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Scatec ignites a world first in SA

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Scatec has officially started producing and supplying electricity to the national grid from the three Kenhardt plants in the Northern Cape Province of South Africa. Image credit: Leon Louw for WhyAfrica

Scatec ignites a world first in SA

Renewable energy company Scatec has officially started producing and supplying electricity to the national grid from the three Kenhardt plants in the Northern Cape Province of South Africa.

The Kenhardt project is positioned to make a notable impact on the renewable energy landscape as one of the world’s first and largest hybrid solar and battery storage facilities.

With an installed solar capacity of 540 MW and a battery storage capacity of 225MW/1,140MWh, this project delivers 150 MW of dispatchable power from 5 am to 9.30 pm year-round to the national grid under a 20-year Power Purchase Agreement with Eskom.

With a total investment of approximately USD 1-billion, the Kenhardt project marks the largest commitment in Scatec’s history. The project debt is provided by a group of lenders which includes The Standard Bank Group as lead arranger and British International Investment (BII).

More than a power plant (Scatec ignites a world first in SA)

According to Terje Pilskog, CEO of Scatec this is more than just a power plant. “It’s a testament to the limitless potential of integrating solar and battery storage to meet the evolving energy needs of today and tomorrow,” says Pilskog.

A hybrid solar and battery storage plant integrates solar and battery technologies, overcoming intermittency challenges and bolstering grid stability. With the ability to deliver reliable power in low or no sunlight, the integrated storage enhances overall reliability.

Dispatchable power production and releasing stored energy during peak demand make these plants ideal for meeting region-wide energy needs during high consumption periods.

Empowering communities (Scatec ignites a world first in SA)

Jan Fourie, EVP of Sub-Saharan Africa says that this project is not about powering only homes; it’s about empowering communities. “The Kenhardt project showcases the resilience and reliability of renewable energy, proving it to be a steadfast source of electricity capacity for the grid. Dispatchable renewables are the future,” says Fourie.

“The progression from the development phase through construction, and now reaching the stage of commercial operation, has been a rewarding experience. We are ready to generate electricity and play a vital role in advancing South Africa’s green energy production with this innovative hybrid energy solution,” adds Fourie.

Scatec holds 51% of the equity and H1 Holdings, a local Black Economic Empowerment partner, owns the remaining 49%.

Scatec ignites a world first in SA

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Scatec ignites a world first in SA

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