Iberdrola commissions 200MW renewable energy projects in South Africa

In a major breakthrough in wind power sector in South Africa, Spanish utility provider Iberdrola has completed two of its first renewable energy projects in South Africa.

The projects include construction of two wind farms and a photovoltaic power plant. The company has completed the Noblesfontein and Klipheuwel wind farms. The Jasper PV project is nearing completion. The three contracts are valued €273 million in total.

Klipheuwel wind powerThe company has commissioned a capacity of 200 megawatts (MW), enough to supply electricity to 150,000 South African households, the company said.

The South African projects are the largest project carried out by the utility company in the renewable energy sector in Africa.

The contract worth €112 million for the Noblesfontein facility that has a capacity of 74 MW was awarded by a consortium formed by Spanish firm Gestamp Wind and two South African partners: Shanduka and Sarge. The facility uses 41 Vestas V100 model of wind turbines.

The €40 million Klipheuwel wind farm project was awarded by South African firm Biotherm Energy and has a capacity of 27 MW. The project is located close to the town of Caledon. The project is jointly developed by IBERDROLA INGENIERÍA and Group Five. Wind turbines were supplied by Chinese firm Sinovel.

IBERDROLA INGENIERÍA is also close to completing the Jasper photovoltaic power plant, which at 96 MW is the largest in Africa.  The project is developed in partnership with Group Five and has been selected by the Jasper Power Company for a contract valued at €121 million.

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