South Africa welcomes its newest wind farm as government officially lunches an 80MW Noupoort wind farm in the eastern Karoo region
The newly launched wind farm stretches out to 7,500 hectares of the Umsobomvu Municipal Area located 10km east of Noupoort in the Northern Cape. It also comprises thirty-five 99m-high wind turbines.
Government spent R1.9 billion to establish the 35 turbines Noupoort Wind Farm which is now producing clean renewable electrical energy to meet the needs of almost 70,000 average South African households.
The wind farm was established in Noupoort basically because of its exceptional wind resource, the favorable construction conditions, municipality and local stakeholder support, its proximity to national roads for wind turbine transportation, the straightforward electrical connection into the Eskom grid, among other reasons.
Excited at its achievement, the projects operator Mainstream Renewable Power said the wind farm achieved its commercial operations date on schedule and on budget.
“Today is of note because it is the first Round 3 wind farm to reach commercial operation. This is Mainstream’s fourth renewable energy project to reach commercial operation in South Africa.
“We also developed and built the Jeffrey’s Bay Wind Farm as well as the Droogfontein and De Aar solar power facilities from Round 1. And we’re currently building two wind farms near Loeriesfontein in the Northern Cape which are on track to start operating in December next year.” Terry Ryan, the Mainstream’s Group finance director said.
Noupoort Wind Farm is currently implementing various economic development projects, which include Capacity Building for existing and prospective entrepreneurs; local maths and science development programmes that incorporate science and computer labs as well as local Wi-Fi infrastructure, according to Businesstech.
The wind farm is expected to generate up to 304,800MWh of renewable energy per year and destroys up to 300,000 tonnes of carbon emissions each year when compared to traditional fossil fuel power plants.
South Africa also will benefit from minimal water consumption during the generation process and significant social and enterprise development programmes.