Sonnedix takes 'long term view' on South Africa renewables

Global IPP Sonnedix reiterated its commitment to South Africa’s renewable energy market as it cut the ribbon on the Mulilo Sonnedix Prieska PV project – at 86MW one of the country’s largest – in the Northern Cape.

The solar plant southwest of Prieska will serve 40,000 people, said developer Sonnedix, which built the plant under the auspices of the country’s REIPPPP renewables programme.

The project feeds power into the grid operated by state utility Eskom, which is currently at the centre of a stand-off over its future support for REIPPPP that has stalled momentum in the renewables sector.

The South African Photovoltaic Industry Association (SAPVIA) warned in August that uncertainty created by the situation was damaging investor confidence.

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The Mulilo Sonnedix Prieska project was built by Germany’s Juwi, with China’s BYD supplying modules.

Sonnedix CEO Andreas Mustad said: “We have a long term view and are committed to increasing our presence in South Africa in the years to come.”

Sonnedix was bought by a group of investors advised by JP Morgan asset management in a deal announced in September.

The PV developer and power producer said the acquisition would herald an expansion into the US market.

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