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Siemens builds two 50MWp PV plants in South Africa website reports that Siemens has received an order for construction of two photovoltaic (PV) plants in South Africa. Multinational engineering and electronics conglomerate company Siemens specialises in the fields of industry, energy, transportation and healthcare. Scheduled to go online in 2014, the solar power plants will be erected in De Aar and Droogfontein in the North Cape Province. At 50MWp per plant, the installation could provide more than 30,000 South African households with clean electric power.
South Africa has outstanding conditions for the utilisation of renewable energy and has therefore set up an energy strategy through its Independent Power Producer (IPP) programme. The two Siemens PV plants will be erected on a one square kilometre area. Siemens will use its 'PVplanet' planning software to optimise the plant-layout along specific - technical and financial - requirements.

The South African government plans the construction of additional projects with a total capacity of 20,000MWp of power generation from renewable energy sources by 2030. Using its strong presence in South Africa, Siemens will contribute to this leading renewable energy program on the African continent, website says.

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