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SolarAfrica breaks ground on SunCentral solar farm, the next big step towards 1 GW

Independent Power Producer, SolarAfrica Energy, has officially broken ground on its first utility-scale solar farm based in the Northern Cape. Known as SunCentral, Phase 1 of this project will total around 342 MW in generation capacity, with Phases 2 and 3 bringing the total size to an impressive 1 GW – making it one of the largest projects of its kind in the country.

A project of partnerships

During the breaking ground ceremony, David McDonald, CEO of SolarAfrica Energy, explained the significance and strength of the partnerships behind SunCentral – a key driver behind its success.

“A project of this magnitude wouldn’t have been possible without the power of partnerships. Over the past decade, Eskom has found new and tangible ways of making wheeling a reality in South Africa. Their dedication to partnering with the private sector is proof of their commitment to address South Africa’s power generation struggles,” McDonald said.

Emthanjeni Municipality and Business Chamber representatives also attended the event, where McDonald acknowledged the importance of fostering positive relationships within the community. Mayor Lulamile Nkumbi expressed the municipality’s support for the project and emphasised the importance of maintaining open and transparent communication between all stakeholders.

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