Jeffreys Bay Wind Farm fully commissioned
Jeffreys Bay Wind Farm has announced that all 60 of its wind turbines are in place and fully commissioned. The project is moving swiftly along to its Commercial Operations Date, and will soon be generating enough clean, renewable electricity to power more than 110 000 average South African homes and avoid over 420 000 tonnes of carbon emissions each year.
The Project began supplying power to Eskom in December last year and erected its final turbine in February, "We were one of the country's first wind farms to be connected to the national power grid and look forward to achieving commercial operations soon," said Mark Pickering, General Manager of Jeffreys Bay Wind Farm.
Jeffreys Bay Wind Farm spans 3 700 ha and is one of the first wind farms being developed by the South African Governments Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer Procurement Programme (REIPPP). The site was chosen for its optimal wind conditions and minimal environmental constraints, as well as its close proximity to a 132 kV Eskom grid line. With demand for electricity continuing to grow in South Africa, the introduction of this clean energy will have far reaching benefits for the country's power sector, economy and people.