Amakhala Emoyeni Wind Farm

Project Summary

The Amakhala Emoyeni Phase I Wind Farm Project is located near Bedford in South Africa's Eastern Cape Province.

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Amakhala Emoyeni Phase I  forms part of the greater Amakhala Emoyeni project convept, a 27,000 hectare area that is lightly populated yet close to good infrastructure such as roads and the national electricity grid. 

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.

Project Details

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 
Current status Operating