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The Enel Green Power, 140 MW Oyster Bay wind farm, situated in the Kouga municipality in the Eastern Cape, South Africa, has successfully reached commercial operation.
“The Oyster Bay wind farm was one of five wind projects awarded to Enel Green Power in April 2015. The solution is supported by a 20-year Power Purchase Agreement (PPA) with South African energy utility provider, Eskom, as part of the South African government’s Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer Procurement Programme (REIPPPP) tender,” William Price, Country Manager at Enel Green Power RSA said.
Every year the Oyster Bay wind farm will generate over 568 GWh and prevent 590,000 tons of CO² from being emitted into the atmosphere.
The company’s commitment to sustainability is further demonstrated by its ability to boost local socio-economic development through job creation and education initiatives, chiefly:
- Supplying schools with clean energy through mini-PV systems
- Enhancing education in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) subjects by awarding scholarships to local students and employing three full-time teachers
- Supporting school feeding programmes in the Kouga municipality
With the new wind plant in operation, EGP RSA now operates over 800 MW of installed capacity between wind and solar farms in South Africa.