Amakhala Emoyeni Wind Farm
The Amakhala Emoyeni Wind Farm project is a 134MW installed capacity wind farm located near the town of Bedford in the Eastern Cape. It has an excellent wind resource and close proximity to the national electricity transmission infrastructure.
Fifty-six (56) turbines, each with a 91m hub height and 2.4MW capacity were supplied and installed on site by Nordex and situated on property owned by four commercial farmers.
- Location: Bedford, Eastern Cape Province, South Africa
- Technology: 56 x Nordex N117 2.4MW Wind Turbines
PPA: 20 year government backed Power Purchase Agreements with Eskom
- Shareholding: Cennergi owns 95% of the project, whilst the Cookhouse Community Trust and the Bedford Community Trust each own 2,5%
RE IPP Status: Round 2 Preferred Bidder
Technology Type: Onshore Wind
Exxaro purchased the rights to the project from Windlab in 2011, before the launch of Cennergi after which it achieved financial close of the project at the end of May 2013 with construction commencing on the 4th of June 2014. The project reached its commercial operation date (COD) on 28 July 2016.
- The wind farm generates ±416 GWh per year of clean renewable electrical energy to meet the power needs of ±125,300 average South African households.
- The project is committed to environmental stewardship to reduce annual carbon emissions by ±411,840 tonnes, while addressing the country’s short-term electricity needs.
The project received full Environmental Authorisation from the Department of Environmental Affairs in 2012 and associated Operational environmental Management Programme as to ensure environmental protection and management on site. Copies of the FEIR and OEMP are obtainable here: