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Renova commissions first Russia-built solar power plant in South Africa

May 14, 2014, 19:05 UTC+3 GERMISTON (SOUTH AFRICA)

The plant generates far cheaper electricity than that available from the local suppliers

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GERMISTON (SOUTH AFRICA). May 14. /ITAR-TASS/. Russian enterprise Avelar Energy controlled by Renova commissioned the first solar power plant in South Africa on Wednesday.

The project was agreed upon during Vladimir Putin’s visit to the BRICS summit in South Africa in March 2013. The 168 kW photovoltaic facility has been installed in the headquarters of the logistics company DAWN Ltd. in Germiston not far from Johannesburg.

Design and engineering works that provided up to 40% of the added value were carried out in Russia.

The plant generates far cheaper electricity than that available from the local suppliers and will reduce hydrocarbon emission by 300 metric tonnes a year, Avelar’s director for development in Africa and Latin America Marcus Schrauf told ITAR-TASS.

“Any small business with a roof over head could consider such a station. South Africa has a huge market,” said Avelar’s head Igor Akhmerov.

Avelar, the plant’s sole investor, has become the first Russian company to have spent money on building a renewable energy project outside Russia. Together with DAWN, it is planning to create a network of roof solar power plants to supply warehouse complexes in South Africa with a total capacity of 5 MW.

The Russian company also has plans for solar and solar-diesel power plants in Southeast Asia, Middle East, India and Latin America. The estimated annual volume of projects is no less than 60 MW by 2015 with €150 million worth of investments.

Amid the increasing consumption and electricity deficit in emerging economies of the so called solar belt, Avelar estimates the generating potential of the new solar facility at 600 GW until 2020.

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