Eskom’s Sere wind farm is making progress, with seven of the planned 46 turbines having been erected to date. The R2.4 billion Sere wind farm is due to be in full commercial operation by the end of 2014.

The Sere wind farm will generate up to 100 MW of power for the national grid, avoiding nearly 4.7 million tonnes of carbon emissions over 20 years. Sere takes its name from the Nama word for cool breeze.

The project has been funded by a group of development finance institutions, including the World Bank, African Development Bank, Clean Technology Fund and Agence Francaise de Developpement.

Eskom’s Sere wind farm will comprise 46 Siemens 2.3-108 wind turbine generators the project includes construction of a new substation and a 132 kV distribution line. It has an expected operating life of 20 years, with average annual energy production of about 233,000 MWh.

Alongside the Sere project, Eskom has a 100 MW concentrating solar plant (CSP) project near Upington in the Northern Cape, which also has funding from development finance institutions. It has also installed solar photovoltaic panels to provide auxiliary power at its head office and at two of its coal-fired power stations, with a view to rolling out solar PV across other facilities.