Enel’s first South African wind farm connected to the grid
Engineering News – The 88-MW Nojoli wind farm in theEastern Cape Province has been connected to the grid. The project, developed by Enel Green Power South Africa(EGP RSA), is Enel’s first wind farm to start production in the country.
EGP RSA has nearly 1 GW of wind and solar photovoltaic (PV) projects currently in execution, with three PV plants – the 82.5-MW Paleisheuwel plant, in the Western Cape, the 66-MW Tom Burke facility, in Limpopo, and the 10-MW Upington plant, in the Northern Cape – in production.
A further 276-MW of renewables capacity is under construction, including the Adams and Pulida solar PV plants, both with capacities of 82.5 MW, as well as the 111-MW Gibson Bay wind farm. The Nojoli wind farm is supported by a 20-year power purchase agreement with Eskom and was selected in October 2013 following the third bid window of South Africa’s Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer Procurement Programme (REIPPPP). “The completion of Nojoli demonstrates our continued commitment to the South African REIPPPP”, Enel’s country manager in South Africa Bill Price said in a statement.
Price also highlighted the “swift time to production and favourable cost competitiveness” of its renewables projects relative to other new power generation sources. The new wind farm is expected to generate more than 275 GWh a year.