Client: BioTherm Energy
Location: Hibernia, South Africa
Looking to launch its small PV solar project at Hibernia, South Africa, toward energy production, BioTherm Energy used POWER ‘s development and design expertise to initiate EPC tendering. Serving as Owner’s Engineer, POWER created a Generation Energy Model in PVsyst software to determine the site’s estimated output for the 5 MW power plant in the Free State Province. We developed preliminary design for the site with a goal to maximize power production and minimize the cost of installation. The site plan established panel array orientations to make the most of the solar resource. We also created preliminary designs for cost-effective AC and DC electrical systems, cable routing, and SCADA and communications systems. Based on this concept design for the plant, our team produced equipment and construction specifications and the complete bid packages BioTherm needed to establish construction costs and to bid the project. Once the bids were received, POWER assisted with their evaluations and the selection of a contractor.