ANGOLA – A partnership between Portugal’s diversified company MCA and Africa-focused solar developer Sun Africa has successfully commissioned a 25.3 MW solar park in Angola’s Moxico province.

Spearheaded by Angola’s Ministry of Energy and Water (MINEA), the project inauguration occurred recently.

Named the Luena Photovoltaic Park, the project required an investment of €36.9 million (US$40.15m) and incorporates approximately 44,000 solar photovoltaic panels.

It is the fourth of seven PV parks MCA is constructing for the Angolan government and is expected to power nearly 60,000 people.

MCA noted that the remaining solar power plants announced in 2020 should be operational by year-end. Together, these projects will add 370 MWp to Angola’s power generation capacity, aiding the country in meeting its electrification targets outlined in its Energia Angola 2025 plan.

The initiative aims to ensure that around 77% of Angola’s rural population can access electricity.

Sibanye concludes PPA for 140MW wind farm

Meanwhile, in South Africa, diversified mining and metals company Sibanye-Stillwater has finalized its fourth renewable energy power purchase agreement (PPA) for a 140-megawatt (MW) wind energy project, named the Umsinde Emoyeni Wind Farm.

Located near Murraysburg, the wind farm will be funded by a consortium of South African IPPs and will supply Sibanye-Stillwater’s South African operations.

A consortium of South African IPPs, African Clean Energy Developments (ACED), Energy Infrastructure Management Services (EIMS Africa), and Reatile Renewables will fully fund the wind project.

The project’s PPA and financial close bring the total dedicated capacity of renewable energy projects in construction for Sibanye-Stillwater’s exclusive use to 407MW.

EIMS Africa and ACED are also implementing the projects, which will secure 70% of Sibanye-Stillwater’s long-term energy requirements in South Africa.  

Furthermore, the 407MW of renewable capacity will enable a 24% reduction in Sibanye-Stillwater’s Scope 2 emissions or c. 1,450,000t CO2e per year from 2027, materially contributing to alleviating the South African electricity crisis.

These renewable energy projects are crucial for Sibanye-Stillwater’s journey to carbon neutrality by 2040, reducing its carbon footprint and contributing to sustainability efforts. The company plans to continue pursuing renewable energy projects to achieve its goal.

Sibanye-Stillwater says it will pursue the balance of its 600MW portfolio of renewable energy projects in its journey to carbon neutrality.

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