Scatec signs power purchase agreements under South Africa’s REIPPPP Bid Window 5

Source: press release, 8 December 2022

photo: Scatec
photo: Scatec

Scatec ASA, a renewable energy provider in emerging markets, has signed power purchase and implementation agreements (Legal Close) for the three solar Grootfontein projects in the Western Cape Province of South Africa, under the Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer Procurement Programme (REIPPPP), alongside the South African government.

“We are proud to have reached this milestone in the procurement process – and are excited to continue delivering clean and reliable energy in South Africa. The South African government has shown strong commitment to deliver in challenging times – and today’s achievement is a testament to the hard work and dedication of actors in the country’s renewable energy transition. Scatec continues to drive action and remains the leading solar IPP in the country and continent. We look forward to completing the necessary deliverables in the new year,” says Scatec Executive Vice President for Sub-Saharan Africa, Jan Fourie.

Commercial and financial close is expected in the first half of 2023 and when operational, the combined facilities will power approximately 33,000 households, and lead to the abatement of 630,000 tonnes of CO2 emissions annually.

Project sites are located approximately 85 kilometres from both Ceres and Touwsrivier – in the Karoo region – and mark the company’s first projects in the Western Cape. Totalling 273 MW of installed capacity, on a combined land area of 765 hectares, Scatec will sell power from the solar plants under a 20-year Power Purchase Agreement (PPA) to Eskom.

Scatec will own 51% of the equity in the projects with H1 Holdings, its local Black Economic Empowerment partner owning 46.5% and a Community Trust holding 2.5%. Scatec will be the engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) provider and provide operation & maintenance, as well as asset management services to the facilities.