Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Sere Wind farm near Vredendal fully operates, says Eskom

Mbasa Gqokoma
22 April 2015

Eskom says the Sere Wind farm near Vredendal in the Western Cape has achieved its full commercial operational capacity of one-hundred megawatt.

According to acting CEO Brian Molefe, the wind farm is Eskom’s first large-scale renewable energy project, and forms part of the commitment to renewable energy and reducing the carbon footprint.

The power utility says the Sere Wind farm is its first utility scale renewable energy project.

Eskom Spokesperson Khulu Phasiwe says “the power station is now producing over 100 megawatt into the power grade and that, this is part of our plan as the company to reduce our dependency on coal but also to diversify our energy forces.

We want to go into renewable energy still and make sure that we reduce our dependency on coal, Phasiwe added.

Meanwhile Eskom has again started implementing stage one load shedding until ten pm tonight.

This morning, the power utility said the likelihood of load shedding continuing for the rest of the week remained high, especially during the evening peak hours.

For the past two days the utility has implemented stage one of rolling blackouts between 5pm and 10pm.

This is mainly due to extensive maintenance work that is being done on the generators.



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