Soitec, Schneider team up on Touwsrivier solar project

9th December 2011 By: Terence Creamer - Creamer Media Editor

Global semiconductor materials manufacturer Soitec, which has its headquarters in France, aims to deploy its concentrated photovoltaic (CPV) solution at a 36-MW project in Touwsrivier, Western Cape, after having been named as one of the Department of Energy’s 28 preferred bidders under its renewables energy independent power producer procurement programme.

The facility would be developed alongside the Aquila private game reserve, where Soitec had already installed a pilot plant.

All environmental permits have been secured and during the construction phase, Soitec will supply its CPV systems, with Schneider Electric providing the engineering procurement and construction, as well as the operation and maintenance of the facility.

Soitec says its CPV solutions combine high production yields at peak times and low construction and maintenance costs and are able to operate without cooling water.

Soitec also developed a 500-kW CPV power plant as a seventeenth Conference of the Parties flagship project, which was officially inaugurated by President Jacob Zuma in early December.