South Africa: SA Launches One of Africa's Biggest Wind Farms

16th July 2014  To: 16th July 2014

The initiatives undertaken by the South African government through the Renewable Energy Independent Power Producers (RE-IPP) program have started to reap results now with the commissioning of the solar and wind energy projects auctioned during the first phase of the program in 2011.

After commissioning some large solar power projects under over the last few months, and entering the world’s top ten utility solar power markets, South Africa has started sourcing electricity from its largest wind energy project. The 138 MW Jeffreys Bay Wind Farm was allocated to a consortium, of which the developer Globeleq is a part, three years ago during the first phase auction of the RE-IPP.

The consortium consists of Globeleq as the majority stakeholder, Mainstream Renewable Power, Old Mutual, Thebe Investment Corporation, engineering firms Enzani Technologies and Usizo Engineering and the Amadla Omoya Trust. Globeleq, through its wholly owned South African subsidiary, manages the operation and commercial aspects of the wind and solar energy projects.

With the planned annual production of 460 GWh, it is expected Jeffreys Bay will avoid production of 420,000 tonnes of CO2 per year, and provide a source of renewable electricity for nearly 100,000 average South African households. The Jeffreys Bay Wind Farm was constructed by Siemens and a South African consortium of Murray & Roberts and Conco.



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