Pan African switches on 10-MW photo voltaic array at S African mine

Might 10 (Renewables Now) – African-focused gold producer Pan African Sources Plc (LON:PAF) has powered up a 10-MW photovoltaic (PV) plant at Evander Gold Mines in South Africa, it stated at the moment.

The photo voltaic park is predicted to produce 30% of the ability wants of the corporate’s Elikhulu floor retreatment operations, “materially” reducing electrical energy prices. At present electrical energy tariffs the ZAR-150-million (USD 9.3m/EUR 8.8m) undertaking will obtain payback in lower than 5 years, the agency calculates.

Based on the announcement, that is the primary photo voltaic plant of that capability to be introduced on-line by a miner within the nation.

“Along with CO2 emission reductions, the PV plant has the added advantages of offering a safe and steady energy provide, whereas on the similar time guaranteeing we handle future value pressures ensuing from above-inflation electrical energy tariffs,” stated chief government Cobus Loots.

The corporate expects to have 30 MW of photo voltaic capability in operation by 2024. A12-MW growth is being thought-about to energy Evander underground natural development tasks and a 8-MW PV plant is about to be constructed at Barberton Mines, whereas battery options are additionally being examined.

The Evander photo voltaic plant is estimated to contribute to a 5% lower within the group’s emissions.

The power makes use of single axis trackers and 26,640 Suntech bi-facial polycrystalline modules, in addition to 50 Sungrow string inverters. The contract for the undertaking was awarded to Germany’s juwi.

(ZAR 1 = USD 0.062/EUR 0.059)

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