ACCIONA and New Zealand-based engineering and construction group Aveng have announced that they will build, own and operate a 135 MW wind farm and a 74 MW photovoltaic solar plant in South Africa.
Both projects have been selected by South Africa's Department of Energy in the second round of an international tender designed to promote renewable energy in the country.
ACCIONA Energy will take a 51% stake in the projects, Aveng will have a 29% stake and two social promotion entities from South Africa will contribute the remaining 20%.
The two facilities will be ACCIONA's first investments in South Africa, which plans to award 3.725 GW in clean energy projects by the end of 2013 as part of a longer-term strategy to incorporate 17 GW of new renewable energy capacity by 2030.
The Gouda wind park will be built in the municipality of Drakenstein, Western Cape Province. It will be equipped with 46 3 MW ACCIONA Windpower turbines. Construction will start in 2013 and is expected to be completed in 2014.