Solar energy

The Mainstream solar team understand the complex process of developing a solar project, and can quickly recognise  the risks associated with a project and take steps to mitigate them.  Their expertise ensure all development aspects are effectively managed.

Mainstream has the capabilities to take a project through all four stages of developing a typical solar project; from the feasibility stage through, development, construction and operation of the solar project and finally ensuring optimal output is achieved.

Mainstream has a track record in developing solar projects both on time and on budget.  Its projects in South Africa, De Aar (50MW)and Droogfontein (50MW) PV projects commenced during 2009.  Both projects where awarded 20-year power purchase agreements under the first round of the South African Government’s Renewable Energy Procurement Programme in December 2011.  Both projects achieved financial close in November 2012 with construction commencing shortly thereafter.  The projects are on schedule to achieve COB in April 2014.

Each project is fixed mounted PV with Terrafix foundations and aluminum mounting structures. The projects will utilise approximately 170,000 Suntech STP 290/295W PV modules and 19 inverters each and will connect to a 132kv line.   When operational, each project will generate approximately 90,000MWh in the first full year.