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Two more wind farms are due to be built in South Africa this year, with construction commencing this month. Mainstream Renewable Power has announced the successful completion of financial close for the wind farms, to be built in the Northern and Western Cape, which will have a combined capacity of 250 MW.

Mainstream Renewable Power to build two new wind farms in SAA consortium led by Mainstream was awarded the contracts for the wind farms by the Department of Energy under the fourth round of the Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer Procurement Programme (REIPPPP). The wind farms represent an investment of approximately R6.6-billion.

“Our team here in South Africa is really excited to reach financial close and start constructing these two projects, which will bring a R1.1-billion community investment over 20 years once they start operating in 2020,” says Hein Reyneke, Mainstream’s general manager for Africa.

“Mainstream has been investing and building a local team in South Africa for almost a decade, and with a portfolio of more than 3 000 MW of wind and solar projects under development here, we are delighted to be making a significant contribution to building South Africa’s low-cost and low-carbon power system while boosting rural communities.”

Mainstream has been awarded a total of 848 MW of wind and solar projects under the REIPPPP programme since the first round in 2011. The company has already delivered five wind and solar PV plants into commercial operation under the programme, with a combined generation capacity of almost 600 MW, and has bid a number of additional wind and solar PV projects under the Expedited Round (4x), the results of which are expected to be announced shortly.

the 140 MW Kangnas Wind Farm, located near Springbok in the Northern Cape, and the 110 MW Perdekraal East Wind Farm, located 80km northeast of Ceres, in the Western Cape will be developed with a consortium of equity partners including: African Rainbow Energy and Power; H1 Holdings; local community trusts; Lekela; Mainstream Renewable Power, along with a consortium of investors such as the International Finance Corporation and the Rockefeller Brothers Fund; as well as Old Mutual Life Assurance.

A consortium comprising Concor and Conco has been appointed as construction contractor, while Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy will supply and install the wind turbines. The debt for the projects has been arranged and led by Absa.

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