Elettronica Santerno lands in South Africa
The company from Imola, reference for over 40 years in the renewable energy market, is a key player of the largest photovoltaic plant (81 MW) ever made in the African state.
Solarexpo 2012 event was the chance for Santerno to announce its participation in the largest photovoltaic plant (81 megawatts) ever designed in South Africa.
The project "Solar Kathu Facility", made by the Milan-based company Building Energy, will be realized within a growing market, a new frontier for renewable energy. South Africa is the Continent's most developed economy, and this condition is reflected in the demand for energy. The value of the South African market for the renewable energy sector can be summarized in the fact that the South African government has established that 42% of energy production to be installed by 2020 must come from renewable sources.
The Kathu project appears to be complex and massive to be developed due to altitude, radiation, temperature and rainfall conditions and requires inverters able to guarantee the energy intake to the grid. Exactly for this reason Elettronica Santerno will provide Building Energy inverters that have already demonstrated robust reliability in large solar farms in Italy, in Tibet, in Gujarat with similar environmental conditions.
"We are particularly proud to be part of such a prestigious project for the Italian industry at international level – said Marco Tecchio, CEO of Santerno – The partnership with Building Energy allows us to leverage our extensive experience in utility scale installations, even large (up to 124 MW today), established in different and of high complexity environmental contexts".