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ABB wins R1.98b PV power plants deal

5 Dec 2012 11:23
MENAFN Website reports that power and automation technology group ABB, has won orders worth around R1.98b to provide the northern province of Limpopo with two turnkey photovoltaic (PV) power plants as part of South Africa's renewable program.
The Zurich, Switzerland based ABB employs 145,000 people in approximately 100 countries and its shares are traded on the stock exchanges of Zurich, Stockholm and New York.

The two PV plants will be located at the Witkop and Soutpan Solar Parks, close to the capital of Limpopo province, Polokwane. They will have a generating capacity of 33 megawatts (MW) and 31 MW respectively. The power generated from these plants will be fed into the high-voltage transmission grid via a new high-voltage substation. Together, the plants will generate enough clean energy to power around 36,000 homes and displace around 130,000 tons of carbon dioxide emissions a year.

According to MENAFN Website, ABB will also construct a substation and provide the connection to the high-voltage power grid. This will be among the first utility-scale PV power plants to be built in phase 1 of the South African government's long-term renewable energy program. The projects are scheduled to be completed in 2013.

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