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South Africa: TotalEnergies Heads for the Sun
This is the story of Romain Sormani, sent by Total to South Africa to build a solar power plant. Some 200,000 SunPower panels were installed on a 200-hectare site to create Prieska.
Tony Comiti – TotalEnergies
Sequence 1: Romain Sormani
I’m Romain Sormani and I'm in charge of growing solar activities for Total in South Africa. I’m overseeing the Prieska project, a photovoltaic power plant located around 800 kilometers north of Cape Town.
Our competitive price was a key factor in the government's decision to choose Total. It was also and most importantly based on our ability to develop complex projects, build solid, lasting partnerships with local stakeholders and develop a high-value-added project for the country and government with SunPower's expertise and technology.
Mulilo is our main partner for project development in South Africa. We first teamed up with them in 2011.
- You good?
- All good.
-Good to see you man.
In South Africa, Mulilo is one of the biggest renewable energy companies. We were looking to expand and do a lot more projects in South Africa. And we needed to partner with a large corporation to be able to grow — and we met the guys from Total. Then, very quickly, we concluded a deal. It’s a very exciting relationship.
“So how long is the drive to Prieska now?”
“It’s about thirty minutes.”
Prieska's site, which covers roughly 200 hectares, is located in the Northern Cape, a desert region of South Africa.
- Hello Andre!
- It’s good to see you.
- Thank you.
- Good to see you, OK!
- Yeah, yeah!
Sequence 4: Presentation of the site with Andre Bakker and the SunPower team.