BioTherm Energy’s 120GW Golden Valley Wind Energy Facility has recently connected to South Africa’s national grid, representing the latest project to come online as part of the Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer Procurement (REIPPP) program.
The facility consists of 48 Goldwind turbines generating 2.5MW. Connected to the grid through an on-site substation and a dedicated 132kV power line connecting to the Kopleegte substation, the plant is expected to produce more than 447GW hours of electricity per year. Moreover, the facility has achieved one million hours without a lost time incident and was constructed by a team comprising 98% South African employees.
“We are pleased to announce the successful commissioning of all 48 wind turbine generators as the year drew to an end and we prepare to have our portfolio in operations in the next quarter,” stated Robert Skjodt, CEO of BioTherm Energy.
The launch of the facility – which was developed under the fourth tender window of the REIPPP – comes ahead of expected commercial operations scheduled for 2021.