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NC solar plant to boost power supply

A new R1.5-billion Solar Power Plant, near Kimberly, is expected to contribute immensely to the country’s rising energy demands, says the Department of Science and Technology (DST).

The solar photovoltaic plant, located in Sol Plaatjie Municipality, is one of the first large solar farms in South Africa built by an independent power producer, Droogfontein Solar Power.

Arising from government’s Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer Procurement Programme (REIPPP), the plant has been built on a 100-hectare site on which there will be more than 165 000 solar photovoltaic (PV) panels in operation.

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