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Five on-shore wind farms were announced in round four of REIPPPP

In South Africa, independent power producer Pele Green Energy (PGE) has secured preferred bidder status on two wind power projects with a generation capacity of 140MW each in the Eastern Cape and Northern Cape respectively.

The projects form part of the fourth bidding window for the Department of Energy’s Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer Procurement Programme (REIPPPP).

Gqi Raoleka, executive director: Investment & Funding at PGE, said: “The announcement of the winning round-four projects represents an increase of 280MW into the total portfolio of power plants for PGE, raising our overall nameplate capacity of power plants to 639MW across solar and wind."

PGE renewable energy projects

In December 2014, PGE secured an agreement to develop a 100MW CSP solar project in South Africa's Northern Cape as part of round 3.5 of the CSP-only bidding programme.

PGE said in a statement that the project is currently preparing for financial close so construction can start.

Commenting on the importance of the CSP development, Raoleka said: “This project is particularly significant due to the enormous job creation potential during construction and through the operations and maintenance phase in comparison to regular solar PV."

"It is also significant as it will provide base-load renewable power into the South African energy grid.”

Another project in PGE's portfolio is the 88MW Njoli Wind Farm located in the Eastern Cape, which reached financial close in Q1 of 2015, in which the IPP is a co-shareholder.

The farm, which is majority owned by Enel Green Power, formed part of the third bidding window for REIPPPP, PGE said in a statement.

Thapelo Motlogeloa, executive director: EPC and O&M at PGE, said: “We are looking forward to playing our role in adding more renewable-powered energy on behalf of our client to the national power grid. We aim to make a positive social contribution in the communities where projects are located, in terms of job creation and by supporting local enterprises.”

REIPPPP round four

On Thursday, the energy minister of South Africa, Tina Joemat-Pettersson, officially announced the 13 winners that were awarded preferred bidder status.

Five of the projects were allocated to wind power including 140MW Roggeveld Wind Farm, 140MW Karusa Wind Farm, 139MW Nxuba Wind Farm, 117MW Golden Valley Wind Farm and 140MW Oyster Bay Wind Farm.