Droogfontein Solar Park

Developed by:

Mainstream Renewable Power

Construction Managed by:

Mainstream Renewable Power

Technology Suppliers:

Suntech panels and Siemens inverter

Project Owners:

Globeleq and consortium

Commercial Operation Date:

Q2, 2014

The 50 MW Droogfontein Solar Park was submitted into Bid Window 1 of the South African government’s Renewable Energy Independent Power Procurement Programme as part of a consortium.

It was awarded preferred bidder status by the Department under the programme and reached commercial operation on April 6, 2014.

The project is located in the Northern Cape and supplies the Eskom grid with 85,458 MWh each year.

The Solar Park is located 20 km outside of Kimberley in the Northern Cape and occupies 100 hectares.

Solar PV

Northern Cape

50 MW Gross


Powering 19,000 South African homes each year

The Droogfontein Solar Park generates electricity using 168,720 solar (PV) panels and feeds the Eskom grid. Arising from the South African Government’s Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer Procurement Programme (REIPPPP), Droogfontein Solar Park has a 20-year Power Purchase Agreement with Eskom.

The solar park supplies enough clean, renewable electrical energy to power more than 19,000 South African homes each year.

Through enterprise development, the creation of procurement and employment opportunities and the development of a local community trust, the solar park has invested in the communities in its vicinity.

The Solar Park is owned by a consortium including Globeleq, Thebe Investment Corp., Enzani Technologies, Usizo Engineering and Droogfontein Communal Property Association.

By the numbers


solar (PV) panels


power generated each year


local homes powered each year

Mainstream is powering South Africa on her just energy transition

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