SA launches wind atlas

2012-03-13 13:05

Cape Town - An atlas with verified wind data for the Northern, Western and Eastern Cape was released by the energy department on Tuesday.

When used with commercial wind resource software, this data could be used to determine the viability of a wind farm in these areas.

Data was collected over a year using 10 masts.

Deputy Minister Barbara Thompson said the R22m atlas project was an acknowledgement of the potential of renewable energy.

"It's our quest to ensure energy security for this country," she told reporters in Cape Town.

"Within three to six months of operation, a wind turbine is able to offset all emissions caused by its construction, and can run virtually carbon-free for the remainder of its 20-year life."

She encouraged green economy investment, which would not only yield profit, but also create jobs in the manufacturing of turbines.

The online data was available to the public from Tuesday at no cost, she said.

  • alansmartSnr - 2012-03-13 14:11

    Eskom should have started this ages ago instead of budgeting billions of Rands building these polluting new Coal Power stations which in any event will come on line only in a few years time. Dont understand these Fat Cat executives mentality..or is it all about tenders again?

  • Tommie - 2012-03-13 14:41

    Hi Alan you surely think that Wind Power would be able to supply a base load of 41 Mega Watts to the country?

      michael.liebenberg - 2012-03-13 20:50

      Tommie, have a look around the world. Have a look at Hopkins Ridge Wind Facility in Southeast Washington (to name but a small one). And this is only 1 farm. 87 turbines and 156 MW of electricity. We have plenty of wind on the West Coast and other places and more than enough available land.

  • Jarryd - 2012-03-13 15:07

    Im confused. R22m for 10 masts with wind data collectiuon equipment? R1m should be enough to do this.

  • John - 2012-03-13 16:34

    "but also create jobs in the manufacturing of turbines." Heard that one before... Are we going to export our labour to China? Thats where the government runs when every they want something manufactured....

  • Ray - 2012-03-13 18:26

    there is a local company who actually manufactures wind turbines and is a big proponent of local job creation - WindWatts. they have the capability of manufacturing a 100MW windfarm. time to start supporting locals and stop running to the inefficient equipment dumped on us by the chinese.

  • Neels Swanepoel - 2012-03-13 21:07

    does anyone know where to find this atlas?

  • Neels Swanepoel - 2012-03-13 21:16

    does anyone know where to find this atlas?

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