Reutech, Soitec partner in multimillion-rand solar energy project


Reutech, a local technology company, and Soitec, a world leader in the energy industry, recently signed a contract for the supply of solar trackers for a large Concentrated Photovoltaic (CPV) power plant near Touwsrivier in the Western Cape, which, after completion, will become the largest CPV power plant in the world.

This plant forms part of Bid 1 of the government’s Renewable Energy Feed-In Tariff (REFIT) programme, which adds 1 400 megawatts of renewable energy to the national grid.

These robust and highly accurate CPV trackers were designed and developed at Reutech’s facility in Stellenbosch. The first prototype was developed, built and installed at Touwsrivier after only two months of extensive mechanical design engineering, being extremely short timescales for high technology projects of this nature.

Soitec was selected by the Department of Energy as one of the preferred bidders through the country’s Independent Power Producer (IPP) programme.

Reutech’s capabilities also include wind loading analysis, stress and deformation analysis, field assembly and maintenance, fixed and single axis mountings for photovoltaic power plants, and optimised mechanical structures for custom requirements.

Reutech, a subsidiary of Reunert, develops and manufactures ground and naval search and tracking systems for application in the industrial, military and renewable energy environments. Reunert is listed on the JSE in the industrial goods and services sector.