Public hearings into PE wind farm open
Port Elizabeth - Public hearings on a new wind farm planned for Port Elizabeth were underway in the city on Friday, the National Energy Regulator of SA (Nersa) said.
The hearings are to test opinion on the building of a wind farm at Blue Horizon Bay, west of Port Elizabeth.
"Wind has been identified as an important way to generate clean electricity, especially in a windy area such as this," Nersa said in a statement.
If the project goes ahead, the nine turbines will have a combined capacity of 27MW and generate 80 000MW hours a year for 20 years.
With another wind farm being built on the other side of Port Elizabeth, the project is set to provide much of the city's power, and also feed power into the national grid.
Nersa said the value of the electricity generated at Blue Horizon Bay would be R92m a year.
Despite the potential benefits, some Port Elizabeth residents were opposed to the development on aesthetic grounds, it said.