Red Rocket Announces Roggeveld Wind Farm’s Commercial Operations

Red Rocket Announces Roggeveld Wind Farm’s Commercial Operations

Red Rocket Announces Roggeveld Wind Farm’s Commercial Operations. Red Rocket has announced commercial operations of its first hydro facility Kruisvallei, its first wind farm in South Africa, Roggeveld has reached commercial operations.

The project that is situated on the border of the Northern and Western Cape Province has an installed capacity of 147MW and a contracted capacity of 140MW. As at commercial operations, the Roggeveld wind farm is now feeding much-needed electricity into the Eskom grid. The project milestone, that was officially achieved on 26 February, sees the African Independent Power Producer (IPP) effectively near double its project’s asset base. Its renewable energy projects in operation, under construction, or awarded preferred bidder status across the Continent now total 750MW.

Roggeveld Wind Power was awarded preferred bidder status under Round 4 of South Africa’s Renewable Energy Independent Power Producers’ Procurement programme (REIPPPP). The project reached the peak of its construction as the covid pandemic took hold globally, and the build was halted for a short period in adherence to covid restrictions. Matteo Brambilla, CEO of Red Rocket said in a statement, “While Covid had impacts on our construction by reaching COD, we believe that we have evidenced our determination to deliver clean energy and meaningful economic participation for the communities we serve.”

Red Rocket was born from the Management buy-out of the African platform of Building Energy supported by EVO Fund managed by Inspired Evolution. As of 2020, Red Rocket is an African Independent Power Producer with holding offices in Mauritius and owned by the EVO II Fund and the people of Red Rocket including its management and employees.

By Thomas Chiothamisi
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