Sonnedix selects Juwi as preferred EPC contractor for the 86 MW Prieska project in South Africa

12 December 2013

Capetown, South Africa – For immediate release.

Independent Solar Power Producer Sonnedix selected Juwi – one of the world leading engineering, procurement and construction ( EPC ) companies in the field of renewable energies – as preferred EPC contractor for building the Mulilo Sonnedix Prieska PV solar park in the Northern Cape Provence. Sonnedix competed in the South African Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer Programme (REIPPP) and became a preferred bidder for the 86 megawatt (MW) project. The Project co-developer is the South African company Mulilo. Financial Close is targeted to be reached by July 2014, with construction work starting shortly thereafter. Commercial operation is planned for second half of 2015.

The Mulilo Sonnedix Prieska PV solar park is Juwi largest single solar EPC project in the world, so far. ” We are looking forward to supporting our partners from Sonnedix to achieve a successful project “, says Jochen Magerfleich, COO of the Juwi Group.

Franck Constant, President of Sonnedix Solar says ” We are happy to be working with Juwi, one of the world most experienced EPC providers in the field of renewable energies to build our solar park. We feel confident that our project construction shall be in very good hands ”

Domestically and internationally, Juwi expertise in the field of EPC services is in great demand. Up until now the company has installed a capacity of more than 460 megawatt peak (MWp) in utility scale PV projects (10MWp+).

Previously, Lieberose solar park in Germany, with its 71 megawatts, has been juwi largest solar park. Mulilo Sonnedix Prieska PV solar park will be the company fifth project in South Africa and another milestone for Juwi Renewable Energies (Pty) Ltd. ” We are proud to be preferred EPC for one of the six solar PV projects within the third round of the Department of Energy REIPP Programme. We will not only be the EPC contractor, but will also be providing the operations and maintenance, ” Greg Austin, Juwi South Africa Managing Director, says. According to Olivier Renon, Sonnedix South Africa Country Manager, ” We appreciate the fact that Juwi has global experience as EPC and local experience of building and synchronizing previous solar projects in South Africa”.

The main project steps are already set, ” Our team co-ordinated the plant planning, procurement, system design and bid in collaboration with our international colleagues. We are delighted to, once again, be playing a key role in adding substantial amounts of renewable energy to the South African electricity grid,” Austin continues.

Juwi also completely energized the 7MW Rust Mo 1 solar farm near Rustenburg ahead of schedule. ” This truly is a great start for South Africa energy transition towards a more sustainable and carbon-free energy production “, Austin states.

Solar power is an inexhaustible and environmentally friendly source of energy that plays an integral part of South Africa future energy supply.

About juwi Renewable Energies (Pty) Ltd
Juwi Renewable Energies is a full-service partner in all aspects of project development. We plan, finance, construct, and operate renewable energy power plants with a particular focus on the wind and solar energy sector in South Africa. Our vision is that of 100 % clean energy, security of supply, and independence from energy imports. Our network of international investors and a proven track-record across the globe are some of the keys to our success.
Our offices are in Cape Town. Find out more about us at www.juwi.co.za.

About the Juwi Group
juwi is one of the world leading specialists for renewable energies with a growing international presence and offers project development as well as products for the energy turnaround. Our goal: 100 percent renewable energies. What drives us: Work together to implement renewable energies economically and reliably with passion. From site selection to planning, construction and financing up to management – Juwi is the competent partner for the energy turnaround with a regional focus.
Matthias Willenbacher and Fred Jung founded the juwi group in 1996. Today, the company employs around 1,700 people worldwide and had a turnover of around one billion euros in 2012. Company activities include solar, wind and bioenergy as well as solutions for the direct and self-supply with eco-friendly heat and power. In addition, juwi develops components to make power from renewable energies even more efficient. Storage technologies (e.g. juwi Home Power, a battery storage for solar power plants), sustainable building technology and wood fuels complete the portfolio.
Juwi has erected around 730 wind turbines with a total capacity of around 1,500 megawatts and has constructed 1,500 solar power plants with a total capacity of around 1,350 megawatts. Combined, these energy systems produce around five billion kilowatt hours of clean energy per year, equaling the annual demand of around 1.4 million German households. In the bioenergy sector juwi has realized numerous wood pellet production facilities, biogas plants and local heating networks. Within the past 16 years, Juwi has initiated an investment volume of more than five billion euros to realize these projects.
The Juwi Group has offices in France, Italy, Spain, the Czech Republic, Greece, Poland, Bulgaria, Great Britain, Dubai, India, Singapore, Thailand, South Africa, Chile, the USA and Costa Rica. In Germany, Juwi has subsidiaries and regional offices in twelve German states.

About Sonnedix Solar: Sonnedix Solar is an Independent Solar Power Producer (IPP) with over 100MW of photovoltaic parks in operation globally and a proven track record in delivering high performance cost competitive solar photovoltaic plants to the market. Sonnedix develops, builds, owns and operates solar power plants globally. Sonnedix currently owns several hundred MW in development pipeline. For more information about Sonnedix, please visit www.sonnnedix.com

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