ABB has won contracts worth around $225m for two turnkey photovoltaic power plants to be built in Limpopo, South Africa.

The two plants will have a generating capacity of 33 MW and 31 MW and will be among the first utility-scale PV projects to be built in the first phase of the South African government’s long-term renewable energy programme.

The orders came from two special purpose entities, Core Energy and Erika Energy, whose primary stakeholders include solar giant Sun Edison.

Power from the plants will be fed into the transmission grid via a new high-voltage substation. Together, the plants, which are due for completion in 2013, will generate 130 gigawatt hours of electricity per year.

Brice Koch, head of ABB’s Power Systems division, said: “Our vast experience in supplying high-efficiency PV power plants, combined with our local capabilities and presence, will enable us to deliver best-in-class solutions and support the country’s vision to integrate renewable energies.”