$25-million order to supply electrical and automation system for PV plant

October 23rd, 2013, Published in Articles: Energize

ABB has won an order worth around $25-million to supply electrical and control systems for a new 75 MW photovoltaic (PV) power plant in the Northern Cape. Owned by WBHO, a South African construction company, and Building Energy, an Italian renewable energy developer and operator, the plant is located in the Kalahari desert close to the town of Kathu and to Sishen, one of the largest open-pit iron ore mines in the world. The Kathu PV power plant is among the first tranche of projects to be awarded as part of South Africa’s renewable energy program. Once completed in 2014, it is expected to be one of the world’s largest PV power plants with a single-axis tracking system. It will have the capacity to generate around 146 GWh of clean solar power to feed into the national grid – enough to meet the needs of over 40 000 people based on average national per capita consumption and displacing the equivalent of about 50 000 t of CO2 emissions annually.

Contact Natasha Mathebula, ABB, Tel 010 202-5000, natasha.mathebula@za.abb.com

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