PV Kraftwerk Kalkbut, Südafrika


75-megawatt large-scale PV plant in Kalkbult, South Africa

SMA is equipping one of the first large-scale PV plants on the African continent with 84 Sunny Central 800CP inverters. The South African 75-megawatt Kalkbult project will go into operation in summer 2013. A total of 42 Transformer Compact Stations facilitate the medium-voltage solution for connection to the transmission line. Additionally, 840 Sunny String-Monitors provide for string monitoring in the PV array.

The Norwegian developer of PV plants, Scatec-Solar, is executing the multi-megawatt project within the framework of South Africa’s Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer Procurement Program. After its completion, the plant, occupying an area equating to 140 soccer fields, will produce 145 million kilowatt hours of solar power per year – enough to provide sufficient electric current to 35,000 South African households.

Kalkbult, South Africa
Commissioning: 2013
Planning and realization: Scatec-Solar

System size
75 MWp
312,504 solar modules by BYD

Annual yield
145,000 MWh

84 Sunny Central 800CP
42 Transformer Compact Stations
840 Sunny String-Monitors
1 SMA Power Plant Controller

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