Van Stadens Wind Farm

on Van Stadens Farm outside Port Elizabeth in the Eastern Cape, was started in September 2012.

The African renewable , MetroWind, is proceeding with the R550-million project which will provide power to the Nelson Mandela Bay .

The will construct nine 3-megawatt turbines, boosting the local electricity grid, accounting for nearly half the 10 percent renewable target planned for Nelson Mandela Bay, and providing power for around 5 000 homes.

In March 2012 Africa released The Atlas for Africa, helping to identify other suitable sites in the Eastern, Western and Northern Cape provinces, and collating some 30 years’ of data.

A website displays speed, frequency, direction and estimated power output, and will be regularly updated as new measurements become available.

Africa has excellent sites located along its coast and in several inland areas.

The plans to produce 42% of all new electricity generation over the next 20 years from renewable sources.

At the moment 90% of its is from coal, leaving an enormous  footprint.

Also participating in the project are the  African Weather Service, the University of Cape ’s Climate Analysis Group, and the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research.

The Technical University of Denmark’s department is also assisting with expertise, while funding is provided by Africa’s Department of , the Danish Embassy in SA, and the UN Development Programmer’s Global Facility.