April 16 (Renewables Now) - Renewable power producer Building Energy SpA today said it is starting construction this year of a 147-MW wind farm and a 4.7-MW small hydropower plant (HPP) in South Africa, the PPAs for which were signed recently.
The two plants were among the 2.3 GW of projects for which developers signed much-delayed PPAs (power purchase agreements) on April 4 with state-owned utility Eskom Holdings SOC Ltd at the presence of South Africa’s energy minister Jeff Radebe.
Details on the projects are in the table.
|Details||Wind project||Hydro project|
|Capacity||147 MW||4.7 MW|
|Location||Roggeveld, Laingsburg||Kruisvallei, Free State Province|
|Estimated output||613 GWh/year||28 GWh/year|
|CO2 emissions avoided||502,900 tonnes/year||23,800 tonnes/year|
|Commercial operation date (COD)||April 2021||N/A|
Building Energy was awarded preferred bidder status for the Roggeveld wind farm and Kruisvallei HPP in the fourth round of the Renewable Independent Power Producer Procurement (REIPPP) programme in April 2015.
In the first round of the REIPPP Programme, Building Energy secured a 81-MWp solar project in Kathu, which has been producing power since August 2014.