Enel Green Power has reached its 1TWh milestone, just three years after it first started generating power in South Africa.
Saturday 16th of September 2017, around 2 pm, Enel Green Power South Africa (EGP RSA) has generated its 1TWh. “That’s enough energy to send one-million DeLoreans back to the future,” quipped William Price, EGP RSA country manager.
Since EGP RSA started operating its first solar plant in Upington in 2014, one TWh - or one-million megawatts of its power - has been consumed by South Africans from the combined production of its seven wind and solar plants currently in operation.
“This is a really great achievement, said Lorenzo Sidoti EGP RSA Head of Operations & Maintenance. This is a huge amount of energy we have fed into the grid and a milestone that highlights our operational excellence. Renewable energy is a fairly new technology to South Africa and the South African team have done really well. This is an achievement we can be proud of.”
EGP South Africa’s journey began just three years ago, when its first solar plant in Upington reached the Commercial Operation Date (COD) on 31 July 2014. In 2014, EGP South Africa produced a total of 8 GWh and in 2015, with still just the one plant, it produced 186 GWh.
Agreepa Neduvhuledza, Head of Operations and Performance Improvement at EGP RSA, said: “At just 10 MW, the Upington plant was small compared to what was soon to come. In 2016, the story of EGP in South Africa really began to change as we started adding power plant after power plant.”
In August 2016, the 66 MW Tom Burke solar plant in Limpopo reached COD. In September 2016 the 82.5 MW Paleishewel solar plant, situated on 300 hectares in the Western Cape, reached COD. Two months later in November 2016, EGP reached COD at its first South African wind farm, Nojoli. Situated in the Eastern Cape, the 88 MW Nojoli wind farm is comprised of 44 towers of 2MW each.
In 2016, with the addition of the three new power plants, EGP South Africa produced 202 GWh.
This year has seen the addition of a further three power plants. Adams, in the Northern Cape province, and Pulida in the Free State, reached COD in January 2017. Both are 82.5MW solar plants situated on roughly 300 hectares each. And in April, EGP South Africa’s biggest plant to date reached COD. The 111 MW Gibson Bay wind farm in the Eastern Cape is comprised of 37 towers with a capacity of 3 MW each.