Enel has begun commercial operations of its Gibson Bay wind farm in South Africa this past week, in the Kouga Municipality of the Eastern Cape province of South Africa.
The 111MW wind farm can generate up to 420 GWh per year which is enough energy to power up to 131,000 homes, and reducing carbon emissions by over 383 thousand tonnes.
According to the press release, ‘EGP RSA has also carried out creating shared value (CSV) initiatives in the areas surrounding the Gibson Bay wind farm. The Soul Provider school feeding programme has benefitted around 2,850 school children, while free EGP wi-fi is supplied to local learning institutions and reaches approximately 1,000 beneficiaries.’
Country Manager in South Africa, William Price said: “Gibson Bay is the second wind farm we have brought to life in South Africa, our first being Nojoli, further demonstrating our commitment to a low-carbon energy future. Taking the lead in renewable energy gives South Africa the opportunity to become a key global player in this growing industry, while investment in renewables provides good job opportunities and has brought new skills into the country. We are proud to offer a strong renewable energy generation base.”
According to the South African Wind Energy Association, there are currently 19 wind farm developments with roughly 600 wind turbines for a total capacity of 1,471MW of energy. The country is the largest producer of wind energy in all of Africa.