CONSTRUCTION of a wind farm to supply power to the Nelson Mandela Bay municipality in the Eastern Cape is due to start near Port Elizabeth, MetroWind, the renewable energy developer, said on Thursday.
The government last year asked for proposals from renewable energy producers for the construction and operation of wind farms in the province. MetroWind was one of the 28 preferred bidders and was granted a licence by the National Energy Regulator of South Africa.
The company said it would start building the R550m wind farm at Van Stadens, between Port Elizabeth and Jeffreys Bay in September.
“The MetroWind Van Stadens farm is expected to start supplying the municipality and Eskom with power in October next year,” said Donald McGillivray, director at the company.
Eskom would be supplied with power for two decades, he said. “The project is a step forward in the country’s pursuit of clean, renewable energy.”
Mr McGillivray said the community was fully behind the farm.
Basil Read Energy, a division of engineering company Basil Read, is one of the investors in the project.
With Sapa and Siseko Njobeni
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