Noupoort wind farm connects to Eskom grid 12 months into construction

AA – Mainstream today announces its 80 megawatt Noupoort Wind Farm in South Africa’s Northern Cape is now connected to the Eskom grid and commissioning of wind turbines has commenced, one year to the day since it reached financial close and started construction.

This ZAR1.9 billion wind farm is expected to start supplying electricity to the national grid by July 2016 and is the first wind farm to be connected to the grid under Round 3 of the South African Government’s Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer Procurement Programme (REIPPPP).

Construction Manager, Mainstream’s Martina Flanagan said: “Not only is renewable energy generation cheaper than fossil fuels and nuclear but this shows it can be built in a fraction of the time. South Africa needs large quantities of low-cost power and it needs it now. This wind farm ticks all those boxes.

She continued: “One year to the day since we reached financial close and started construction, the wind farm is connected to the grid and the wind turbines are being commissioned. This wind farm will supply enough renewable electricity to power more than 69,000 South African homes.”

Eddie O’Connor, founder and CEO of Mainstream Renewable Power, comments: “We are incredibly proud to play such an important role in helping to build South Africa’s new energy capacity. This project is set to deliver 80 megawatts of much-needed sustainable and low carbon electricity to the country’s power grid.”

Mainstream has an additional two wind farms currently in construction in South Africa under the government’s highly successful REIPPPP and a further two wind farms expected to reach financial close this year. The company delivered the Jeffreys Bay wind farm and two solar PV plants into operation in 2014 under the first round of the programme.

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