April 6 (Renewables Now) - Oslo-based Scatec Solar ASA (OSL:SSO) announced today it has connected and commenced commercial operation of the 86-MW Dyason’s Klip 2 solar farm in Upington, South Africa.
The Dyason’s Klip 2 facility is the third and final 86-MW piece of the 258-MW Upington solar power complex in the Northern Cape province. The Dyason’s Klip 1 and Sirius solar farms were commissioned in February 2020.
Dyason’s Klip 2 will generate an estimated 217 GWh per year and supply power to around 40,000 homes.
Now that all three solar farms are online, the Upington complex as a whole is expected to produce around 650 GWh annually, or enough to power up 120,000 households.
Scatec Solar was awarded a preferred bidder status for the Upington projects in the fourth round of South Africa’s Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer Programme (REIPP) in April 2015.
The company holds a 42% stake in the schemes, while Norway’s Norfund and South African clean energy investor H1 Holdings own 18% and 35%, respectively. The surrounding community of Upington holds the remaining 5% of the equity.