The wind farms will feature 70 turbines with a hub height of 82 meters. South Africa is due to boost its renewable energy regiment thanks to two new wind farms set for construction in the Western Cape.
Enel Green Power, a global renewable energy company, has awarded Vestas an order of the biggest wind turbines to ever be implemented on African soil. This ground-breaking development is seen as a positive move towards replacing South Africa’s dubious reliance on ‘dirty energy’ with the renewables.
According to ESI Africa, the 147MW projects, which will debut the V136-4.2MW in South Africa, will also feature Vestas largest rotor diameters on the continent. The Danish company has earmarked two sites in the Western Cape for the development of the new wind farms.
South Africa gets a renewable energy injection
The Karusa and Soetwater projects, located in the Karoo, will add 294 MW to the electrical grid and are expected to undergo practical construction in the second half of 2020.
The wind farms will feature 70 turbines with a hub height of 82 meters. According to Nils de Baar, the President of Vestas Northern & Central Europe, the locations chosen in the Western Cape are optimal for the production of clean wind energy.
The organisation’s president added that the new projects would employ South Africans and source from local companies as much as it possibly could, stating:
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“We are very dedicated to making a difference in South Africa and contribute to enhancing socio-economic growth and sustainable educational development.
We are doing so by procuring locally produced towers, contracting local transport companies and supporting community school programmes through our own initiative, the Vestas Empowerment Trust.”
De Baar said that both the Karusa and Soetwater projects should be operational by 2022.
Technical details of the Western Cape wind farms
According to the official proposal, the Karusa and Soetwater wind farm projects are due to be constructed south of Sutherland, straddling the Northern Cape and Western Cape provincial boundaries.
The new wind turbines provided by Enel Green Power will make use of the 4.2MW Power Optimised Mode for the sites’ average wind conditions. The V136-4.2MW is intended to boost performance and increase annual energy output.
The contract signed between Enel Green Power, Vestas and government include the supply, installation and commissioning of the wind turbines.
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