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project name Touwsrivier

The 44.19 MWp Touwsrivier CPV project succeeded in the first call for projects initiated through the REIPPP of the South African Department of Energy to ramp up renewable energy resources in the country. The Touwsrivier CPV power plant is located in the sunny Breede Valley on the N1 about 150 km north-east of Cape Town, South Africa. It consists of 1.500 Soitec CX-S530-II CPV systems organized in 60 sections with a central inverter for each section. For the debt financing of the project, Soitec successfully finalized a ZAR 1,000,000,000 (at the time about $100 millions) bond transaction. It proved that CPV projects can be financed like any traditional infrastructure project. In December 2014, Soitec completed all requested testing procedures and got confirmation from the South African utility Eskom Holdings SOC Limited for the final commissioning of the CPV power plant. The electricity produced by the CPV power plant is fed into Eskom's Grid under a 20 year power purchase agreement and is expected to provide about 23,000 homes with clean, renewable energy.

capacity, MWp 44.19
status operational
last update 2016-03-11 14:17:39 UTC
country South Africa
city Touwsrivier
region Western Cape
land area, ha 212.0
solar resource (DNI), kWh/m²/year 2.413
source of solar resource Average of different sources
projected electricity generation, GWh/year


company name Soitec S.A.
company URL www.soitec.com
installation completed 2014
PPA/tariff type PPA for 20 years
PPA/tariff rate, EUR/kWh
project type power plant
developer(s) Soitec Solar GmbH
owner(s) (%) Various non-disclosed shareholders
EPC contractor(s) Group Five Ltd
generation offtaker(s) Eskom Holdings SOC Ltd
  Plant configuration  
type of CPV system CX-S530-II
CPV system provider Soitec Solar GmbH
capacity, MWp 44.19
# of CPV systems 1500
type of CPV modules CX-M500
CPV module provider Soitec Solar GmbH
nominal peak power per CPV module (CSTC), Wp 2455.0
# of CPV modules per system 12
type of inverter GPtech PV630WD inverter with built-in DC and AC energy meters
AC capacity per inverter, kW
# of inverters 60
inverter provider