NOTICE OF ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT ASSESSMENT AND PUBLIC PARTICIPATION PROCESS FOR THE PROPOSED DEVELOPMENT OF THE MUTSHO SOLAR PHOTOVOLTAIC (PV) ENERGY FACILITIES NEAR MUSINA, LIMPOPO PROVINCE
Applicant: Mutsho Power (Pty) Ltd.
Proposed Activity: Establishment of four (4) Solar Photovoltaic (PV) Energy Facilities, each with a contracted capacity of up to 100MW which will connect to the Nzhelele Substation to enable the connection of the four (4) Solar PV Energy Facilities to the national grid for the evacuation of the generated power. It is the developer’s intention to develop the projects in a phased approach (i.e., 100MW at a time). Infrastructure associated with each project includes:
|Solar PV Energy Facilities|
|» Solar PV array comprising PV panels and mounting structures.
» Inverters and transformers.
» Cabling between the project components.
» 33/132kV onsite facility (IPP Portion), including associated equipment and infrastructure – the onsite substation will be completely constructed as part of phase 1 but only equipped for the first 100MW. When such a time comes that the next 100 MW is constructed, the existing substation will be equipped for the additional 100MW generation capacity (i.e., additional transformers, extending the busbars, etc.). This approach will be followed as each 100MW is added.
» Battery Energy Storage System (BESS) – In a similar manner to the onsite substation, one BESS will be constructed for the entire 400MW project. The BESS will be added in a phased approach as required. Each project phase may or may not require a BESS, depending on the Power Purchase Agreement requirements.
» Site offices, warehouses, and guardhouses.
» Water storage tanks at admin block for human consumption.
» Laydown areas.
» Internal gravel distribution roads.
Project Location: Located approximately 8km south-west of Mopane and 39km south-west of Musina, within the Musina Local Municipality and the Vhembe District Municipality in the Limpopo Province.
|Solar PV Facilities|
|Mutsho Solar PV1 (100MW)||» Farm Vrienden 589 MS – Solar Energy PV Facilities and associated infrastructure.|
|Mutsho Solar PV2 (100MW)|
|Mutsho Solar PV3 (100MW)|
|Mutsho Solar PV4 (100MW)|
Scoping and Environmental Impact Assessment (S&EIA): In terms of Sections 24 and 24D of the National Environmental Management Act (No 107 of 1998), as read with Government Notice R324 – R327, as amended, a S&EIA process is required for each Solar PV Facility. Savannah Environmental is undertaking the required S&EIA and public participation processes for these projects.
EIA Reports available for Review and Comment: The EIA Reports for each of the renewable energy facilities are available for download, review, and comment on the Savannah Environmental website. The 30-day review and comment period of the EIA Reports is from Friday, 13 January 2023 until Monday, 13 February 2023.
To obtain further information and register on the project database, please submit your name, contact information and interest in the project to the contact person below.
Nicolene Venter of Savannah Environmental
P.O. Box 148, Sunninghill, 2157
Tel: 011 656 3237
Mobile: 060 978 8396
Fax: 086 684 0547
Documents for public review are available for download.
Please click on the “Register Interest” button to obtain the Registration Code to access the project’s documents under the “View Download Page.