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Having received preferred bidder status three years ago, Klawer wind farm project awaits a power purchase agreement (PPA) signature before undertaking the 18 months of construction needed to add 5 MW of electricity to the national grid.

Klawer is one of ten preferred bidders appointed in Bid Window 1 of the Small Projects Independent Power Producer Procurement Programme (SIPPPP) in 2015, comprising a combined 49 MW. About 6 km south-west of Klawer, a small town on the N7 between Vanrhynsdorp and Clanwilliam, in the Western Cape, the project will see the construction of two wind turbines, with the capacity to produce 2.5 MW each.

This site was chosen for its proximity to the grid, accessibility and wind resource availability. Construction has not yet started and, like all other projects awarded preferred bidder status in 2015 in the first round of the SIPPPP, Klawer is waiting for government to announce when its PPA and related contracts will be concluded. Construction should start within three months of the project receiving its PPA signature. Owing to the uncertainties around the PPA signature and the fact that turbine suppliers come out with newer, more efficient models every year, no turbine manufacturer has yet been finalised. The construction budget has also yet to been finalised.

During construction there will be a substantial positive socioeconomic impact on the local community through job creation, accommodation, material procurement and associated economic spin-offs.

Quick facts:

Nominal Capacity 5 MW  
Technology demo TBD
Annual Electricity Generation TBD  
Equivalent household consumption TBD  
Carbon Emission Reduction TBD  
Equivalent full load hours TBD  
Capacity Factor TBD  
Commercial Operation Date Awaiting a power purchase agreement (PPA) after which it will take 18 months to Construction  

 

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