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BioTherm Energy has announced the completion of its Golden Valley wind facility in the Eastern Cape.

The R6.5 billion investment connects 284 MW to South Africa’s national grid and is in partnership with Thebe Investment Corporation (TIC).

The facility entered commercial operation on May 1, 2021 and is expected to generate more than 477 GWh of renewable energy each year, equivalent to the energy needs of approximately 120,000 households.

It joins the company’s Excelsior wind power plant in the Western Cape and two solar photovoltaic projects in the North Cape, all of which are part of the fourth tender of the government’s renewable energy supply program for power producers. independent electricity.

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The Golden Valley Wind Power Plant is located approximately three miles from Cookhouse, on 9,000 hectares of farmland. It is connected to the grid via an on-site substation and a dedicated 132 kV power line connecting the Kopleegte substation.

Construction began two years ago and provided jobs for around 500 workers, the majority of whom were from surrounding beneficiary communities in the local municipal area of ​​Blue Crane Route.

Climate change is hurting the economy

In one declaration At the end of April, President Cyril Ramaphosa said climate change was at the heart of his presidency as he saw damage to the South African economy.

Ramaphosa highlighted the prolonged drought in parts of the Eastern, Northern and Western Cape, which has caused water shortages, a widespread poor harvest and has had negative effects on commercial and subsistence agriculture.

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This in turn had a national impact, he said.

“This has pushed up the prices of food, especially staples like corn flour, contributing to food insecurity in poor households. This affected the economy as a whole, as the performance of major agricultural exports declined. “

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“If we do not act urgently, we may find that our development progress is reversed and our ability to overcome poverty, unemployment and inequality is seriously limited.”

Ramaphosa said the government plans to introduce regulations to limit damage from climate change through the Nationally Determined Contribution (NDC), which sets targets for reducing greenhouse gas emissions.

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Each country submits these goals to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change every five years.

“Last month we released our updated NDC for public comment ahead of its submission to the Glasgow Summit in November,” he said.

“Our new NDC offers a significant reduction in target emission ranges. By implementing our mitigation strategy, we aim to see our carbon emissions gradually decrease from 2025. This is a decade earlier than expected. “


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