Jeffreys Bay wind opened in SA

South Africa's 138MW Jeffreys Bay Wind Farm has been officially inaugurated, completing a six year journey for one of the country’s pioneering renewable energy projects.

Located in the country's Eastern Cape, the wind farm, South Africa's largest to date, was one of the first to be developed under the government's renewables programme.

"In a country struggling to meet its escalating demands for electricity we will be contributing around 460GWh per year of electrical energy to the national grid," said Mark Pickering, general manager of Jeffreys Bay Wind Farm.

A consortium comprising Mainstream Renewable Power, Globeleq, Old Mutual, Thebe Investment Corporation, Enzani Technologies and Usizo Engineering, as well as a local community trust, developed the project.

Commercial operations of the 60 2.3MW Siemens turbines wind farm began back in May.