTORY

In 2011, SolarReserve joined with local empowered infrastructure investors and local developers in the South African market to develop large-scale photovoltaic solar energy projects.

The Jasper Power Project was awarded by the South Africa Department of Energy in the second round of bidding under the South Africa Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer Procurement Program (REIPPPP), and included a financial investment from Google, which was their first renewable energy investment in South Africa. Jasper began full construction on site in October 2013, and began full commercial operations a year later in October 2014.