Acciona enters S. Africa with two renewable projects

The Spanish company, together with Aveng, will build, own and operate a 135MW wind farm as well as a 74MW photovoltaic solar plant in South Africa.

Acciona Energy, the renewable energy subsidiary of Spanish developer Acciona, has entered the South African renewable market via two independent power projects, the company announced earlier this week.

Together with Aveng, which Acciona calls “the biggest infrastructure group in Africa” and two other South African partners, Acciona Energy will build a 135-megawatt (MW) wind farm in the west of the country as well as a 74MW photovoltaic power plant in the south-west. Both facilities should be completed in 2014.

In a statement, Acciona was bullish on South Africa’s renewable energy plans:

“South Africa is a great country with many initiatives in the field of renewable energy and we want to play an active role in the development of the country’s clean energy potential with our experience and technological know-how. We are convinced that the projects awarded today will be the start of an ongoing effort of cooperation.”

Under South Africa’s Integrated Resource Programme 2010, the country aims to generate 30 percent of its electricity via renewable sources by 2030, translating into 17,000MW of new renewable energy capacity.

In the shorter term, South Africa plans to award some 3,725MW of clean energy projects by the end of 2013.