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FOCUS Farm both have 61 wind turbines. The wind farms were developed by Lekela Power, a joint venture between Actis and Mainstream Renewable Power. There are several other partners and the respective communities are represented by a trust. Noblesfontein was one of the earliest wind farms to be constructed in the Northern Cape, about 40km from Victoria West. Spanish company Gestamp Wind was an early investor. The Loeriesfontein project is valued at R3.5-billion. Mainstream and various partners have won approved bidder status for wind and solar projects in each of the bidding windows. In the early bidding rounds, Mainstream’s three Northern Cape wind projects amounted to 360MW, including the 80MW Noupoort wind farm. Another 140MW project at Kangnas (Springbok) has subsequently been given the green light. The 147MW Roggeveld wind farm, which has 47 Nordex wind turbines and was developed by G7 and then taken over by Building Energy, was one of projects which was signed off in April. The Power Purchase Agreement (PPA) signing followed shortly after financial closure was reached. The project is expected to operate commercially in the first quarter of 2021. Altogether, Northern Cape has had 12 wind farms and one small (10MW) hydro-electric project on the Orange River approved in the REIPPPP process.

Community and government Investment by black people into the RE programme is not limited to community trusts. Pele Green Energy has been engaged for some time with a photovoltaic plant at Touwsrivier in the Western Cape as a shareholder and as a provider of construction management services. Once the facility starts generating power, Pele will operate and maintain the plant. In the Northern Cape, Pele Green Energy is involved with three wind farms and a CSP plant. The 102MW Copperton wind farm is located south-west of Prieska. The two other wind projects in which Pele is invested, Garob and Kangnas, will both generate 140MW. Most of the projects approved in the Northern Cape are on a large scale. The provincial government is giving attention to smaller ventures, in the 1.5MW range, with the aim of bringing local investors and communities on board. To support this goal, a Renewable Energy Conference was held in 2016. A concrete example of this on a small scale is the solar energy plant established at the rooibos tea factory in Nieuwoudtville by the Department of Agriculture, Land Reform and Rural Development. Any

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excess power generated is sent on to the Hantam municipality. The Provincial Government of the Northern Cape is using clean energy production, supported by the procurement strategy of the REIPPPP, to boost economic growth and development. Green energy forms part of one of national government’s Strategic Infrastructure Projects (SIP 8), and the Northern Cape is actively participating in that. This includes the inclusion of green energy principles in the design of all major new buildings and the construction of major buildings. The provincial government is also participating in the Shared Water Efficiency Programme set up by National Public Works which will encompass 30 properties. T he Nor thern Cap e Provincial Government has applied to partner with the Central Energy Fund to roll out solar energy solutions at public schools across the province. Schools with poor electricity infrastructure will be prioritised. It is hoped that this will become a national pilot project. Another project, with the National Department of Energy, involves the second phase of the rollout of solar water heaters in the Sol Plaatje Municipality. Training of young people to maintain and repair the geysers will take place.

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