Scatec Solar, the independent integrated solar power producer, has been awarded preferred provider status for three solar power plant projects with a combined nominal capacity of 258 MW in the fourth round of the “Renewable Energy IPP Procurement Programme” in South Africa

The three solar power plants will be built on directly adjacent sites, located in Upington in the Northern Cape region. Combined this project will represent one of the largest solar parks ever realized. Project financing is already arranged as part of the bid preparations. Financial close is expected later in 2015, while construction start is expected in early 2017 to align with the timeline of required grid construction activities in the area. Scatec Solar will build, own, and operate the solar power plants with a 42 percent shareholding. Norfund – the Norwegian Investment Fund for Developing Countries- will hold 18 percent of the equity, while the balance will be held by a Trust channeling dividends from the projects to economic development initiatives in the local communities.

– We are very impressed by the great determination by the South African government to use large scale renewables to strengthen power supply in the country, Raymond Carlsen, CEO in Scatec Solar said. – With this award, the people of South Africa will access more clean, reliable and cost competitive electricity in many years to come. The award confirms our position as the leading solar IPP in Africa. We have the largest asset base found in South Africa and we continue to develop a significant project pipeline across the African continent, Mr. Carlsen said

Currently Scatec Solar holds gross 427 MW in operation and under construction. With this project award, Scatec Solar will increases its asset base by 60% through another 258 MW of projects with secured power purchase agreements in ‘project backlog’.