February 25 (Renewables Now) - Oslo-based Scatec Solar ASA (OSL:SSO) announced today its 86-MW Dyason’s Klip 1 solar park in Upington, South Africa, had been grid-connected and commenced commercial operation earlier than scheduled.
Dyason’s Klip 1 is the second completed project at the site of the 258-MW Upington solar complex in the Northern Cape province. The commissioning of Sirius, the first of what are to be three equally-sized facilities, was announced last week.
The independent power producer said the new solar park would receive 60% of the tariff until the scheduled commercial operation date (COD) which is due in mid-March.
Dyason’s Klip 1 will generate an estimated 217 GWh per year and supply power to around 40,000 homes.
The third project is still under construction and is expected to reach COD within the next few months. Once the third solar park goes live, the Upington complex will be capable of generating enough electricity to meet the needs of some 120,000 households each year.
Scatec Solar is the majority owner of the Upington complex with a 42% stake. Other shareholders are Norwegian state-owned investment fund Norfund, which holds 18%, South African clean energy investor H1 Holdings with 35% and the Community of Upington.