You might have noticed the wind turbine farm that is currently under construction next to the N7 outbound from Cape Town. This farm is one of many to start popping up all over South Africa. The initial four turbines that was constructed just outside of Darling has a peak capacity that generates 5.2 MW which is enough to power 700 houses.

South Africa has seen a great push for renewable energy in recent years, especially after the 2009 Climate Change conference which was held in Copenhagen, Denmark. South Africa announced that they aim to reduce its carbon emissions by 34% by the year 2020. Eskom produces half of South Africa’s 550 ton carbon emissions. The company applied for a  World Bank loan for the Medupi and Kusile coal-fired plants which was granted on the condition that the money be used for  building two renewable-energy plants, one wind and one solar. in order to aquire a World Bank Loan

And as part of Eskom’s World Bank loan for the Medupi and Kusile coal-fired plants, Eskom was required to build two renewable-energy plants, one wind and one solar. Eskom’s 100MW Sere wind farm recently received the go-ahead from the National Energy Regulator. The R2.4-billion farm is also located in the Western Cape and will start generating power next year. It will consist of 46 turbines which will have a life span of 20 years, and will produce enough power for 97 000 homes. As new as all of this seams for South Africa, we are lucky in the sense that we are making use of a technology which has already been researched and developed which means no funds need to be spent on that aspect. The future is looking bright and the power crisis looks to be slowly getting under control.

Kings, S. 2013, Newcastle toolkit. 30 May 2013. Environment: SA set to profit from wind power. Blog. Available from: <>. [16 October 2013].




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