The Jeffreys Bay Wind Farm has announced that 10 of the wind turbines have now commenced supplying power to Eskom.
“Our project substation has been energised, which means that we are now connected to the Eskom grid,’ said Mark Pickering, General Manager of Jeffreys Bay Wind Farm.
He continued saying, “This marks the first step towards supplying enough clean, renewable electricity to power more than 114 000 South African homes and avoid over 420 000 tonnes of carbon emissions each year.”
Over 65% of the project’s total 60 wind turbines have already been erected.
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 (REIPP).
Jeffreys Bay 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.