In South Africa, Meadows Energy, in partnership with G7 Renewable Energies, will begin construction of the 128MW Oya Energy Hybrid Project this year.
The project will be completed within 18 months as part of the Risk Mitigation Independent Power Producer Procurement Programme (RMIPPPP). The programme was set up by the department of energy to help ease South Africa’s power crisis.
Meadows Energy was announced as G7 Renewable Energies’ partner for the Oya Hybrid Energy Project. which will utilise co-located wind turbines, solar PV arrays, Lithium-Ion batteries and a hybrid controller that orchestrates all three technologies to provide dispatchable power to the grid as and when needed.
Oya Energy will own and operate the 128MW plant near the town of Matjiesfontein, straddling the Western and Northern Cape Provinces. The plant will be the largest hybrid energy project in Africa and is unique in the world in terms of technology mix, size, and price.
Romaya Dorasamy, the co-founder and MD of the 100% women-owned Meadows Energy, commented: “After years of G7 spearheading the wind energy industry in the country, the unique opportunity of the RMIPPPP – to provide reliable, low cost, on demand power to South Africa – they pioneered beyond conventional parameters and partnered with us to deliver the Oya Energy Hybrid Project.”
The Meadows Energy team has been involved in the development of over 800MW utility-scale renewable energy projects in Southern Africa. The team has also been involved in successfully completing the engineering, procurement, construction, commissioning and registration of over 6MW of Small-Scale Embedded Generation Solar PV projects in South Africa.
Dorasamy added: “Meadows Energy is committed to a future where South Africa will have adequate power for all, this can only be achieved through meaningful inclusion of local communities.”