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SA launches one of continent's largest wind farms in Jeffrey's Bay

The R3 billion Jeffreys Bay wind farm in the Eastern Cape, comprising sixty 80-metre high turbines spread over 3 700 hectares, will supply enough clean, renewable electricity to power more than 100 000 homes a year.

Built by a consortium led by British company Globeleq, the 138 megawatt (MW) wind farm is one of the largest in Africa. The facility was built under the government's renewable energy programme for independent power producers.

In May 2014, Globeleq and its local and international partners unveiled the 50 MW De Aar and 50 MW Droogfontein solar photovoltaic plants in the Northern Cape. Also part of the government's programme, the two plants represented a combined investment of R3 billion.

"The completion of these facilities is the result of a truly global partnership with the government of South Africa and Eskom, and the private sector of developers, investors, lenders, constructors, suppliers and the local community," Globeleq CEO Mikael Karlsson said in a statement last week.

"It demonstrates significant support for independent private power producers in the region and indicates the sustainability of the renewable energy sector."

According to Globeleq, more than 700 people worked on the site during the wind farm's construction, and 45 percent of the people were drawn from the local community.

"A percentage of the project's operational revenues will be reinvested into the local community through socio-economic and enterprise development programmes, creating the skills needed to support the growth of the renewable energy industry in South Africa," the company said.

Article courtesy:  SA Good News

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