Building Energy goes ahead with 152 MW of S African wind, hydro

Contract signing with Energy Minister Jeff Radebe. Image by Building Energy.

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.

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