South Africa

Mainstream South Africa is a leading developer of wind and solar projects employing more than 46 people in our Cape Town office. Mainstream has won a total of 848MW through the SA Government REIPPPP.

Mainstream’s strategy is to work as a consortium to submit bids and we have previously worked in partnership with Absa Capital, Globeleq, Thebe Investment Company and Siemens Energy South Africa.  In its pilot year, submissions were made for three projects – all of which are now in operation – Jeffreys’ Bay wind plant (138 megawatts), Droogfontein solar energy plant (50 megawatts) and De Aar solar energy  plant (50 megawatts).  All projects reached commercial operation safely, on time and on budget during April and May 2014.

In recognition of the success of the initial programme, the Government launched subsequent rounds and in 2013, a further Mainstream led consortium was successful and won preferred bidder status to deliver 360 megawatts of wind energy projects.  The Noupoort wind plant (80 megawatts) was commissioned in Q2, 2016 and the Loeriesfontein wind project (140 megawatts) and Khobab wind project (140 megawatts) are in construction with expected commercial operation in December 2017.  In June 2015, Mainstream was awarded two further wind projects (250 megawatts), the Kangnas wind farm located in the Northern Cape (140 megawatts) and the Perdekraal East wind farm (110 megawatts) located in the Western Cape – and these projects reached financial close in June 2018 and are expected to reach commercial operations in 2020.

Mainstream’s role in South Africa is to work with the communities where we are developing our projects to deliver value to these communities and grow a new sustainable industry. Together we can create decent jobs, stimulate rural development and bring about real skills transfer. This will ultimately result in the development of sustainable communities and businesses with long term value that will benefit all South Africans.

In this short film below, see the impact of the Noupoort wind farm in the local community.