EDF Renewables accelerates its expansion into South Africa with 800MW of renewable energy projects awarded in 2021

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EDF Renewables (South Africa), a subsidiary of international company EDF Renewables which has a gross installed capacity of 13.8 GW worldwide, is significantly increasing its footprint in the country after being awarded three wind energy projects in the Bid Window 5 of the South African Renewable Independent Power Producer Programme (REIPPP).

In 2021, EDF Renewables won almost 800 MW of projects in SA. This is in line with the EDF Group’s CAP 2030 strategy, which aims to double its net renewable energy generation capacity from 28 to 60 GW between 2015 and 2030.

In October 2021, the consortium consisting of EDF Renewables in South Africa with its local partners, H1 holdings and Gibb-Crede, was awarded Preferred Bidder for three wind energy facilities projects in the Bid Window 5 of the REIPPP. The Coleskop, San Kraal and Phezukomoya projects, with an installed capacities of 140 MW each, are located in the Umsobomvu Local Municipality, on the boundaries of the Eastern Cape and Northern Cape provinces.  For these three wind farms, the low-carbon electricity produced each year will help to meet the electricity needs of 420,000 local people.

As per the Programme requirements, financial close of these three wind projects is scheduled for 2022, with the commissioning being planned for two years thereafter.

Earlier in the year, EDF Renewables (South Africa) won two other projects:

  • In September 2021, the subsidiary and its partner Pele Green Energy were selected for a first of its kind large corporate solar photovoltaics project, in a tender from mining company Anglo-American Platinum. Through this corporate purchase power agreement, the consortium plans to build and operate a 100 MW power plant at the Mogalakwena platinum mine, in the Limpopo province. The low-carbon electricity produced each year to power the mine will replace the high-carbon grid electricity currently used.
  • In March 2021, the consortium composed with its partner Perpetua Holding, won the Umoyilanga project in the Risk Mitigation IPP Procurement Programme (RMI4P), developed by the Government. This innovative project will work as a virtual power plant, combining solar, wind and battery storage technologies to offer 75 MW of dispatchable power to the National Grid  It comprises a 77 MW wind farm on the coast in the south of the country, and a 138 MW solar power plant in the Northern Cape region, which benefits from the country best solar irradiation. Both power plants will be equipped with a battery storage system totaling 75 MW of power. The low-carbon electricity produced each year will help meet the electricity needs of 124,000 local people. 

EDF Renewables (South Africa) currently operates four wind farms across the country (144 MW installed capacity). It includes the Wesley wind farm (33 MW) in the former Ciskei area of the Eastern Cape, commissioned in August 2021.

Tristan de Drouas, Director of EDF Renewables in South Africa, said: “We are pleased to have very significantly expanded our project portfolio in the last 12 months. This success is the result of the intense efforts of the local EDF Renewables team, which has been operating in the country for 13 years. These projects demonstrate our ability to create innovative solutions adapted to specific local expectations of both government and industrial player. They can be launched within a short timeframe and meet South Africa’s objectives of developing low-carbon energy. They will also contribute to strengthening the reliability of the electricity grid.”

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