Local independent power producer Cennergi on Thursday celebrated achieving commercial operations at its 134 MW Amakhala Emoyeni wind farm, near Bedford, in the Eastern Cape.

Cennergi, a 50:50 joint venture between miner Exxaro Resources and Tata Power, was selected as the preferred bidder for two wind projects under the second window of government’s Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer Procurement Programme.

“The commissioning of the Amakhala Emoyeni wind farm fulfils Exxaro’s vision of extending its position in the energy value chain beyond coal. In addition, it is a tangible commitment to our environmental stewardship to reduce the impacts of carbon emissions in the medium-to-long term, while addressing the country’s short-term electricity needs,” says Exxaro CEO Mxolisi Mgojo.

Cennergi CEO Thomas Garner adds that the commissioning was a culmination of many years of hard and dedicated work from the Cennergi team in partnership with its stakeholders.

“It marks the company’s start in growing its vision to be a leader in cleaner energy in Africa, thereby creating value for its stakeholders.”