On Monday, the first wind farm in round three of the Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer Procurement Programme (REIPPPP) commenced full operation with the 80MW Noupoort Wind Farm connecting all 35 turbines successfully to the grid.
Savva Antoniadis, country programme manager for Noupoort Wind Farm, said: “We are thrilled to have reached this milestone on target and to have met all Eskom’s requirements including Grid Code Compliance, thereby achieving COD just 17 months after construction commenced.”
According to the Farm, South Africa’s wind energy sector is already supplying enough electrical energy to power more than half a million households from 15 large wind farms generating over 3GW of wind energy.
Noupoort Wind Farm achieves milestones
The ZAR1.9 billion ($697 million) wind project, is situated in the Umsobomvu Municipal Area located 10km east of Noupoort in the Northern Cape, stretching across 7,500 hectares and comprises of thirty five 99m-high wind turbines.
According to the Noupoort Wind Farm team, when the farm is operating at full capacity, it will generate around 304,800MWh of power per annum, which is expected to provide power to 69,000 domestic households.
The Farm noted that this project will effectively eliminate approximately 300,000 tonnes of carbon emissions each year when compared to traditional fossil fuel power plants.
“In addition to zero carbon emissions and reduced use of fossil fuels, the country will benefit from minimal water consumption during the generation process and significant social and enterprise development programmes,” they added.
“We are currently implementing various economic development projects, which include Capacity Building for existing and prospective entrepreneurs; and local maths and science development programmes that incorporate science and computer labs as well as local Wi-Fi infrastructure,” explained Antoniadis.
The team at Noupoort Wind Farm has been working closely with the various Eskom teams to achieve this milestone, but value the positive community relationships equally as much.
“Our Project has received resounding support from the local municipality and the surrounding communities who supported us throughout the construction phase, for this we most grateful and look forward to a long and mutually beneficially relationship,” added Antoniadis.
Featured image: Noupoort Wind Farm