Indian wind turbine supplier Suzlon has signed a contract with a local company, African Clean Energy Developments, to supply 76 of its 2MW turbines for a wind energy facility in the Eastern Cape, the company said yesterday.
This marks the entry into the budding local wind energy industry of a major player.
Suzlon appointed former City Power MD Silas Zimu as local CEO last year. At the time, Mr Zimu said the company had ambitions to establish manufacturing capacity in SA eventually.
Suzlon, the world’s fifth-largest wind turbine supplier, said African Clean Energy Developments had an option to acquire an additional 124 turbines for the wind facility at Cookhouse.
The company said the project had received a record of decision from the Department of Environmental Affairs for the erection of up to 200 turbines.
Suzlon said it would be responsible for the engineering, procurement and construction of the turbines.
"South Africa is a growing economy and very important for us. The country has immense wind energy and the government has demonstrated praiseworthy vision to exploit this abundant renewable resource to power … green jobs, energy generation and inclusive, sustainable growth," Suzlon chairman and MD Tulsi Tanti said yesterday.
Suzlon said the contract was conditional on the facility securing a power purchase agreement under the government’s renewable energy feed-in tariffs, and other standard conditions.
"Based on expectations for the satisfaction of the main conditions, installation is expected to commence late this year or early next year," it said.