Golden Valley Wind Energy Infrastructure joins the national grid of SA


This BioTherm Energy initiative helps the nation successfully transition to a greener energy economy while growing the Energy Supply Factor as part of the government’s very recent Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer Procurement (REIPPP) offer round that is set to add 1.3GW of additional wind power capacity jointly. “We are delighted to announce that all 48 wind turbine generators have been successfully commissioned as the year comes to a close and we are preparing to have a portfolio in service over the next quarter,” stated Robert Skjodt, Chief executive of BioTherm Energy, that has built a 384 MW pipeline of wind and solar plants in Kenya and South Africa.

This primary milestone was met in the Eastern Cape by the 120MW Golden Valley Wind Energy Plant, ahead of its planned commercial operations planned for the first quarter of the year 2021. During the development phase, the plant also achieved a million hours without even a Lost-Time-Incident (LTI). This Independent Power Producer (IPP) is projected to generate more than 477 GWh of clean energy per year, equal to about 120 000 households’ energy needs, and has been developed by a workforce of 98% of South Africans.

Located about 5 km from the Cookhouse, this wind farm is linked to the grid on farm land, which measures by an on-site substation as well as a dedicated 132 kV power line linking to the Kopleegte substation. BioTherm Oil, wholly owned by Actis, the world’s largest investor in developing markets, has a portfolio of five ventures in Africa. These do include, under REIPPPP, Konkoonsies II Solar, Aggeneys Solar, Excelsior Wind Energy Facility as well as Golden Valley Wind Energy Facility, and the Kipeto Wind Project under development in Kenya.

With three operating wind and solar facilities funded under the First Phase of the South African Renewable Energy Independent Power Producers Initiative, BioTherm Energy is a leading Independent Power Producer (IPP) in Africa (REIPPP). To present, the organization has been active in acquiring more than 250MW of PPAs in 7 different nations on the African continent. 

This African-born company aggressively expands its activities across the rest of the region, concentrating on the growth, funding, installation, and operations of both wind and solar projects. Established in 2003, BioTherm Energy’s priorities were focused initially on developing schemes for the cogeneration of gas and waste heat. Initially, BioTherm Energy’s priorities focused on creating cogeneration plants for gas and waste heat. Since then, the organization has become an African forum for producing renewable energies and an independent power generator.