Odzani-Mini Hydroelectric
Matteo Brambilla with South African energy minister Jeff Radebe

Global integrated Independent Power Producer (IPP) Building Energy has secured the right to build, own and operate a 147MW wind plant in Roggeveld and a 4,7MW mini hydroelectric plant in Free State.

The deals were made official in the presence of South African energy minister Jeff Radebe and Matteo Brambilla, Building Energy managing director Africa and Middle East.

“We are delighted to have signed the agreement at the presence of Minister of Energy of South Africa for the construction of the Roggeveld plant, which represents our first wind farm in South Africa,” said Brambilla

He added: “We are also excited to develop two of the 2.3GW of renewable energy projects allocated by South African government in the first major investment deal under President Cyril Ramaphosa.” Read more: South African IPP secures projects totalling 620MW

Wind and hydro projects

The company had been awarded preferred bidder status under Round 4 of the South African Department of Energy Renewable Independent Power Producer Procurement (REIPPP) Programme for the wind and hydro projects in April 2015.

These agreements will be the official start for the construction of the wind farm in Roggeveld, in the Laingsburg area, straddling the border between the Northern and Western Cape Provinces and the small-hydroelectric plant in Kruisvallei, in the Free State Province.

The Roggeveld wind farm is expected to generate around 613GWh per year and construction work is scheduled to begin this year and the commercial operation date is foreseen to be in April 2021.

On the other hand, Kruisvallei small-hydroelectric plant will generate around 28GWh of energy annually, catering to the energy needs of more than 2.330 households.

In addition to covering the community’s energy needs, the plant will save atmospheric emissions of more than 23.800 tonnes of CO2 per year.

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