September 12 (Renewables Now) - The first turbine at the 110-MW Perdekraal East onshore wind farm project in South Africa has been erected, the project developer, Mainstream Renewable Power informed on Thursday.
The Ireland-based renewables developer credited the locally hired workforce with installing the turbine, saying that each machine takes about a day to be lifted if the weather permits. The project is moving along schedule and within budget, Mainstream added.
Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy SA (BME:SGRE) has been selected as the technology supplier. The wind farm is designed to have 48 units of SWT-2.3-108 turbines with a 115-metre tower and fibreglass reinforced epoxy blades.
Located in the Western Cape province, the Perdekraal East wind farm is expected to reach commercial operation in the first quarter of 2020.