UK-based power company, Globeleq Generation has announced the commencement of construction on three renewable energy projects in South Africa.

The projects include a 138MW wind farm at Jeffreys Bay on the Eastern Cape as well as two 50MW solar photovoltaic (PV) facilities located on the Northern Cape.

Construction of each of the projects will be jointly managed by Mainstream Renewable Power and Globeleq.

Globeleq chief executive officer Mikael Karlsson remarked that the construction of the three renewable projects will strengthen the commitment of the South African government to climate change and the necessity to broaden the energy supply for the country.

Globeleq Africa Business Development head Paul Kunert added, "These renewable energy projects add to Globeleq’s extensive African power generation portfolio and illustrate our ability to mobilize capital for sustainable and productive power generation investments.

"Globeleq looks forward to working with our consortium partners, the contractors and community to successfully build the project on time, safely and within budget."

The projects are part of the South African government’s Renewable Energy IPP Procurement Program, and are scheduled to begin operations in mid 2014.

Siemens will undertake the construction of the solar project while the Jeffreys Bay Wind Farm will be constructed by Siemens and a South African consortium of Murray & Roberts and Conco.