JinkoSolar Selected to Power First Ever Off-grid Utility Scale PV System in South Africa
JinkoSolar Holding (NYSE: JKS), a leading global solar power product manufacturer, will work with EPC partner Solea Renewables to deliver a Limpopo province chrome mine with the first ever off-grid utility scale photovoltaic system in South Africa. The 1 megawatt plant will produce approximately 1.8 GWh of electricity per year and will effectively reduce the mine's daytime diesel dependency for the next 20 to 30 years.
This groundbreaking 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. The fully integrated turnkey PV system designed, engineered and constructed by Solea Renewables will use 4,170 high efficiency polycrystalline PV panels supplied by JinkoSolar.
"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 delivery 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," said Vusi Mhlanzi, Director of Solea