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Brand Engineering diversifies to incorporate renewable energy

By on 16 October 2013

Brand Engineering SA (Pty) Ltd stands at the doorway to a new era in renewable energy generation in South Africa. It is diversifying and expanding its role in the electrical engineering industry, and has been awarded a total of 14 projects in the implementation of solar and wind energy.

Established over 40 years ago, Brand Engineering, together with its two Empowerment Companies, Besamandla (Western Cape) and Besamandla (Eastern Cape), is a leading electrical contractor in Southern Africa and throughout the African continent. Its venture into the renewable energy sector forms part of the Department of Energy'€™s (DoE's) Renewable Energy Independent Power Producers Programme (REIPPP).

Solar Power

The company was initially awarded five engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) contracts to carry out electrical and automation installations for photovoltaic (PV) solar energy projects, as well as three separate grid connection projects. These projects, won by Independent Power Producers (IPPs) in the first round of the REIPPP, are situated in the Northern Cape with one in North West Province. Procurement is well underway and implementation has started.

The five projects are:

  • 6.8 MW plant at Rustmo 1 (North West)
  • 10 MW plant at Konkoonsies (Northern Cape)
  • 10 MW plant at Aries (Northern Cape)
  • 22 MW plant at Herbert (Northern Cape)
  • 11 MW plant at Greefspan (Northern Cape)

Preferred bidders for the second round of the REIPPP were announced last year. In this round Brand Engineering was awarded another two PV contracts at Aurora and Vredendal solar plants in the Western Cape where construction has commenced.

Wind power

It is in the second round that the company was also appointed to carry out three EPC wind power projects in the Eastern Cape. "Wind power generates energy 24 hours per day, which helps overcome intermittency challenges and improves security of supply," states Kriel. The three wind projects are:

  • 62 MW Grassridge wind farm
  • 25 MW Waainek wind farm
  • 22 MW Chaba wind farm

Solar rooftop

Another initiative that the company is undertaking to further strengthen its role in the transition to the renewable energy industry in South Africa is that of solar roof top development. "€œAs is the case with renewable energy IPP projects, this leading edge roof top initiative can contribute dramatically to energy savings and green energy generation in South Africa," Kriel explains. The concept is the same as that of the PV solar energy projects, but the panels will be located on roof tops in highly populated commercial locations. Brand Engineering has completed the first solar roof top at Black River Park in Observatory in Cape Town, which is expected to be the biggest roof top development in Southern Africa, and is in the process of concluding contracts for various other rooftop developments. The company is totally committed to renewable energy in South Africa. It is proud to have diversified and expanded, and to be able to contribute significantly to the wide variety of renewable energy initiatives helping to ensure a bright new sustainable energy future.

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