ABB to build two solar power plants for South Africa's Eskom.

By bne IntelliNews September 20, 2011
Swiss power and automation technology group ABB said it will construct two solar photovoltaic (PV) power plants for South Africa's state-owned power utility Eskom. The pilot plants, each of 1 ha, will be located on greenfield sites adjacent to the coal-fired power stations at Lethabo, in the Free State province, and Kendal in the Mpumalanga province. They will be the first of their kind built in the country, ABB said in a statement. At the Kendal power station, ABB will provide a fixed tilt solar PV power plant with a station capacity of 620 kW while at the Lethabo site, the installation will comprise a single-axis tracking solar PV power plant with a peaking capacity of 575 kW. The PV plants will be designed to operate independently to produce electrical power for use by the existing power stations and will be capable of remote operation and monitoring. The fast track projects are scheduled to be completed by November 2011.

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