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Wind Power Soars in South Africa: 34 Farms Generate Over 3,400MW

Published September 27, 2023
9 months ago

Across the South African landscape, wind power now positively impacts the nation's energy grid, with 34 operational wind farms currently contributing a mammoth 3,400MW to South Africa's electricity supply. Key to the sustainability and expansion of these farms are Independent Power Producers (IPPs) who own the majority of these sites.

Showcasing the success of this electric landscape is the unique arrangement of two adjacent farms - Khobab and Loeriesfontein 2 in the Northern Cape, the country's most substantial wind power facility which churns out an impressive 283MW from a total of 122 Siemens SWT-2.3-108 turbines.

Dotted mainly across the Cape provinces, these wind farms are strategically positioned to capitalize on the region’s robust wind conditions, providing electricity during peak demand hours. However, these farms come with an operational efficiency ranging from 30-45% of capacity - a figure that points towards their intermittent efficiency.

Despite this hurdle, their contribution to diversifying South Africa's energy mix is undisputed. As the nation plans for the future of renewable energy, transmission capacity in these regions remains a significant area of investment and improvement.

Going forward, it's clear more capacity from renewable sources needs to be accommodated, considering several new wind farm projects are in the pipeline. Indeed, the bright horizon of South Africa's renewable energy sector gleams with promising prospects, illuminating a more sustainable future.

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