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The largest solar farm ever completed in the Southern Hemisphere, Africa and the Middle East region is now in operation and has the ability to provide power to approximately 75 000 South African homes every year.

The 175MW, 473-hectare facility is operated by Solar Capital in De Aar, Northern Cape and is the culmination of a R4.8 billion two-phase project. It consists of 503 942 solar modules and was built over a period of 28 months, employing more 2000 people.

The project was made possible through the Department of Energy’s Renewable Energy Independent Power Producers Procurement Programme (REIPPP), which allows for foreign investment in renewable energy.

Paschal Phelan, chairman of Solar Capital, said at the launch of the facility on Thursday that it was an important example of how solar power can assist in solving the current energy crisis in South Africa.

“The Northern Cape of South Africa has some of the highest irradiation levels in the world, with the location of this facility boasting 2 168kWh/m². This allows the abundant sunlight in the region to be converted into green energy to be transferred to the national energy grid.”

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