The 110 megawatt wind farm is located approximately 30km north of Touwsrivier in the Cape Winelands District of the Western Cape. Perdekraal East gained preferred bidder status in 2015 in the latest South Africa Government Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer Procurement Programme.
The wind farm has completed all its development activities and has all 42 permits including the Environmental Authorisation and the Civil Aviation Authority Approval are in place. It is now awaiting the signature of its power purchase agreement with the Department of Energy to start construction. The project is expected to take 26 months to reach commercial operations.
This project will use 48 Siemens SWT-2.3-108 wind turbines each capable of producing 2.3 megawatts. Each turbine will have a 108-meter rotor diameter and a 115 MM hub height.
The wind farm will provide approximately 360 GWh each year of clean, economic and renewable energy to the national grid.
To build the wind farm, the same multi-contract approach and the same contractors as for the wind farms Lekela has already constructed in South Africa will be utilised. By the end of construction, Lekela’s team, its service providers and contractors will have successfully employed this methodology on 6 wind farms in South Africa.
As with all Lekela projects, the Kangnas site will provide opportunities for local workers employing approximately 400 people at the peak of construction. Lekela is also focused on promoting South African enterprise development and many of the components used at the Perdekraal East wind farm, including the steel towers, will be manufactured in South Africa.
The local community will benefit from a 15% shareholding in the wind farm through a community trust that will be established at financial close. Additionally, the wind farm works actively with the local community to design and invest in meaningful socio-economic and economic development projects in the local area. It is anticipated that over the life of the wind farm over ZAR 379m will be invested locally in such projects.