Enel Green Power (EGP) has broken ground on a new solar power plant in South Africa. The facility will have a total installed capacity of 82.5 MW and when operational will generate more than 150 GWh per year, enough to power 48,000 South African households and eliminating more than 138,000 tonnes of CO2.
The energy generated by the Pulida solar plant will be sold to Eskom via a 20-year power supply agreement that EGP was awarded in October 2013 as part of the Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer Procurement Program (REIPPPP).
In addition to Pulida, EGP was awarded the right to build the Gibson Bay (111 MW) and Nojoli (88 MW) wind farms, as well as the Aurora (82.5 MW), Paleisheweul (82.5 MW) and Tom Burke (66 MW) solar power projects in South Africa.
In Panama, EGP has completed the Chiriquí photovoltaic plant, which is now connected to the grid. The solar facility has a total installed capacity of 12 MW and can generate more than 19 GWh per year, enough to provide enough power at least 16,000 local households, eliminating the emission of approximately 15,000 tons of CO2.
The energy generated by Chiriquí will be purchased by the Fortuna hydro plant.
To date, Enel Green Power has an installed capacity of more than 9,800 MW from a mix of wind, solar, hydropower, geothermal, and biomass, with approximately 740 plants operating in 15 countries.