Sirius Solar PV Project Two

Sirius Solar PV Project Two

Project Name: Sirius Solar PV Project Two Part 2 Amendment, Northern Cape Province.

Applicant: Sirius Solar PV Project Two RF (Pty) Ltd

Proposed Amendments:  To include the construction and operation of a Battery Energy Storage System (BESS) for the authorised Sirius Solar PV Project Two, with a contracted capacity of up to 4.5MWh into the project description of the Environmental Authorisation (EA), as well as an increase in the contracted capacity of Sirius Solar PV Project two by 75MW within the authorised development footprint.  The BESS will have a footprint of approximately 6.5ha and will be developed within the authorised footprint of Sirius Solar PV Project Two in close proximity to the substation.  The BESS will connect to the authorised on-site facility substation of Sirius Solar PV Project Two via underground cables.

Taking the above into consideration, Sirius Solar PV Project Two RF (Pty) Ltd is requesting the Department of Environment, Forestry and Fisheries to amend the project description of the EA (dated 9 July 2014) as follows:

Export Capacity 150MW
Battery Energy Storage System Consisting of the following components:

–       Lithium-ion, Lithium Iron Phosphate, Sodium Sulphur and Vanadium Redox batteries inside containers with a maximum height of 2.8m; and

–       Multi-core, 33kV underground cables to connect the battery storage area to the on-site facility substation of the solar PV facility.

Project Location: ~21km south-west of Upington, within the Kai !Garib Local Municipality and the ZF Mgcawu District Municipality in the Northern Cape Province on the Remaining Extent of the Farm Tungsten Lodge 638.  The project falls within the Upington Renewable Energy Development Zone (REDZ 7).

In terms of Condition 5 of the Environmental Authorisation dated 9 July 2014 and Regulation 31 of the EIA Regulations of December 2014, as amended, it is possible for an Applicant to apply, in writing, to the competent authority for a change or deviation from the project description to be approved.

In terms of Regulation 32 of the Environmental Impact Assessment Regulations of 2014, as amended, opportunity is being provided to the public to submit comments on the proposed amendments.  Interested and Affected Parties can request further information via email or telephone correspondence from the contact person below.  Comments can be submitted in writing via post or email to the contact person below:

Nicolene Venter

PO Box 148, Sunninghill, 2157

Phone: 011 656 3237

Mobile: 060 978 8396

Fax: 086 680 0547



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