November 4 (Renewables Now) - Italy’s Enel SpA (BIT:ENEL), through its South African renewables arm Enel Green Power RSA, has initiated construction of two 140-MW wind farms in the Karoo Hoogland District, Northern Cape province.
The twin projects, Karusa and Soetwater, will each represent an investment of over EUR 200 million (USD 222.8m), Enel said. Once in operation, they will supply electricity to South African utility Eskom under a 20-year power purchase agreement (PPA).
Their construction is due to be finalised by the end of 2021, after which they will each generate an estimated 585 GWh per year.
With the launch of Karusa and Soetwater, Enel is now building 700 MW of wind capacity across five active construction sites in South Africa. Its other wind projects are Nxuba and Oyster Bay in the Northern Cape and Garob in the Eastern Cape, all featuring 140 MW of installed capacity.
The Italian company secured the five projects in Round 4 of the South African government’s Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer Procurement Programme (REIPPPP).
Enel Green Power RSA currently has more than 520 MW of wind and solar farms in service across South Africa.
(EUR 1.0 = USD 1.114)