Globeleq Inaugurates South African wind farm
Globeleq, the leading private power generation company in Africa has celebrated completion of another of its renewable energy projects in South Africa, the 138 MW Jeffreys Bay Wind Farm located between the towns of Jeffreys Bay and Humansdorp in the Eastern Cape. Globeleq is wholly owned by Actis, the pan emerging markets investor.
With planned annual production of 460 GWh, it is expected Jeffreys Bay will avoid production of 420,000 tonnes of CO2 per year and provide a source of renewable electricity for nearly 100,000 average South African households.
South Africa’s renewable energy programme has prioritized job creation and skills development in order to sustain the industry over time. During the wind farm’s construction, more than 700 people worked on the site, of which 45 percent were drawn from the local community. A percentage of the project’s operational revenues will be reinvested into the local community through socio-economic and enterprise development programmes creating the skills needed to support the growth of the renewable energy industry in South Africa.