Solar products manufacturer Suntech Power Holdings will supply 100MW of photovoltaic panels for two solar projects, currently under construction in South Africa.
The company will supply its V series modules for the utility-scale solar installations that will produce a combined 180GWh of electricity per annum.
Commenting on the merits of solar power Suntech founder and executive chairman Dr Zhengrong Shi stated, "With rapid cost declines over the past decade, solar is not only environmentally friendly, but also cost competitive with many other forms of energy generation."
Electricity produced at the farms will meet the requirements of 15,000 households in the region and reduce CO2 emissions by 180,000t.
A consortium of companies led by Mainstream Renewable are undertaking the development and operation of the projects at two septerate sites in the Northern Cape of South Africa.
European energy developer Siemens will handle the designing and construction of the projects that are expected to commenceoperations by July 2014.
The 100MW projects are being developed under the Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer Programme (REIPPP) of South Africa that aims to install 1.45GW of photovoltaic solar plants by 2014 increasing to 8.2GW by 2030.