Amakhala Emoyeni is a 134 MW operating wind farm located near the town of Bedford, in the Eastern Cape. The project is the first phase of the larger concept which includes Msenge Emoyeni and Iziduli Emoyeni.
The region was identified by Seriti Green in 2009 as an excellent area for wind development due to the high wind speeds and the proximity to high capacity transmission. Seriti Green then secured the land and began the development process.
The environmental authorisation was granted in 2011 for the greater region (including the Msenge Emoyeni and Iziduli phases Emoyeni). In the same year, Seriti Green partnered with Cennergi (a joint venture between Exxaro and Tata Power) and successfully bid the project into South Africa’s renewable energy program.
The project began commercial operations in 2016 and will have significant benefits for the local community. In addition to employing dozens of local contractors, part of the project is owned by two local community trusts that contribute to local economic development.