By Gary Thomas
JinkoSolar, a provider of solar power products, and EPC partner Solea Renewables will team up to deliver a off-grid utility scale photovoltaic system to a chrome mine in Limpopo province, South Africa. This is the first ever kind of a system in the country.
The 1 MW plant will generate roughly 1.8 GWh of electricity annually and will considerably decrease the mine’s diesel dependency in daytime for the next two or three decades. This pioneering project dovetails with South Africa's national plans to support independent producers to generate more power. It is also in line with the country’s stated goal to increase the contribution of renewable energy into the nation’s total power mix.
Solea Renewables will design, engineer and construct this completely integrated turnkey photovoltaic system, wherein 4,170 JinkoSolar high efficiency polycrystalline photovoltaic panels will be used. Several off-grid photovoltaic systems have already been using JinkoSolar solar panels to offer a cost-efficient grid independent complement to conventional diesel generators in mining and industrial companies.
Solea Renewables’ Director, Vusi Mhlanzi stated that the company selected JinkoSolar panels for its high reliability and performance demonstrated in utility-scale projects throughout Americas, Europe, and Asia. Once the plant is completed as planned by late October, 2012, the electricity produced by JinkoSolar quality solar panels will not only help in decreasing the daytime diesel usage of the mine but also aid in securing the client from all rising costs of power.
JinkoSolar’s Chief Executive Officer, Kangping Chen stated that South Africa’s abundant sunlight, strong economic growth and booming population provide a great opportunity for the company’s solar products.