The Jasper solar power project, which began full construction activities on site in October 2013, is expected to complete construction and be fully operational in December 2014. With over 750 workers on-site during peak construction, approximately 65% of the 325,000 PV modules (solar panels) have been installed to date. Once operational, the Jasper Project will produce approximately 180,000 megawatt-hours of energy annually for South Africa, enough to power approximately 80,000 homes. The facility holds an electricity generation license permitting it to operate, generate and sell energy from a 75 MW-AC/ 96 MW-DC PV power station situated in the Northern Cape Province of South Africa. The facility is comprised of 39 units of 2-MW-AC (Ingeteam Sun Power Max 1000 M 400) central inverter stations (each central inverter station consists of 2 x 1,019kW inverters). The design is based on the same central inverter station with two different electrical configurations.
- 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.