Irish firm wins 250MW wind energy projects

Mainstream Renewable Power has won two onshore wind energy projects in South Africa. The green energy firm was awarded the contracts, which have a combined capacity of 250MW, by the country’s […]

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Mainstream Renewable Power has won two onshore wind energy projects in South Africa.

The green energy firm was awarded the contracts, which have a combined capacity of 250MW, by the country’s Department of Energy.

The Irish company will build the 140MW Kangnas Wind Farm in the Northern Cape and the 110MW Perdekraal East Wind Farm in the Cape Winelands District.

They were awarded under the fourth round of the South African Government’s Renewable Energy Procurement Programme.

Mainstream has so far won a total of 848MW since 2011.

Barry Lynch, Managing Director for Onshore Procurement, Construction and Operations at Mainstream said: “Renewable energy ticks three important boxes for South Africa’s energy needs.

“Firstly, the cost of these projects is now cheaper than new coal-fired generation. Secondly, they can be brought into commercial operation at the speed required and thirdly, they meet the scale needed to address the country’s growing electricity demand.”