South African renewable energy company Metrowind will start building a 27-megawatt wind farm outside Port Elizabeth in the Eastern Cape in September, the company announced last week.
Metrowind said it had received final approvals from the regulatory authorities and the Nelson Mandela Bay municipality to build and operate a R550-million wind farm in Van Stadens, between Port Elizabeth and Jeffreys Bay.
“The farm, to be known as MetroWind Van Stadens Farm, is expected to start supplying the municipality and Eskom with power in October next year,” company director Donald McGillivray told Business Report.
It will be the first full functioning, commercial wind farm in the province.
According to radio station Algoa FM, the company will erect nine 3-megawatt turbines on the farm, which will provide 80-million kilowatt hours a year to the local electricity grid, accounting for nearly half of Nelson Mandela Bay’s 10 percent renewable energy target.
“It’s about clean, renewable energy that’s being generated,” Metrowind director Ian Curry told Algoa FM. “The country’s in dire straits when it comes to generation capacity. We’re adding another 27 MW onto the grid – 80 000 megawat hours of electricity that will provide electricity close to source to around 5 000 to 6 000 homes.