South Africa has announced to have started electrical distribution network on the US $205m Perdekraal East Wind Farm.
Construction project manager, Glenn Hobson confirmed the reports and explained that each wind tower is connected through underground cables to the main substation, which steps up the incoming power from each tower to match the voltage in the power grid.
“Each wind tower is connected through underground cables to the main substation, which steps up the incoming power from each tower to match the voltage in the power grid. The main substation is then connected to the grid through overhead high-voltage transmission lines,” he said.
Perdekraal East Wind Farm
The 110 MW wind farm will comprise of 48 wind turbines each 115 m high. Spanning 3 055 ha, the location of the Western Cape’s largest Bid Window 4 wind farm was chosen because of its excellent wind resource and its proximity to national roads for wind turbine transportation. The site also offers favorable construction conditions, municipality and local stakeholder support, a suitable connection to the national grid.
Scheduled for completion in late 2020, once finalized Perdekraal will generate about 368.8 GWh/y, this is estimated to power up to 95 000 houses.This mega project will have great impact not only on the national grid but also on the economies of surrounding communities in the Western Cape’s Witzenberg local municipality. Independent utility-scale wind and solar power plant developer Mainstream Asset Management South Africa will be responsible for managing its operation.