• Staff writer


As part of its overall renewable energy strategy, Exxaro Resources Limited, through its wholly-owned renewable energy subsidiary, Cennergi, is developing the 70MW Lephalale Solar Project that will supply renewable energy to the Grootegeluk Complex, the integrated coal operations owned by another subsidiary of Exxaro, Exxaro Coal, in accordance with a long-term power purchase agreement.

The Grootegeluk Complex will derive long term sustainable benefits from the project, including security of clean electricity supply, significant energy cost savings and a carbon footprint reduction.

In implementing its strategy of Powering a Clean World and its ambitions to lead South Africa’s mining sector in the energy transition to a low carbon economy, Cennergi is currently investigating bespoke renewable energy solutions for Exxaro’s remaining mining operations and those of several third parties.

Exxaro CEO, Mxolisi Mgojo, said that their vision to become a renewable energy pioneer in South Africa was evident as far back as 2009, culminating in their investment in Cennergi, which was then a 50:50 joint venture with Tata Power.

“Climate change is a challenge, a global problem which is currently disrupting livelihoods and has the potential to impact negatively on future generations. We have long understood the need to balance the country’s social and economic development, which relies on coal generated power, with the need to support the transition towards a low-carbon economy to reduce carbon emissions and the harmful impacts of climate change,” he adds.

Cennergi established itself in the local renewable energy sector in 2012 and commissioned two wind projects in the Eastern Cape in 2016: Amakhala Emoyeni wind farm near Bedford (134MW) and Tsitsikamma Community wind farm (95MW). These projects contribute 229MW of renewable energy to the national grid.


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