Sol Invictus 3 & 5 PV Solar Plants

NOTIFICATION OF AMENDMENT OF ENVIRONMENTAL AUTHORISATION FOR THE

PROPOSED CONSTRUCTION OF THE SOL INVICTUS 3 PV SOLAR PLANT AND ITS ASSOCIATED INFRASTRUCTURE, NORTHERN CAPE PROVINCE – DEA REF: 14/12/16/3/3/2/872/1  &

PROPOSED CONSTRUCTION OF THE SOL INVICTUS 5 PV SOLAR PLANT AND ITS ASSOCIATED INFRASTRUCTURE, NORTHERN CAPE PROVINCE  – DEA REF: 14/12/16/3/3/2/872/2

Cyrafusion (Pty) Ltd submitted an application for Environmental Authorisation (EA) to the Department of Environmental Affairs (DEA) for the construction of the Sol Invictus 3 Photovoltaic (PV) Solar Plant and its associated infrastructure, Northern Cape Province, on 22 September 2016 as amended (DEA Ref: 14/12/16/3/3/2/872).

An application to amend the EA was submitted in July 2018 which requested to amend the photovoltaic (PV) panel heights by increasing the height of the PV panels from 3m to 5m.  In addition, in terms of the Department of Energy’s (DoE) competitive bidding process for procuring renewable energy from Independent Power Producers (IPPs) in South Africa, a threshold has been set for the maximum amount of megawatts per project entered into the bid.  The threshold for a single solar energy project for submission into the bid has been set at 75MW. Therefore, to meet the requirements of DoE, the applicant requested the split of the project authorisation from one single 150MW project into two (2) separate 75MW capacity PV facilities with associated infrastructure (i.e. 75MW Sol Invictus 3 Photovoltaic (PV) Solar Plant and its associated infrastructure, Northern Cape Province and 75MW Sol Invictus 5 Photovoltaic (PV) Solar Plant and its associated infrastructure, Northern Cape Province).

The applicant hereby notifies all registered interested and affected parties, as instructed by the decisions issued by the DEA on 14 February 2019, and in terms of Regulation 4(2) of the Environmental Impact Assessment Regulations, 2014, as amended, of the outcome of the applications for amendment.  The DEA granted the amendment of the EAs for the above-mentioned projects.

A copy of the EAs are available for download for your perusal.

NOTICE OF APPEAL PROCESS

As a registered interested and affected party, your attention is drawn to Chapter 2, Regulation 4(2) of Government Notice No. 993, which prescribes the appeal procedure to be followed.  Should you wish to appeal the decision, or any part of the decision, by the DEA, you must submit an appeal to the appeal administrator, and a copy of the appeal to the applicant, any registered interested and affected party and organ of state with interest in the matter within 20 days from the date that the notification of the decision was sent to registered interested and affected parties by the applicant (i.e. 11 March 2019).

Appeals must be submitted in writing on the prescribed form to:

The Director: Appeals and Legal Review

Email:              AppealsDirectorate@environment.gov.za

Post:                Private Bag X447, Pretoria, 0001

By hand:          Environment House, 473 Steve Biko Street, Arcadia, Pretoria, 0083

To obtain the prescribed appeal form and for guidance on the submission of appeals, please visit the DEA’s website at: https://www.enviornment.gov.za/documents/forms#legal_authorisations or request a copy of the documents at appealsdirectorate@environment.gov.za

Please note that appeals should not be addressed to the consultant (Savannah Environmental).

Documents for public review are available for download.

Please click publicprocess@savannahsa.com to access the document.

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