Kalkbult, South Africa, 75 MW


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The Kalkbult plant, situated in the Northern Cape region of South Africa, is one of the largest solar plants in Africa. Connected three months ahead of schedule, it was the first REIPPPP project to be grid connected and operational in South Africa.

Project key figures

  • 75 MW
  • 105 ha
  • Fixed tilted
  • BYD polycrystalline
  • SMA Inverters
  • 2,035 kWh/ kWp
  • 150,000 MWh per annum
  • 35,000 households

Ownership and PPA

PPA with Eskom for a period of 20 years

Project owners:

Scatec Solar ASA (Norway)

Norfund (Norway)

Simacel Kalkbult Holding (RSA)

Standard Bank (RSA)

Old Mutual (RSA)

Project development

Scatec Solar was awarded the 75 MW Kalkbult project in December 2011.

The Kalkbult site is the largest project awarded in the 1st bidding round in South Africa, accounting for 12% of overall volume. Scatec Solar initiated the development, partnering with Simacel a local project developing company.

Project Execution

The 75 MW power plant was completed in record time (January 2013 – September 2013) and was grid connected three months earlier than planned. Scatec Solar took the leading role for all EPC activities and managed the construction phase.

Operation and maintenance

Scatec Solar takes full responsibilities for all O&M services: monitor the plant, take corrective and preventive maintenance measures, reporting to utility and owners.

South Africa has some of the best conditions for solar power in the world

Raymond Carlsen - CEO

Project highlights

First to be connected

  • Largest solar plant in Africa
  • First of the large plants under the South African renewable program to be grid connected

Targets exceeded

  • 312,504 PV modules installed in 188 days
  • Grid connection three months ahead of schedule

Excellent performance

  • 750,000 work hours, zero accidents
  • More than 750 workers
  • Record 7,100 panels installed in one day

Socially responsible

  • CO2 reduction of 145,000 tons per annum
  • Created 450 direct jobs during construction
  • Funding support to initiatives of Socio-Economic Development 

Project timeline

  • Dec 2011

    Power Purchase Agreement

  • Jan 2013

    Start of Construction

  • Sep 2013

    Start of Operation