Garden Route to get R1.2-billion solar farm to fight load-shedding

Garden Route to get R1.2-billion solar farm to fight load-shedding

Garden Route to get R1.2-billion solar farm to fight load-shedding

A R1.2-billion solar farm project has been approved by the National Treasury, Kannaland municipal manager Reynold Stevens has confirmed.

Stevens announced the project during an oversight visit to the Garden Route district municipality on Wednesday, adding that it would be a public-private partnership between Kannaland Municipality and InovaSure to provide an alternative source of green energy to the municipality.

”This is a fantastic initiative as this investment will create job opportunities and the company will further invest R42 million per annum in the Kannaland Municipality for critical infrastructure projects and further assist the Municipality with smart technology,” said DA MPP Deidre Baartman.

“Government cannot tackle the country’s energy crisis on its own,” Baartman said.

“It is vital that we break down the national government’s monopoly on energy generation and provision, and bring in the private sector to diversify this industry as a matter of urgency.”

“The Kannaland solar farm is a prime example of this.”

Combatting load-shedding

During off-peak periods, the solar farm will also be able to draw energy from Eskom and store it for release later.

This power can be used to supplement shortages during peak hours and sent to nearby municipalities such as Mossel Bay.

“I will be monitoring this development closely to ensure that the Western Cape attains energy independence from Eskom to grow our provincial economy and create much needed jobs,” Baartman said.

The DA said it remains committed to cutting red tape and using innovation to grow its provincial economy and create jobs.

A map of the Kannaland municipality is shown below.

Google bails on plans to buy stake in Africa’s biggest wind farm

Google bails on plans to buy stake in Africa’s biggest wind farm

Vestas Wind Systems A/S is shopping for a new buyer for its 12.5% stake in Africa’s largest wind farm after Google dropped plans to purchase it following project delays.

The Danish turbine manufacturer blamed the Alphabet Inc. unit’s decision to pull out on “delays relating primarily to the transmission line” for the $679 million Lake Turkana Wind Power project in Kenya.

The 310 megawatt farm’s high-voltage link to the grid, scheduled for completion in October 2016, was delayed by two years after contractors were changed.

“As Vestas’ strategy doesn’t include being a long-term wind park owner, we’re currently in commercial dialogue with potential buyers of our shares,” spokesman Anders Riis said in an emailed response to questions.

LTWP would have been Google’s second renewable energy investment on the continent after the Jasper solar project in South Africa’s Northern Cape in 2013. Alphabet did not immediately respond to an email seeking comment.

The Kenyan wind power park cost 620 million euros ($679 million). The Kenyan government was forced to pay 85.6 million euros in compensation to LTWP for the delays.