South Africa: 140MW Oyster Bay Wind Farm Commissioned

  • Enel Green Power RSA has successfully commissioned the 140 MW Oyster Bay wind farm located  in the Kouga municipality in the Eastern Cape.
  • The commercial operation of Oyster Bay follows closely on the heels of the Nxuba wind farm, which reached commercial operation ahead of schedule in December last year, despite challenges presented by the global pandemic. Read more 

William Price, Country Manager at Enel Green Power RSA says the project, which amounts to a 180 million euros investment in South Africa, clearly demonstrates the crucial role the company plays in helping the country solve its energy crises using renewable energy solutions.

The Oyster Bay wind farm was one of five wind projects awarded to Enel Green Power in April 2015. The solution is supported by a 20-year Power Purchase Agreement (PPA) with South African energy utility provider, Eskom, as part of the South African government’s Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer Procurement Programme (REIPPPP) tender,” he explains.

The company’s commitment to sustainability is further demonstrated by its ability to boost local socio-economic development through job creation and education initiatives, chiefly:

  • Supplying schools with clean energy through mini-PV systems
  • Enhancing education in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) subjects by awarding scholarships to local students and employing three full-time teachers
  • Supporting school feeding programmes in the Kouga municipality

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