by Simon Capstick-Dale

New Eskom wind farm

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Licence granted for new Eskom wind farm
wind farm

The National Energy Regulator of South Africa (Nersa) has granted Eskom a licence for its Sere wind farm in the Western Cape.

The licence would allow the power authority to go ahead with construction of the R2.4-billion project that was expected to deliver its first power to the national grid in the first half of 2014, with full commercial operation scheduled for the end of 2014.

The project was funded by a group of development finance institutions including the World Bank, the African Development Bank, Clean Technology Fund, and l'Agence Francaise de Developpement.

The wind farm located near Koekenaap would generate up to 100 megawatts of power for the national grid, and would avoid nearly 4.7 million tonnes of carbon emissions over 20 years.

The wind farm would be made up of 46 Siemens 2.3-108 wind turbine generators and would include construction of a new substation and of a 132-kilovolt distribution line.

It had an expected operating life of 20 years, with average annual energy production of about 233 000MWh, which was enough to power about 97 000 standard homes.

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