The wind farm, which is owned by EDF’s local subsidiary InnoWind with 60% stake, is located in the Nelson Mandela Bay Metropolitan Municipality of the Eastern Cape province.

The remaining 40% interest of the wind farm, which features 20 Vestas V112 turbines, each with a unit capacity of 3.075 MW, is owned by local partners.

EDF Energies Nouvelles chief executive officer Antoine Cahuzac said: "The commissioning of EDF Energies Nouvelles’ first wind farm in South Africa, a country that has been pursuing a major drive to promote renewable energies since 2011, represents an important milestone in the company’s international expansion."

EDF said the scheme is the first of the three projects awarded to it in 2012 under the competitive tender for renewable energies projects held by the South African government.

Power generated from the Grassridge wind farm will be sold to grid operator under a 20-year power purchase agreement.

EDF has recently commissioned the 12MW Barmoor wind farm in the UK.