Mainstream Renewable Power completes financial close for two wind farms in South Africa

Global wind and solar company Mainstream Renewable Power

announced the successful completion of financial close for two wind farms in South Africa that have a combined capacity of 250 MW.

A consortium led by Mainstream was awarded the contracts for the wind farms by the Department of Energy in South Africa under the fourth round of the Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer Procurement Programme.

The wind farms, which are located in South Africa’s Northern and Western Capes, represent an investment of approximately 6.6 billion Rand and are expected to commence construction June 2018.

Mainstream has been awarded a total of 848 MW of wind and solar projects under the REIPPPP program since the first round in 2011, making it the country’s most successful independent renewable-energy developer. The company has already delivered five wind and solar PV plants into commercial operation under the program, with a combined generation capacity of almost 600 MW, and has bid a number of additional wind and solar PV projects under the Expedited Round (4x), the results of which are expected to be announced shortly.

“Our team here in South Africa is really excited to reach financial close and start constructing these two projects, which will bring a 1.1 billion Rand community investment over 20 years once they start operating in 2020,” Hein Reyneke, Mainstream’s general manager for Africa, said. “Importantly, we are looking forward to the results of the expedited fourth round of the REIPPPP being announced soon, as well as further rounds, which are vital to securing a sustainable long-term, least-cost energy plan for the country.

“Mainstream has been investing and building a local team in South Africa for almost a decade, and with a portfolio of more than 3,000 MW of wind and solar projects under development here, we are delighted to be making a significant contribution to building South Africa’s low-cost and low-carbon power system whilst boosting rural communities,” he added.

The wind farms that have reached financial close are the 140 MW Kangnas Wind Farm, located near Springbok in the Northern Cape, and the 110 MW Perdekraal East Wind Farm, located 80km northeast of Ceres, in the Western Cape.