New Southern Energy developed and built a solar system for Howbill fruit farm, in the Koue Bokkeveld region of the Western Cape, in South Africa.
For Phase 1 of the project, NSE designed a 1.135 Megawatt Single Axis Solar PV Tracker system, which is intended to reduce their electricity bill utilizing the sun’s energy. The PV Tables rotate on a single-axis tracking system, using slew drive motors and a central torque tube, tracking the sun from east to west, resulting in a substantial increase of energy produced. The integration of this technology means that the system generates more energy than a fixed PV system. The design also provides for Diesel and solar co-generation and soft load transfer.
The system has already produced in excess of 103 MW of power, which is consumed directly. Phase 2 and Phase 3 are work in progress.