NOTICE OF AN EXTERNAL COMPLIANCE AUDIT (SECTION 54) AND PUBLIC PARTICIPATION PROCESS: 10MW & 75MW GROOTSPRUIT PV SOLAR ENERGY FACILITY AND GRID CONNECTION INFRASTRUCTURE, FREE STATE PROVINCE
As a registered Interested and Affected Party for the 10MW Grootspruit PV Solar Energy Facility, please be advised that in terms of Section 54(a)(3) of the EIA regulations (GNR 326, 7 April 2018), Savannah Environmental (Pty) Ltd has undertaken an external environmental compliance audit and prepared an external environmental compliance audit report assessing Solaire Direct Southern Africa (Pty) Ltd compliance with the Environmental Management Programme (EMPr) applicable to the project.
Solaire Direct Southern Africa (Pty) Ltd, an independent developer of solar power plants, proposes the establishment of the 10MW Grootspruit PV Solar Energy Facility on the Farm Grootspruit (Odendaalsrus RD) in the Free State Province. This facility will consist of multiple PV panels with a total generating capacity of up to 10MW, as well as associated infrastructure which will include mounting structures, inverter/transformer enclosures and a grid connection substation. The 10MW Grootspruit PV Solar Energy Facility received an Environmental Authorisation (EA) on 1 February 2013 (14/12/16/3/3/1/644). The validity of the EA has subsequently been extended to 1 February 2020 (14/12/16/3/3/1/644/AM4). The construction of the PV power facility and associated infrastructure has not commenced as yet. Construction will only commence once the project has been granted a preferred bidder status by the Department of Mineral Resources and Energy (DMRE) under the Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer Procurement (REIPPP) Programme.
In terms of Section 54(A)(3) of the EIA Regulations 2014 of GNR 326, an independent External Compliance Audits (‘S54 Audit’) is required to verify compliance with the Environmental Management Programmes (EMPr) for the project. This letter hereby notifies all potential and registered interested and affected parties, including organs of state with applicable jurisdiction as well as the competent authority, of the submission of the external compliance audit report to the competent authority. The report is available for inspection at https://www.savannahsa.com/public-documents/other/ for 14 days from date of this notification.
Please direct any queries, information requests or comments to the DEA compliance directorate, at the following:
Department of Environmental Affairs (DEA) Legal Authorisations and Compliance Inspectorate
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