Eager young pupils started their new term with an A+ for smartness, with the help of our neighbouring wind farm project in South Africa’s Western Cape.
They were among 80 children from in and around Ceres, the main town in the Witzenberg Local Municipality, who received brand new uniforms and stationery through a Back-to-School programme supported by the Perdekraal East Wind Farm team.
Once kitted out with shirts, shorts, skirts and pencil cases, the boys and girls who had gathered from seven local schools for the presentation at Ceres Primary School, were treated to an inspiring message from Councillor Trevor Abrahams.
Local entrepreneur Gawie Jakops also on hand to showcase some of the furniture he that crafts out of wood sourced from the wind farm’s construction site.
- The 110 MW Perdekraal East Wind Farm is on target to enter commercial operation for our Africa JV, Lekela Power, by the end of July 2020, when it will begin generating enough clean electricity to power the equivalent of 95,000 South African homes. It will also eliminate approximately 410,000 tonnes of carbon emissions each year compared to traditional fossil fuel power plants.
Perdekraal East Wind Farm
Perdekraal East became the first wind farm in Bid Window 4,of the f Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer Procurement Programme (REIPPPP) to reach commercial operation. The wind farm was built within 27 months even with the disruption of the Covid-19 lockdown.
A notable achievement was the development of a domestic supply chain with more than 48% of the wind farm’s content being manufactured in South Africa, including its 48 turbine towers, a 500 MVA mega transformer and other components previously only available as imports.
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