Wind turbine. Author: Martin Cathrae. License: CC BY-SA 2.0
Spanish engineering and renewables group Acciona SA (BME:ANA) announced on Tuesday the commercial operation of its first South African wind farm, with an installed capacity of 138 MW in Drakenstein, Western Cape province.
The Gouda plant is equipped with 3-MW Acciona Windpower turbines which are expected to generate 423 GWh a year, enough for some 200,000 local homes. The project was developed by the same Acciona-led consortium that owns the 74-MW Sishen photovoltaic plant in the country. Acciona Energia holds 51% in the consortium and its partners are South African infrastructure firm Aveng Ltd (JSE:AEG), Soul City Broad-Based Empowerment Co (SCBBEC) and the Local Community Trust.
Sishen, operational since late 2014, and Gouda were approved in the second round of South Africa's Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer Procurement Programme, designed to stimulate via power purchase agreements the installation of a total 3,725 MW, mainly wind and solar. Acciona said it plans to compete in the next rounds for additional renewable energy capacity.
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