Wholly women-owned energy company Meadows Energy has been announced as G7 Renewable Energies’ partner for the Oya hybrid energy project, which straddles the Western and Northern Cape provinces of South Africa.
The 128 MW Oya hybrid facility, which will eventually offer dispatchable renewable energy as part of the Risk Mitigation Independent Power Producer Procurement Programme (RMIPPPP), will use co-located wind turbines, solar photovoltaic (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.
In partnership with G7 Renewable Energies, Meadows Energy will begin construction of the Oya project this year and complete it within 18 months.
“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 sees them pioneer beyond conventional parameters and partner with us to deliver the Oya hybrid energy project,” says Meadows Energy co-founder and MD Romaya Dorasamy.
Meadows Energy says it is committed to a future where South Africa will have adequate power for all, and Dorasamy believes this can only be achieved through the meaningful inclusion of local communities.
The Meadows Energy team has been involved in the development of over 800 MW of 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 6 MW of small-scale embedded generation solar PV projects in South Africa.