Building Energy, a multinational company operating as a globally integrated Independent Power Producer (IPP) in the Renewable Energy Industry, will take part as a sponsor in the 20th annual Africa Energy Forum (AEF). This is the global investment meeting for Africa’s power, energy, infrastructure and industrial sectors, taking place in Mauritius from 19th to 22nd June 2018.
Building Energy operates globally, but has a particularly strong presence in Africa: 6 years since its entrance in South Africa, the company has been awarded more than 300 MW of capacity in public tenders across 4 different technologies. From its offices in Cape Town, Building Energy manages and coordinates the development of more than 40 projects in Africa and the Middle East, across the technologies of solar, wind and small-scale hydroelectric energy, including inter alia projects in South Africa, Uganda, Mali, Malawi, Cameroon, Tunisia, Botswana, Zambia and Cote D’Ivoire. One of Building Energy’s projects in Africa is a 10 MWp photovoltaic plant in Tororo, eastern Uganda, which started generating energy in October 2017. With a capacity of 10 MWp (16 GWh per year), the Tororo Solar Plant is among the largest in Eastern Africa and is catering to the energy needs of more than 35,838 people.
In April 2018 Building Energy signed a Power Purchase Agreement with the South African state for the construction, ownership and operation of a 147 MW wind plant in Roggeveld, in the Laingsburg area between the Northern and Western Cape Provinces, which will generate approximately 613 GWh per year.
The agreement also includes a 4.7 MW small-hydro project in Kruisvallei, in the Free State Province. Building Energy will also finalize development and implement a 5 MW wind project in Klawer, in the Western Cape, which will generate approximately 19 GWh per year and two 5 photovoltaic projects in Skuitdrift, in the Northern Cape, which combined will produce approximately 22 GWh per year once fully operational.
Previously, Building Energy had already been awarded an 81 MWp solar farm in Kathu, in the first Round of the REIPPP Programme, which has been operating since August 2014 and is one of the largest solar PV plants on the continent.