German renewables company JUWI Renewable Energies has secured a 400MW deal of solar PV projects in South Africa.
The company secured the engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) contracts to power mines in the country.
It has been informed that the projects were originally developed with the national REIPPPP (Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer Procurement Programme) scheme, a local report mentioned. However, it was later turned into private ownership.
The contracts are already in an advanced stage of development.
Chris Bellingham, head of project development at JUWI, was quoted in a statement, “The ability to wheel power through the network combined with the far lower electricity tariffs of solar and wind projects, incentivises mines to either remotely generate their own electricity or purchase it from remote independent power producers (IPPs), thereby sourcing generation from sites where the resource is stronger.”
He further mentioned that this is a real win for mines, allowing them to save costs, reduce greenhouse gas emissions, and when used in combination with backup technologies, avoid load shedding.”