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Scatec Solar secures 258MW solar power project

South Africa’s Department of Energy has awarded Norwegian solar power producer Scatec Solar preferred bidder status for the development of three solar plants with a total capacity of 258MW under the fourth round of the Renewable Energy Independent Power Procurement Programme (REIPPP). 

Scatec Solar CEO Raymond Carlsen said the three solar power plants will be built on adjacent sites and combined “will represent one of the largest solar parks ever realised”. 

The solar plants will be situated in Upington, in the Northern Cape, and project financing is expected to reach financial close in Q3 or Q4 of 2015 with construction to start in Q1 2017 to synchronise with the schedule of required grid construction activities in the area.

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