PPC Ltd : Sod turning for the Grassridge Wind Energy Facility in Port Elizabeth

18th October 2013  To: 18th October 2013

Sod turning for the Grassridge Wind Energy Facility in Port Elizabeth

Construction of the Grassridge Wind Energy Facility in Nelson Mandela Bay officially began today, with project representatives from the Department of Energy (DoE), InnoWind (Pty) Ltd, PPC Ltd and community representatives from Motherwell turning the first soil of the R 1.2 billion wind farm.
The Grassridge wind farm forms part of the DoE's Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer Procurement Programme and is being established at PPC's Grassridge Quarry. It is one of the first renewable energy projects developed on an operating quarry in South Africa.

InnoWind, a local wind energy developer owned by EDF Energies Nouvelles has developed the project. The wind farm is owned by Grassridge Wind Power, a project company which comprises of InnoWind, the Industrial Development Corporation and the Grassridge Winds of Change Community Trust (a local development trust representing the interests of the Motherwell community).

This facility will consist of 20 Vestas V-112 3MW wind turbines, with an installed capacity of 61.5
MW, delivering electricity equivalent to the annual consumption of approximately 40,000 households (160,000 people). The development is the first phase of possible future wind farm expansions in its vicinity.

"We have come a long way in bringing this project to fruition, and are all very excited to reach this milestone that is the start the construction of InnoWind's first wind farm in South Africa," said Kevin Minkoff, Project Manager at InnoWind.



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