The 110MW Perdekraal Wind Farm comprises forty-eight, 115m-high wind turbines, and is situated within the Witzenberg Local Municipality, in the Western Cape, less than two hours from Cape Town.
The wind farm spans an area of 3055 hectares and was chosen because of its excellent wind resource and its proximity to national roads for wind turbine transportation.
The site offers favourable construction conditions, municipality and local stakeholder support, the straightforward electrical connection into the Eskom grid, and studies showed that there would be little environmental impact.
When operating at full capacity, Perdekraal East Wind Farm generates around 368.8 GWh/year of clean renewable energy per year and is expected to supply electricity to power up to 111 118 South African homes.
Perdekraal East Wind Farm eliminates approximately 410,000 tonnes of carbon emissions each year compared to traditional fossil fuel power plants. In addition to zero carbon emissions and reduced use of fossil fuels, the country will benefit from minimal water consumption during the generation process and significant social and enterprise development programmes.
Mainstream Asset Management South Africa manages the Operations of Perdekraal Wind Farm.
The debt for the projects was arranged and led by ABSA.
Concor and Conco Consortium were appointed as construction contractors and Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy supplied and installed the wind turbines. Simmons & Simmons and White & Case acted as Lenders’ Legal Advisor. Fasken and Stoel Rives acted as Sponsor Legal Counsel.
Independent Environmental Audits as per Section54(3) of NEMA 2017, as amended, has been concluded and is available upon request.