Roggeveld Wind Farm Project gets the go ahead
16th April 2015: Co-founder of G7 Renewable Energies Dr Killian Hagemann, who compiled the first comprehensive wind atlas of South Africa in 2008, welcomed South African Energy Minister Tina Joemat-Pettersson’s announcement today of the fourth bid window winners of the government’s Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer Procurement Programme (REIPPPP).
Developed by G7 and then taken over by Building Energy, the 138MW Roggeveld Wind Farm in the Karoo was awarded Preferred Bidder status, one of only five wind projects across the country.
Building Energy with role of main sponsor of the project, successfully bid the project in round 4 of the REIPPPP with the support of G7.
“This is an important milestone for G7” Dr Hagemann said. “It reaffirms our expertise and ability to develop competitive and efficient wind farm projects in South Africa.”
G7 Director Nicolas Rolland said the Roggeveld site in the Karoo was selected after an extensive and rigorous investigation. “The ideal site comprises several factors such as wind resources, topography, grid proximity and capacity, accessibility, as well as reduced environmental and permitting constraints,” he said. “In what has now become a very competitive industry, the financial viability of a wind farm depends on the quality of the wind resource available at the identified site. The accuracy of our wind measurements and the predictability of the future yield are key to establishing the long-term success of the project.”
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About G7 Renewable Energies
G7 is a leading South African project developer based in Cape Town specialising in highly efficient wind farms, with a portfolio of over 600 MW across the country.