Enel reaches COD for 145-MW wind farm in S Africa

Enel Green Power wind power plant. Image by Enel Green Power.

December 7 (Renewables Now) - Italian electric utility Enel SpA (BIT:ENEL) said that its 145-MW Garob wind farm erected in the Northern Cape province of South Africa has started commercial operation.

Local subsidiary Enel Green Power RSA was in charge of the EUR-200-million (USD 225.7m) project. Garob has a 20-year power purchase agreement (PPA) with South African utility Eskom.

Enel estimates that the new wind facility would generate 573 GWh per year, enough to avoid up to 600,000 tonnes of carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions per year.

The wind farm was secured at the April 2015 fourth tender round of South Africa’s Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer Procurement Programme (REIPPPP).

With Garob, EGP RSA now has a total of 10 wind and solar farms operational, with a combined installed capacity of more than 800 MW, the Italian major noted. It plans to further expand its portfolio through participation in future tenders and power purchase agreements (PPAs) with industrial and commercial clients.

(EUR 1.0 = USD 1.129)

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