One of the province’s major renewable energy projects, the Kouga Wind Farm, is close to being launched and more is to come in other rural areas of the province.
This follows the Kouga municipality’s infrastructure planning and development committee’s approval of the R2bn wind farm consisting of 32 wind turbines planned for erection on land close to Oyster Bay.
The project would see 80MW of power that would benefit local Kouga communities in place like Humansdorp, Jeffery’s Bay and St Francis Bay and would be implemented as a broad-based economic empowerment scheme.
Mark Tanton of Red Cape Investments, the company that is to implement the project, said he was pleased with Thursday’s municipal committee’s decision, although there was still another hurdle to overcome – the full council decision.
“We are obviously very happy that we can work closely with the municipality towards the construction of the wind farm,” he said.
The move follows on the heels of a major breakthrough after the Coega Development Corporation (CDC) was given the go-ahead by the Department of Environmental Affairs for the construction of a 13MW photovoltaic solar facility worth R278m in Zone 12 of the Coega IDZ. This makes it the fourth renewable energy investment within the IDZ.
A German-based company, EAB Astrum Energy, would construct the photovoltaic solar facility which will contribute to job creation, revenue generation and advance socio-economic development and transformation in the Eastern Cape.
The CDC said to date, wind projects with a combined capacity of more than 6000MW were at various stages of environmental impact assessment (EIA), placing the province at the forefront of renewable wind energy projects.
CDC spokesperson Ayanda Vilakazi said the total of 6032MW projects in the EIA process “outstrips Eskom’s Medupi coal-fired power station that is under construction and that will have an output of 4788MW.” Another project in the Nelson Mandela Bay area for the erection of 25 wind turbines is under consideration.
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