JinkoSolar to supply modules for 1 MW off-grid PV plant in South Africa

The 1 MW off-grid PV plant will consist of over 4,000 PV panels from JinkoSolar
The 1 MW off-grid PV plant will consist of over 4,000 PV panels from JinkoSolar

On August 31st, 2012, JinkoSolar Holding Co. Ltd. (Shanghai, China) announced that it will supply solar photovoltaic (PV) modules for a 1 megawatt (MW) off-grid utility scale PV plant in South Africa.

The PV array in a Limpopo province chrome mine will produce about 1.8 gigawatt hours (GWh) of solar power per year and also will effectively reduce the mine's daytime diesel dependency for the next 20 to 30 years, JinkoSolar emphasizes.

4,170 poly-crystalline PV panels to be installed by late October

The PV system is designed, engineered and constructed by Solea Renewables. It will use 4,170 high efficiency poly-crystalline PV panels from JinkoSolar. The plant is expected to be completed by late October 2012.

"We have great expectations for South Africa. The region's booming population, strong economic growth and abundant sunlight represent an exciting opportunity for solar and for JinkoSolar," JinkoSolar Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Kangping Chen stated.

South Africa to increase the share of renewable energy

The project is in line with South Africa's national plans to increase power supplies from independent producers. It also dovetails with South Africa's stated objective to increase the percentage of renewable energy among the country's total power mix.

"While the global demand for South African coal, platinum, palladium and chromium increases, mines and other industrial consumers face power supply constraints due to capacity challenges at Eskom. The turnkey deliveries of our PV plants will not only benefit end-users, but it will in turn help reduce the ever present and increasing energy demand Eskom faces," Solea Renewables Director Vusi Mhlanzi said.



2012-09-05 | Courtesy: JinkoSolar Holding | solarserver.com © Heindl Server GmbH

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