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Globeleq inaugurates Jeffreys Bay Wind Farm

New 138 MW wind power plant has the capacity to supply renewable electricity for nearly 100,000 average South African households.

The 138 MW Jeffreys Bay Wind Farm is located between the towns of Jeffreys Bay and Humansdorp in the Eastern Cape. With planned annual production of 460 GWh, the wind farm is expected to avoid production of 420,000 tonnes of CO2 per year.  

This latest project follows April’s announcement of the start of operations at Globeleq’s two solar facilities — the 50 MW De Aar plant and the 50 MW Droogfontein installation on the Northern Cape. All facilities are part of South Africa's renewable energy programme and are among the very first large-scale renewable power plants to be built in the country, according to Globeleq.1  

"The completion of these facilities is the result of a truly global partnership with the Government of South Africa and Eskom, and the private sector of developers, investors, lenders, constructors, suppliers and the local community,” said Mikael Karlsson, Globeleq's CEO. “It demonstrates significant support for independent private power producers in the region and indicates the sustainability of the renewable energy sector.” 

South Africa's renewable energy programme has prioritised job creation and skills development in order to sustain the industry over time. During the wind farm's construction, more than 700 people worked on the site — of which 45 percent were drawn from the local community. A percentage of the project's operational revenues will be reinvested into the local community through socio-economic and enterprise development programmes, creating the skills needed to support the growth of the renewable energy industry in South Africa. 

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  1. Globeleq is the majority shareholder in a consortium group, consisting of Mainstream, Old Mutual, Thebe, Enzani, Usizo and the Amadla Omoya Trust. Globeleq, through its wholly owned South African subsidiary, manages the operation and commercial aspects of the Jeffreys Bay, De Aar and Droogfontein facilities.

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