Linde, South Africa, 40 MW


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Situated in Northern Cape in South Africa, Linde is the first of the large-scale PV plants in production from the second round of the REIPPP Program. The plant is ideally located for producing solar power and will generate electricity for thousands of South African households.

Project key figures

  • 40 MW
  • 121 ha
  • Zero tilt single axis tracker
  • Jinko Solar polycrystalline
  • SMA Inverters
  • 2390 kWh/ kWp
  • 94,000 MWh per annum
  • 20,000 households

Ownership and PPA

PPA with Eskom for a period of 20 years

Project owners:

Scatec Solar ASA (Norway)

Norfund (Norway)

KLP (Norway)

Old Mutual Life Assurance Company SA Ltd (RSA)

Standard Bank South Africa Ltd (RSA)

Project development

Scatec Solar was awarded the Linde project in April 2013. The financial close was in May 2013.

Project Execution

The 40 MW power plant was completed in the second quarter of 2014. Scatec Solar had the leading role for all EPC activities and HSE tasks and managed the construction phase.

Operation and maintenance

Scatec Solar is the operator of the plant through an O&M service contract. 

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

Raymond Carlsen - CEO

Project highlights

First to be connected

  • First large scale PV plant to be connected  under the South African renewable program for Round 2

Excellent performance

  • 550 workers on site at peak of construction period
  • Achieved a peak of 6,000 modules installed in one day
  • 138,000 modules installed in 40 days


  • No deviations found on external inspections

Socially responsible         

  • CO2 reduction of 85,000 tons per annum
  • Funding support to initiatives of Socio-Economic Development

Project timeline

  • Apr 2013

    Power Purchase Agreement

  • Jun 2013

    Start of Construction

  • Jul 2014

    Start of Operation