5MW run of the river hydro project reaches financial close in South Africa

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  • Serengeti Energy signs Power Purchase Agreement (PPA) with Growthpoint Properties for first wind-hydro-solar wheeling renewable energy collaboration as the exclusive hydroelectric power partner.
  • Construction of the project will create 100 jobs with the bulk of these jobs being local.

Serengeti’s Boston Hydro 5MW run-off-river power plant is located on the Ash River within the Lesotho Highlands Water Scheme (LHWS). The project started with construction in late October 2023 and is scheduled to start its commercial operations in July 2025. The 30GWh per annum of electricity that will be generated by the plant will be wheeled via the Eskom grid and traded by Etana to various Growthpoint Properties commercial buildings across South Africa.

Boston hydro is Serengeti Energy’s fourth hydroelectric plant on the Ash River water transfer scheme; 3 MW Sol Plaatje was commissioned in 2009, 4MW Merino in 2010 and 4MW Stortemelk was the third, commissioned in 2016. All four of these hydroelectric power plants generate baseload, i.e., non-intermittent power that is injected into the national grid. Boston Hydro’s strategic location will enable Serengeti Energy to capitalize on the LHWS Phase 2 expansion, which increases the plant’s contribution to base load generation into the national grid.

Author: Bryan Groenendaal

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