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Two wind farms, with a generating capacity of 250 megawatts and representing an investment of R5.9-billion, will be built by the Irish company, Mainstream Renewable Power. The wind farms are in the Nama Khoi municipality in Northern Cape and in the Cape Winelands district.
The Gestamp Renewable Industries wind tower manufacturing plant in Atlantis will not only expand South Africas industrial base, but will breathe life into a town afflicted by social and economic challenges.
Eskoms first large scale renewable energy project, the Sere wind farm, in the Western Cape has been plugged into the national grid, with the ability to light up some 30 000 homes.
Construction of a R300-million wind turbine tower factory is nearing completion at the Coega Industrial Development Zone in South Africa's Eastern Cape. The facility will help supply the burgeoning renewable energy industry in the province.
Construction on what will be the continent's biggest wind farm, the Cookhouse wind farm in South Africa's Eastern Cape province, is under way, with the first batch of giant turbines having arrived at the Port of Ngqura outside Port Elizabeth.
South African wind turbine company Kestrel Renewable Energy, a subsidiary of battery manufacturer Eveready, has been awarded United Kingdom certification for its small wind turbine, which will be used for the UK's feed-in tariff scheme.
South African state electricity company Eskom has been granted a US$250-million (about R1.9-billion) World Bank loan to help it implement two of the largest renewable energy projects ever attempted on the African continent.
India's Suzlon Energy has signed a deal with African Clean Energy Developments for the supply and construction of up to 200 wind turbines for the Cookhouse Wind Energy Facility in the Eastern Cape, for an undisclosed sum.
South African state company Eskom has signed an agreement with French development agency AFD for a 100-million loan over 20 years to help finance a new wind farm project.
South Africa has an abundance of wind resources, and - coupled with its vast tracts of open land and infrastructure - the potential to become a "wind powerhouse", according to pioneers in search of sustainable energy solutions for the country.