Pele Green, EDF to build 100-MW solar park at S African platinum mine

Solar panels. Image by: EDF Renewables (www.edf-re.com).

October 7 (Renewables Now) - A tie-up of Pele Green Energy and EDF Renewables South Africa will build a 100-MW solar park for South African mining giant Anglo American Platinum (JSE:AMS), the latter said on Wednesday.

The platinum producer has selected the consortium as the preferred supplier for the construction of the photovoltaic (PV) park at its Mogalakwena mine in South Africa’s Limpopo province. The project will be implemented to support Anglo American Platinum’s goal to achieve carbon neutrality across its operations by 2040.

Construction works at the site are slated to begin in the last quarter of 2022, while the solar farm is expected to go online by the end of the following year.

Anglo American Platinum’s plan for the Mogalakwena mine involves the production of green hydrogen. “We are particularly excited about the prospect of using plentiful solar energy to produce green hydrogen at Mogalakwena, as part of a broader project to convert our mine haul trucks to run on zero emission hydrogen fuel cells,” said CEO Natascha Viljoen.

The mining group noted it has included a 10% free carry equity ownership into the consortium that will build, own and operate the solar plant.

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