Cape Town to sell SA’s first wind power

Posted by Laura Grant on May 28, 2008
Posted in Renewable energy

The City of Cape Town plans to sell green electricity from July, according to the city’s website.

The electricity will be supplied by the Darling Wind Farm, which was officially switched on last Friday by the minerals and energy minister, Bulyewa Sonjica. It is South Africa’s first commercial wind farm, situated in the town of Darling, 70km from Cape Town.

The wind farm’s four 1.3MW turbines can generate 5.2MW of electricity. There are plans to add six more 1.3MW turbines in the future, bringing the total capacity to 13MW.

The electricity produced by the wind farm will be added to the national grid and sold to the City of Cape Town as part of a long-term power purchase agreement. This will go towards the city’s target of sourcing 10% of its energy from renewable sources by 2020.

The city will sell the electricity to customers interested in buying sustainable energy “initially at a premium (surcharge) of 25c/kWh above the cost of conventional electricity”, according to the city’s website.

The Darling Wind Farm is a R75-million national demonstration project developed by a group consisting of private developers, including Darling Independent Power Producer, the Central Energy Fund and the Development Bank of Southern Africa. The Danish International Development Assistance programme provided a third of the funding in the form of a grant.

Over its 20-year predicted life span, the Darling Wind Farm will reportedly save 142,500 tons of coal and 370-million litres of water. It will also reduce carbon dioxide emissions by 258,100 tons, sulphur dioxide by 2,200 tons, nitric oxide by 1,100 tons, particulates by 58 tons and ash by 42,200 tons.

To find out more about buying Cape Town’s green electricity, click here

Via: IOL
and Engineering News


One Response to “Cape Town to sell SA’s first wind power”

  1. Jacques SEOman
    May 29th, 2008 @ 1:55 pm

    The future of our energy supply lies in renewables / alternatives. The stranglehold oil has on our economy is totally untenable and we have to shake this yoke. The future of our country and people depend on the correct decision making and implementation of viable projects in this field.

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