South Africa is a country at the forefront of the solar energy revolution.
The Jasper Solar Power Project, currently under construction and expected to come online in 2014, will play a part in helping South Africa meet its renewable energy targets, in addition to stimulating long-term economic development and creating new jobs. Once operational, the Jasper Project will produce 182,000 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 proposed Redstone CSP Tower project with integrated storage.
- Location: near Kimberley, South Africa
- Technology: Photovoltaic (PV)
- Size: 96 MW-DC installed capacity; 75 MW-AC net generation
- Electricity Production: approximately 182,000 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
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 December 2013, and is expected to begin commercial operations in 2014.