On Monday, a consortium led by international wind and solar company Mainstream Renewable Power has been awarded preferred bidder status in the second round of window four under the South African Department of Energy’s Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer Procurement Programme (REIPPPP) for two large-scale wind power projects.
The wind projects will have a combined generation capacity of 259MW, and according to the South African-based renewable company, the projects represent an investment of an estimated ZAR5.9 billion ($479 million).
The DoE has not yet released a date for financial close.
Mainstream managing director Onshore Procurement, Construction and Operations Barry Lynch said in a company statement: “Renewable energy ticks three important boxes for South Africa’s energy needs. Firstly, the cost of these projects is now cheaper than new coal-fired generation. Secondly, they can be brought into commercial operation at the speed required and thirdly they meet the scale needed to address the country’s growing electricity demand.”
The projects awarded include:
- 140MW Kangnas Wind Farm located in the Nama Khoi Municipality in the Northern Cape
- 110MW Perdekraal East Wind Farm located in the Cape Winelands District and Witzenberg Local Municipalities of the Western Cape
In round three of the REIPPPP programme, Mainstream was awarded preferred bidder status for three large-scale wind farms in the Northern Cape with a total generation capacity of 360MW.
The three wind projects represent a total investment of an estimated ZAR9 billion ($720 million).
The three wind farms awarded in round three include:
- The 140MW Khobab wind farm located in the district municipality of Namakwa in the Northern Cape
- The 140MW Loeriesfontein 2 wind farm located in the district municipality of Namakwa in the Northern Cape
- The 80MW Noupoort wind farm located in the local municipality of Umsobomvu in the Northern Cape
Earlier this year, all three farms reached financial close and construction was set to begin in Namakwa, Northern Cape.