JUWI wins operational management for 85 megawatt solar park in South Africa

Cape Town, South Africa — 7 September, 2022: JUWI Renewable Energies  (www.juwi.co.za/), today announced that it has taken over the operations and maintenance (O&M) of the 85-megawatt (MW) De Aar 1 solar farm, which is located 500 kilometres north of the coastal city of Port Elizabeth.

The solar farm, the third largest under management by JUWI in the Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) region, formed part of Bid Window One of South Africa’s Renewable Energy Independent Power Producers Procurement Programme (REI4P). It was commissioned for the South African grid in 2014 as Solar Capital De Aar 1 and was the largest solar project in that bid window.

“Renewable energy forms the backbone of President Cyril Ramaphosa’s energy crisis plan, and we’re committed to doing our part in providing the country with clean and renewable electricity, through the O&M of De Aar 1 and other JUWI utility-scale projects”, says Christos Charalampidis, Head of JUWI O&M for the EMEA (Europe, Middle East and Africa) region.

“Our goal is to operate De Aar 1 with the highest reliability and energy yield for the national grid. We’re honoured to have been entrusted with this critically important solar site; the award confirms our competence, dedication and commitment to providing O&M services that ensure that the grid in South Africa is provided with reliable renewable electricity.”

The De Aar 1 project adds to the JUWI South Africa portfolio of 400 MW installed solar, wind and hybrid renewable projects under operational management, and 5.5 gigawatts (GW) globally. With the acquisition of the De Aar 1 solar farm, JUWI increased its operational management portfolio in the EMEA region to over 500 MW.  This is the second “third party” O&M facility that has been awarded to JUWI.

“JUWI is now expanding its focus, which historically centred on government procurement of utility-scale projects (such as those under the South African REI4P) to include the development and building of solar PV and hybrid energy solutions for mines and other energy intensive users in Africa,” says Richard Doyle, Managing Director, JUWI South Africa. “Hybrid solutions include energy storage, which is essential to achieving energy resilience and reliability on the continent. We have a number of leading projects close to commission and in development.”

In 2017, JUWI installed the world’s largest solar-plus-storage hybrid system at the time, for the DeGrussa copper mine in the west of Australia. The system reduced the CO2 emissions of the mine by 12,000 tons per year and helped the mine save 5 million litres of diesel per year.

About the JUWI Group

JUWI South Africa is part of the international JUWI Group, one of the world’s leading renewable energy companies.The company develops solar, wind and hybrid renewable energy solutions and provides engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) and operations and maintenance (O&M) services for solar PV and hybrid systems. The JUWI Group was established in 1996 in Germany, and is now a wholly-owned subsidiary of the Mannheim-based energy supplier, MVV Energie AG. JUWI has around 850 employees worldwide, branches on all continents and is actively engaged in various renewable energy projects around the globe. The South African office opened in Cape Town in 2011.

For more information, visit www.juwi.co.za

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