- Italian energy giant Enel has announced that its 145MW Garob wind farm in the Northern Cape province of South Africa has started commercial operation.
- Local subsidiary Enel Green Power RSA has a 20-year power purchase agreement (PPA) with South African utility, Eskom.
Enel estimates that the new wind facility would generate 573 GWh per year, enough to avoid up to 600,000 tonnes of carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions per year.
The project was secured in Bid Window 4 in 2015 as part of South Africa’s Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer Procurement Programme (REIPPPP).
With the addition of Garob, Enel Green Power RSA, now has a total of 10 wind and solar farms operational, with a combined installed capacity of more than 800 MW. The company said it plans to further expand its portfolio in South Africa through participation in future REIPPPP rounds and PPA’s with industrial and commercial clients.
Author: Bryan Groenendaal