South Africa’s Loeriesfontein and Khobab wind farms have announced the start of their 20-year commercial operations, with a generation capacity of 140MW each. The wind farms will collectively power up to 2,40,000 South African households, thereby influencing the economy of the country and its people.
These two wind farms located in the Northern Cape of South Africa, which has one of the highest volumes of renewable energy utility power plants in the country, comprise a total of 122 wind turbine generators, spanning 6,653 ha.
Premier of the Northern Cape, Sylvia Lucas, when speaking about the growing demand of renewable energy programme in the country, said, “Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer Procurement Programme (REIPPPP) is a priority programme for the province and proves to be a game changer. This is a sector that can assist government to radically transform the economy.”
She also stated that more than 60 per cent of South Africa’s Independent Power Producers till now have been distributed to the Northern Cape through which local and foreign investments are enticed to the province and the country as a whole. This places them at the front of the Renewable Energy Industry.
The two farms are owned by a consortium led by Lekela Power, which provides clean and renewable energy across South Africa. The CEO of Lekela, Chis Antonopoulos stated their pleasure and that of their counterparts to have added more than a million megawatt hours of clean, renewable energy each year to the country’s national grid, avoiding an estimated 22mn tonnes of carbon emissions over the lifespan of the projects, when compared to traditional fossil fuel power plants.