NOTICE OF AN EXTERNAL COMPLIANCE AUDIT (SECTION 54) AND PUBLIC PARTICIPATION PROCESS: VALLEYDORA PV 75MW SOLAR FACILITY, SPRINGFONTEIN, FREE STATE PROVINCE
As a registered Interested and Affected Party for the Valleydora Solar 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 SolaireDirect Southern Africa (Pty) Ltd compliance with the Environmental Management Programme (EMPr) applicable to the project.
SolaireDirect Southern Africa (Pty) Ltd, an independent developer of solar power plants, proposes the establishment of the 75MW Valleydora solar facility on a site located approximately 3km east of the N1 national road and 140km south of Bloemfontein and east of the town of Springfontein in the Free State Province. This facility will consist of multiple PV panels with generating capacity of up to 75MWp, as well as associated infrastructure which will include mounting structures, an inverter, a solar resource monitoring station and associated infrastructure. The Valleydora PV 75MW Solar Facility received an Environmental Authorisation (EA) on 30 April 2013 (12/12/20/2595). The validity of the EA has subsequently been extended to 30 April 2021 (12/12/20/2595/AM3). The construction of the solar PV facility and associated infrastructure 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.
The entire Valleydora solar PV facility is located on the following properties:
Remainder of the Farm Knapdaar 14;
Remainder of the Farm Kuilfontein 195; and
Remainder of the Farm Hermanus Rust 2016.
In terms of Section 54(A)(3) of the EIA Regulations 2014 of GNR 326, an independent External Compliance Audits (‘a 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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