Suntech, Siemens collaborate on 100 MW of solar projects in South Africa

The projects, which are being developed at two separate sites in the Northern Cape of South Africa, will be designed and constructed by Siemens and will be operational by mid-2014

Suntech Power Holdings Co. will supply about 100 MW of solar panels for two projects that are being developed, built and operated by a consortium led by Mainstream Renewable Power in South Africa.

The projects, which are being developed at two separate sites in the Northern Cape of South Africa, will be designed and constructed by Siemens and will be operational by mid-2014.

The projects will use Suntech's V series modules, which are suited for utility-scale power plant installations. The solar systems are expected to generate 180 GWh of electricity, enough to power about 15,000 households and displace about 180,000 tons of carbon emissions per year.

The 100 MW solar plants are among the first projects to be granted licenses under South Africa's first Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer Program. The program targets the installation of 1.45 GW of photovoltaic solar plants by the end of 2014 and 8.2 GW by 2030.

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