Acciona Energy and Aveng –the biggest infrastructure group in Africa- will build, own and operate two renewable energy facilities in South Africa totaling 209 MW, following an international tender for renewable energy projects.
The Department of Energy of South Africa selected two projects presented by Acciona and Aveng in the second round of the Independent Power Producers Renewable Bid (IPP REBID). The installations are a 135.2 MW wind park (138 MW nominal capacity) and a 74 MW photovoltaic solar plant (94 MWp), which will be built between 2013 and 2014.
The two facilities will be Acciona’s first investments in South Africa, a country that has pledged to diversify its energy mix with renewable sources while seeking to fulfill the country’s growing demand for power.
South Africa plans to award 3,725 MW in clean energy projects by the end of 2013, as part of a longer-term strategy to incorporate 17,000 MW of new renewable energy capacity by 2030.
The Gouda wind park will be built in the municipality of Drakenstein, Western Cape Province (in the west of the country). It will be equipped with forty-six 3 MW Acciona Windpower turbines, totaling 138 MW of installed capacity. Construction work will start in 2013 for completion in 2014.
The photovoltaic plant, called Sishen, will be located in the municipality of Dibeng, in Northern Cape Province (in the south-west of the country). Building work will start in 2013 and will be completed in mid-2014.