Amakhala Emoyeni Wind Farm
The greater project concept has been awarded Environmental Authorisation following an Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA). Approval has been granted by the South African Civil Aviation Authority and Heritage Approval (from the South African Heritage Resources Agency) has been granted for the project.
In December 2011, Windlab partnered with Cennergi, a joint venture between Exxaro and India's Tata Power Company, to complete development of Phase 1 of the project and to prepare a successful bid in South Africa's Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer's Procurement Programme (REIPPPP). Phase 1 was bid in the second window of the REIPPPP in March 2012. On May 21 2012, Amakhala Emoyeni Phase 1 was announced as a preferred bidder in the REIPPPP.
The 134.4MW Amakhala Emoyeni Phase I project signed a 20 year Power Purchase Agreement with South Africa's national utility Eskom and an implementation agreement with the Department of Energy in May 2013. Financial Close for Amakhala Emoyeni Phase I was achieved in May 2013 and commercial operations in July 2016.
|Location||Near Bedford in the Eastern Cape Province, South Africa|
|Land type||The area is predominantly used for grazing|
|Total generation capacity||Up to 750MW in phases, the first phase being 134.4MW|
|Turbines||Phase I: 56 x Nordex N117 2.4MW|