Anglo American Platinum has chosen EDF Renewables South Africa and Pele Green Energy to build a 100 MWp solar photovoltaic system at its Mogalakwena platinum mine in South Africa. The initiative is part of the mining company’s long-term sustainability plan in South Africa. The partnership plans to start building the solar facility in the fourth quarter of 2022, with completion due in late 2023. This project is part of Anglo American’s plan to attain carbon neutrality across its activities by 2040. The Mogalakwena mine will soon be able to run on green hydrogen as part of this sustainability initiative.

The French energy giant Engie, which is installing facilities for the platinum mine, will generate this new energy. The pilot project is being carried out in collaboration with Release by Scatec, a subsidiary of Scatec, a Norwegian independent power producer that specialises in modular solar power solutions.

The environmental effect of Anglo American Platinum’s Mogalakwena platinum mine in South Africa’s Limpopo area is being reduced. For the development of a solar photovoltaic plant at its platinum mine, the mining business has selected a partnership consisting of EDF Renewables South Africa and Pele Green Energy as the preferred supplier. Anglo American did not need permission to build its solar plant, which is in keeping with South African legislation that has been in place for a few months. A new provision permits businesses to generate up to 100 MW of sustainable energy without first obtaining approval from South Africa’s National Energy Regulator. The solar project in Mogalakwena will have a 100 MWp capacity.

REGlobal’s Views: Large commercial and industrial (C&I) solar projects are viable and low-cost options for deploying solar power in South Africa. These projects offer savings for the consumer and are easier to source funding for the developer. Further, the clients can have more comfort and be free from installation and O&M hassles, and the engineering, procurement and construction contractors can make profits upfront.