Mainstream gets green light for South African wind projects

A consortium led by Mainstream Renewable Power was today awarded Preferred Bidder status by the Department of Energy in South Africa for three large-scale wind energy projects in the Northern Cape with a total generation capacity of 360 MW.

The award was made under the third round of the South African Government’s Renewable Energy Procurement Programme. The Mainstream consortium was also awarded 238 MW of wind and solar projects in the first round of the programme in 2011 and the three projects are on track to be fully operational in mid-2014.
Eddie O'Connor
The wind farms awarded under this round are: The 140 MW Khobab Wind Farm located in the District Municipality of Namakwa, the 140 MW Loeriesfontein 2 Wind Farm located in the District Municipality of Namakwa and the 80 MW Noupoort Wind Farm located in the Local Municipality of Umsobomvu, all three in the Northern Cape region.

Commenting on the announcement, Eddie O’Connor, Chief Executive of Mainstream Renewable Power said: “Mainstream is now the leading developer of renewable energy in South Africa; we have three wind and solar projects due to be operational in the coming months and now a further three large-scale wind farms due to start construction next year.”

Earlier this month, Dublin, Ireland-headquartered Mainstream closed a €100 million equity investment with Japanese Trading House Marubeni Corporation, and signed a deal with Actis in Chile to build 600 MW of wind and solar projects by 2016.

The South African Department of Energy said overall seven preferred bidders were named for 787 MW of onshore wind and six for 450 MW of solar.

Biomass saw one preferred bidder named for 16.5 MW and Landfill gas a single bidder for 18 MW. Concentrated solar, meanwhile, had two preferred bidders for a total 200 MW.

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