Cennergi, a 50:50 joint venture between miner Exxaro Resources and Tata Power, achieved Commercial Operations for its 95 MW Tsitsikamma Community Wind farm (TCWF) Wind Farm Project today. Cennergi was selected as the preferred bidder for two wind projects under the second window of the South African government’s Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer Procurement Programme (REIPPP).

“The commissioning of the Tsitsikamma 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 dedication from the Cennergi team in partnership with its stakeholders. He also paid tribute to the late Mike Mcebisi Msizi and the Tsitsikamma Mfengu for bringing the opportunity to Exxaro in 2009.  “It is a privilege to have community partners that will assist Cennergi and its shareholders to write a new narrative for development in South Africa.  We will assist and support the community to use this project to further determine its ideal future.”

Garner further says: “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.”