Skip to content Skip to Search
Skip navigation

Dubai firm wins bid for 120mw solar project in South Africa

WAM
More than 3.2 million solar panels will generate 3m kilowatt-hours of electricity annually

Dubai-based AMEA Power has been awarded a 120 megawatts (mw) solar photovoltaic (PV) project in South Africa as part of the sixth bid submission phase of the renewable energy independent power producer procurement (REIPPP) programme.

The Doornhoek PV project will sell electricity to the state utility, Eskom, under a 20-year power purchase agreement, state-run WAM news agency reported.

AMEA Power is the majority shareholder in the $120 million project, and has partnered with a consortium wholly owned by African women, formed by Ziyanda Energy and Dzimuzwo Consulting.

To further support the development of the country, AMEA Power and its partners will form a community trust, which will own a share of the project, and contribute towards the economic development of communities close to the project.

Hussain Al Nowais, chairman of AMEA Power, said: “The awarding of this project is our first in South Africa and was granted in competition with other major renewable energy players.

“Over the next decade, the country will undergo a massive transition in its approach to electricity generation as the network decommissions large amounts of coal generation and adopts cleaner solutions like wind and solar.”

The solar project, which is located near the town of Klerksdorp in the North West Province, will generate more than 325gwh of clean energy per year and power around 25,000 households.

In total, the project is expected to offset 290,000 tonnes of carbon dioxide emissions annually.

The construction of the Doornhoek PV project will commence by mid-2023, and will make use of more than 45 percent of locally sourced materials and resources.

South Africa aims to increase the share of renewable energy in its energy mix from 11 percent to 41 percent by 2030. The country also plans to decommission between 8gw and 12gw of coal-fired power plants over the next decade.

AMEA Power has a clean energy pipeline of over 6gw across 16 countries, the statement said.

Latest articles

Mubadala Investment Company CEO Khaldoon Khalifa Al Mubarak. The Abu Dhabi wealth fund is selling some GlobalFoundaries shares two years after the US company went public

Mubadala trims stake in US chipmaker GlobalFoundries

Abu Dhabi sovereign wealth fund Mubadala Investment Company is offloading some of its holdings in chipmaker GlobalFoundries.  A Mubadala subsidiary is offering to sell $950 million worth of GlobalFoundries shares, two years after the US semiconductor manufacturer went public on Nasdaq. Mubadala Technology Investment Company will receive the funds from the secondary public offering, which […]

Saudi arabia water

$4bn set aside for Saudi water projects

Saudi Arabia will spend $4 billion by the end of the decade on recycling over 2 billion cubic metres of water, about 70 percent of the country’s renewable water sources, an official said this week.  Speaking at the World Water Forum in Indonesia, Mohammed bin Zaid Abuhid, head of the General Authority for Irrigation, outlined […]

Cigarette sellers in Aswan, Egypt. US company Philip Morris says it wants to give smokers in Egypt 'better options than cigarettes'

US cigarette giant buys slice of Egyptian rival

The American tobacco giant Philip Morris International (PMI) has acquired a minority stake in Egypt’s largest cigarette manufacturer. PMI, which owns brands such as Marlboro, L&M, Merit and Parliament and is the world’s top tobacco company by market value, has bought 14.7 percent of Egypt’s Eastern Company, which also includes cigars and pipe tobacco in […]

Visitors admire the House of the Blackheads in Riga, which Eagle Properties hope will be 'the new centre of Europe'

Abu Dhabi developer spots opportunity in Latvia

Abu Dhabi developer Eagle Hills Properties announced a €3 billion ($3.25 billion) investment in the Latvian capital city of Riga, as the UAE continues its investment drive into Europe. Eagle Hills’ Riga Waterfront, which was unveiled on Thursday, will ultimately encompass 8,000 luxury homes for 30,000 residents on a redeveloped site along 5 kilometres at […]