Enel, through its renewable subsidiary Enel Green Power RSA , has started construction of the Karusa and Soetwater wind farms.
Both are said to, once completed, will have an installed capacity of 140MW each.
According to a company, the plants, which are both located in South Africa’s Karoo Hoogland District, Northern Cape province, are expected to be completed by the end of 2021.
Karusa and Soetwater will involve an investment of over 200 million euros each.
Enel Green Power CEO Antonio Cammisecra says the company is building five wind projects in South Africa, for a total installed capacity of around 700 MW.
He pointed out that the pipeline of projects under construction is in addition to the portfolio of wind and solar assets that Enel Green Power has already commissioned owing to the commitment with which it had worked in South Africa since the start of development activities in 2011.
“We are showing the same determination when it comes to innovation and sustainability, as all of our plants are being built through state-of-the-art technology and sustainable construction practices, while creating local employment and income opportunities,” Cammisecra comments.
Karusa and Soetwater are the fourth and fifth wind projects Enel Green Power has started building in South Africa since the start of this year.
The other projects, with an installed capacity of 140 MW each, are Nxuba and Oyster Bay, in the Northern Cape, and Garob, in the Eastern Cape.
All five projects were awarded to Enel in Round 4 of the South African government’s Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer Procurement Programme.
The wind farms will be supported by 20-year power supply agreements with South African State-owned energy utility Eskom.