Vrede and Rondavel Solar Energy Facility Grid

Electrical Grid Infrastructure (EGI) for the 100MWac Vrede and 100MWac Rondavel Photovoltaic (PV) Solar Energy Facilities, Located Near Kroonstad, Free State Province

Applicant:  South Africa Mainstream Renewable Power Developments (Pty) Ltd

Proposed Activity:  The development of Electrical Grid Infrastructure (EGI) is required to enable the evacuation of generated electricity from the Vrede PV Solar Energy Facility and the Rondavel PV Solar Energy Facility to the national grid.

The Vrede EGI and Rondavel EGI will include the following key infrastructure and components:

  • On-site substation for each project which consists of:
    • 33/132kV portion of the substation (adjacent to the Independent Power Producer (IPP) substation).
    • Associated equipment, infrastructure, and buildings.
    • Temporary and permanent laydown areas.
  • Distribution Lines
    • For the Vrede PV solar energy facility, the 132kV distribution line from the onsite 33/132kV Eskom portion of the substation will loop in and loop out into the Eskom 132kV Kroonstad Municipality – Theseus 1 Switching Station power line.
    • For the Rondavel PV solar energy facility, the 132kV distribution line from the onsite 33/132kV Eskom portion of the substation will loop in and loop out into the Eskom 132kV Kroonstad Municipality – Kroonstad Switching Station power line or connect directly with the Kroonstad Municipality 132/66kV substation, depending on which alternative is constructed.

Project Location: The Vrede and Rondavel EGIs are located ~ 11km and 6km, respectively, from Kroonstad in the Moqhaka Local Municipality (Fezile Dabi District Municipality), Free State Province. The proposed EGIs will traverse the properties tabled below:

 

Vrede EGI Property/ies Rondavel EGI Property/s
Both Alternative 1 (3.12km) and Alternative 2 (3.47km):

  • Remaining extent of the farm Vrede No. 1152
  • Remaining Extent of the farm Gesukkel No. 1153
  • Remaining Extent of the farm Geduld No. 1156
Alternative 1 (2.33km):

  • Remaining extent of the farm Rondavel No. 627
  • Portion 1 of the farm Rondavel No. 627
  • Portion 0 of the farm Rondavel No. 627
  • Remaining extent of the farm Boschplaat No. 330
  • Remaining extent of the farm Salie No. 1837

Alternative 2 (6.11km):

  • Remaining extent of the farm Rondavel-Noord No. 1475
  • Portion 1 of the farm Naseby Thorns No. 288
  • Portion 0 of the farm Leeuwkrantz No. 1384
  • Remaining extent of the farm Dorp Gronden Van Kroonstadt No. 460
  • Portion 225 of the farm Dorp Gronden Van Kroonstadt No. 460
  • Portion 226 of the farm Dorp Gronden Van Kroonstadt No. 460

Alternative 3 (3.68km):

  • Remaining extent of the farm Rondavel-Noord No. 1475
  • Remaining extent of the farm Waterloo No. 1383

Application for Environmental Authorisation:  Separate applications for Environmental Authorisation (EA) in terms of the National Environmental Management Act (No. 107 of 1998) (NEMA) and 2014 EIA Regulations (GNR 326), as amended, are being undertaken for the projects.  Each application is being supported by a separate Basic Assessment Process. Savannah Environmental is undertaking the Basic Assessment process and Public Participation Process for these projects.

Basic Assessment Reports available for review:  The Basic Assessment Reports and associated documentation for each respective project are available for review and comment from Friday, 06 August 2021 until Monday, 06 September 2021 and can be downloaded from the Savannah Environmental website. The final date to submit comments is Monday, 06 September 2021.

To obtain further information and register on the project database, please submit your name, contact information and interest in the project to:

Tumelo Mathulwe at Savannah Environmental

PO Box 148, Sunninghill, 2157

Tel: 011 656 3237   /   Mobile: 060 978 8396

Fax: 086 684 0547

Email: publicprocess@savannahsa.com

Website: www.savannahsa.com

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