This will help alleviate demand on the strained Eskom energy grid. The 138 MW Gouda wind facility, situated onshore in the Drakenstein Municipality, Western Cape, became fully operational last week and is equipped with forty-six 3 MW wind power turbines and will generate approximately 400 Gigawatt hours (GWh) of electricity. It is capable of powering about 200 000 homes a year.
Located in the sun-drenched Northern Cape, the Sishen plant was completed in December 2014. The 250 hectare facility consists of approximately 320 000 solar photovoltaic panels with single axis tracking for greater efficiency. The plant will produce 216 GWh of electricity equivalent to the consumption of about 100 000 South African households a year and has a peak capacity of 94.3 MW and 74 MW nominal.
The successful delivery of Gouda wind and Sishen solar energy projects reinforce the Aveng group’s ability to be involved across the energy and infrastructure value chain, including development, investment, financing, construction and operations.