Building of PE wind farms begins

2012-07-12 16:53

 Johannesburg - Construction of a wind farm to supply power to the Nelson Mandela Bay municipality is due to start near Port Elizabeth, MetroWind said on Thursday.

The company said it had been given the green light to build and operate a R550m wind farm in Van Stadens, between Port Elizabeth and Jeffrey's Bay. Construction would begin in September.

"The farm, to be known as MetroWind Van Stadens Farm, is expected to start supplying the municipality and Eskom with power in October next year," said company director Donald McGillivray.

Eskom would be supplied with power for a period of 20 years, he said. "The project is a step forward in the country's pursuit of clean, renewable energy." McGillivray said the community was fully behind the farm.

The government asked for proposals from renewable energy producers last year for the construction and operation of wind farms in the province.

MetroWind was one of the 28 preferred bidders. It was granted a licence by the National Energy Regulator of SA. The municipality also gave its consent for the wind farm.

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  • robin.stobbs.9 - 2012-07-12 18:01

    Anyone who believes this insane monument to the "green energy" fraud is going to provide loads of low-cost energy needs their heads examined. Just go read some science on the subject or take an easy browse through:

      djozmo - 2012-07-12 19:42

      Robin what do YOU personally have against wind turbines? honestly? "Anyone" could tell me lots of things I dont have to believe a thing they say, I dont have to belive the research either - I will go and experince it for myself and believe it or not if i chose to. you need to research about some positive things in life too my old man. I spend the occasional day working inside these great machines, they are pretty DAMN awesome!! Great news for South Africa. A step in the right direction!! - 2012-07-12 20:41

      So sailing ships and windmills (like in Holland) of the past was also "green energy fraud" Robin?? I guess its true that common sense is not all that common, but here's the gist of wind energy: Wind is moving air. Since it moves and has mass it has kinetic energy. Windmills convert some of the kinetic energy to electrical energy. Electrical energy is used by consumers to warm water, burn lights, etc. See, its not so difficult and its a whole lot greener than burning oil, coal, gas or splitting atoms.

  • djozmo - 2012-07-12 19:46

    Mr Stobbs : "The researches of many commentators have already thrown much darkness on this subject and it is probable that if they continue, we’ll soon know nothing at all about it. ~Mark Twa1n ~ "

      robin.stobbs.9 - 2012-07-13 08:19

      @djozmo and It seems to me you are not au fait with current science on this. WHEN alternative power sources (sic!) are able to provide uninterrupted basline power and is delivered to consumers cheaper than coal / nuclear power, THEN I might start to take windmills seriously. Should you not be able to read scientific literature perhaps you might try "The Wind Farm Scam" by John Etherington and become educated on the problems with windmills! And, you need to compare apples with apples, OK?

      glenyso2 - 2012-07-20 09:04

      For Mr. Stobbs - there ARE houses in the Gauteng area that run off ALTERNATIVE POWER (solar and wind) and are off the Municipal and Eskom grid altogether,yes it is an option, at present costs quite a bit, but in the long run with the Eskom hikes on the horizon, any one who dosnt consider alternative power is a FOOL!

  • Craig - 2012-07-13 08:06

    I wonder what the capital tax allowance is and also what the feed in tariff is because these things are not viable at current electricity tariffs. In every part of the world wind can only work with large subsidies and in Spain, UK, Holland and Denmark those subsidies are causing unrest amongst consumers leading to subsidies being removed and turbines being shut down.

      robin.stobbs.9 - 2012-07-13 08:20

      Aha! Someone who has done his homework! Bravo!

  • Dakey - 2012-07-17 17:56

    PE's great for wind. Good move by the ANC.

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