ABB wins Limpopo solar power orders worth $225m

Engineering News 4 December 2012.

Power and automation technology group ABB has won orders worth about $225-million to supply two turnkey photovoltaic (PV) power plants that will be built in Limpopo.

Core Energy and Erika Energy, two special purpose entities whose main shareholders include Sun Edison, placed the orders for the plants, which would be located at the new Witkop and Soutpan solar parks, near Polokwane.

The plants will have a generating capacity of 33 MW and 31 MW, respectively, and the power generated will be fed into Eskom’s high-voltage transmission grid through a new high-voltage substation.

Together the plants will generate 130 GWh of electricity a year, enough to power about 36 000 South African homes and reduce carbon dioxide emissions by some 130 000 t/y…

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