Multinational energy company Enel, through its subsidiary Enel Green Power Republic of South Africa (EGP RSA) has started commercial operations at its 111 MW Gibson Bay wind farm in Kouga Municipality, Eastern C ape Province, South Africa.
The wind farm is capable of generating 420 GWh every year which is equivalent to the annual consumption needs of 131 thousand South African householders while avoiding the emission of more than 383 tonnes of CO2 into the atmosphere each year.
“Taking the lead in the renewable energy gives South Africa the opportunity to become a key global player in this growing industry while investment in renewable provides good job opportunities and has brought new skills in new skills into the country,” said William Price, South Africa, Country Manager, Enel.
The Gibson Bay project is supported by a 20-year power supply agreement with the South African utility Eskom as part of the Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer Procurement Programme (REIPPPP).
It is Enel’s second wind farm in South Africa, the first being the 88MW Nojoli wind farm in the Eastern Cape province, further demonstrating the company’s commitment to a low-carbon energy future.
In total it has more than 520MW of wind and solar plants in operation in the country including the 82.5 MW PV plants Paleisheuwel in the Western Cape province; Tom Burke, 66 MW, in Limpopo province; the 10 MW Upington and 82.5 MW Adams both located in the Northern Cape province; and Pulida, 82.5 MW in the Free State province.
Enel was awarded the project tender by the South African government.