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South Africa embraces more wind energy

The Darling Wind
Farm in the
Western Cape
20 October 2008 – State-owned Eskom was in negotiations with potential suppliers for its proposed wind farm, to be built near Koekenaap in the Vredendal area of the Western Cape.

"It is expected that these negotiations will end at the end of October. Thereafter, evaluations will be done and a report will be submitted to the Board Tender Committee for approval," the media desk stated.

The proposed project involves the development of a wind farm with an initial capacity of 100 MW, which was likely to be increased to 200 MW. The plant would enable the storage of renewable energy for use during the evening peak demand. The planned completion date for the wind farm was March 30, 2010.

The wind farm would be South Africa’s second commercial wind farm, following the recent launch of the first such wind farm near Darling, in the Western Cape.

Eskom had already established two wind-farms, namely the 3.2 MW Klipheuwel wind farm and the 5.2 MW Darling wind farm.