Canadian Solar Inc. is the supplier of 666.4kW of solar PV modules for the iconic solar project on Robben Island, near Cape Town in South Africa.
"The microgrid on Robben Island is the largest combined solar and lithium-ion storage microgrid system in South Africa," said Dom Wills, CEO of SOLA Future Energy, who were responsible for the design and construction of the project. "For Robben Island, we have chosen our partners carefully as we wanted to ensure highest quality, safety and sustainability. For this very reason, Canadian Solar as a module supplier, was the natural fit, making a difference in lighting up Africa and Robben Island together. With this PV installation, a reduction of the Island's carbon emission by at least 820 tons can be achieved."
"It is my great honor to have been invited to the opening of the Robben Island Solar Park, as this island is closely linked to the history of South Africa and Nelson Mandela and his vision for a better future. Canadian Solar would like to take our share in the promotion of solar energy and to pave the way forward to a greener and more sustainable future in Africa." commented Dr. Shawn Qu.