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Renewable Power’s first wind farm to come online by July

Author: Bekezela Phakathi

MAINSTREAM Renewable Power, an international developer awarded more megawatts than any other under the government’s renewable energy procurement programme, says its South African wind farms will start producing electricity within six months.

 

The three wind farms in the Northern Cape represent a combined investment of $760m and will generate 360MW. They are under construction, with the first completed plant to start commercial operation in July.

 

Renewable energy is seen as crucial to easing pressure on the electricity grid. About 4% of SA’s 43,000MW of generating capacity comes from renewable sources. The government aims to achieve 6,000MW by 2020.

 

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