Mainstream receives first turbine towers for 360 MW wind plan in S Africa
Wind turbine towers. Source: Mainstream Renewable Power. License: All rights reserved.
Ireland’s Mainstream Renewable Power said today it is receiving the first deliveries of locally-made wind turbine towers for three projects in South Africa’s Northern Cape province with a combined capacity of 360 MW.
The company had previously ordered 157 wind turbine towers from GRI – Renewable Industries, which is manufacturing them at its factory in the town of Atlantis, near Cape Town. The first 35 towers will be used at the site of the 80-MW Noupoort wind project.
The other two projects that are awaiting deliveries are the Khobab and Loeriesfontein 2 developments, each with a capacity of 140 MW.
The projects were developed by a consortium led by Lekela Power, a 60/40 joint venture between private equity firm Actis and Mainstream. The group also includes the Renewable Energy Trust, Thebe Investment Corp, The IDEAS Managed Fund, Futuregrowth Asset Management and Genesis Eco-Energy in partnership with Lereko Metier Sustainable Capital.