GRI is the only South African operational manufacturer of wind towers and is based in Atlantis, Western Cape.
GRI opened its wind tower manufacturing plant in 2014 in this highly impoverished area, creating over 300 jobs and developing key skills in the process.
The plant has the capacity to manufacture over 150 wind towers per year – this is the equivalent of supplying 400MW in new-build wind farms per annum, which translates into enough power produced to power 134,000 homes and creates a contribution of R187 million to the economy.
Hulisani has an effective 25% shareholding in GRI.
GRI provides Hulisani with vertical integration into the wind farm supply chain amid increased calls for local jobs and skills to be created and for enforcement of local content rules. In addition, it provides access to global demand for components for the wind generating industry.