South African project developer, G7 Renewable Energies has announced that the Roggeveld Wind Farm will start construction after having recently reached financial close.

The developer initiated development of the Roggeveld Wind Farm in 2009. Dr Kilian Hagemann, co-founder and managing director emphasised that “with Roggeveld, we have proven G7’s abilities to develop the most competitive wind farms on the subcontinent by optimising all siting and technical aspects.”

The 147MW wind farm is situated in the Karoo on the boundary between the Western and Northern Cape provinces. Read more: IPP to develop mini hydroelectric plant in Free State Province

On the 4th April 2018, the  renewable energy project signed its power purchase agreement with the South African Minister of Energy, Jeff Radebe, under the Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer Procurement Programme (REIPPPP).

“We welcome that this internationally acclaimed renewable energy program has now been decisively reinvigorated by the Minister and the South African government,” Dr Hagemann added.

Roggeveld Wind Farm

Roggeveld is scheduled to reach commercial operations in April 2021 and will generate about 613GWh of electricity per year, enough to satisfy the needs of roughly 49,200 households.

“Roggeveld is a great example of the successes of the South African government’s REIPPPP, which not only stimulates private sector investment but also yields substantial benefits for local communities through economic development and South Africa’s electricity consumers at large,” Hagemann concluded.

African Utility Week