R80m solar factory opens in CT

Rob Davies says the factory will contribute to further establishing SA as a hub for renewable energy.

FILE: JinkoSolar, a global heavyweight in the solar power industry, has opened its R80 million factory in Cape Town. Picture: Supplied.

CAPE TOWN - A global heavyweight in the solar power industry opened R80 million factory in Cape Town today, a move welcomed by government.

Trade and Industry Minister Rob Davies says JinkoSolar's facility will contribute to further establishing the country as a hub for renewable energy and green economies.

The company is a solar PV manufacturer that has to date delivered over 300 megawatts to South Africa.

The provincial government says the factory is a welcome investment in the province, as it will create jobs.

Western Cape Premier Helen Zille's spokesperson Michael Mpofu says the factory will create more jobs as well as investment in the Western Cape economy specifically.

"It's the first of its kind in Africa -it's quite modern and very advanced in the way production takes place."