Outside which city would you find the Van Stadens Wind Farm?
The Van Stadens Wind Farm is situated outside of Port Elizabeth, in the Republic of South Africa.
Construction on Van Stadens Wind Farm outside Port Elizabeth in the Eastern Cape, was started in September 2012. The South African renewable energy company, MetroWind, is proceeding with the R550-million project which will provide power to the Nelson Mandela Bay municipality. The company will construct nine 3-megawatt wind turbines, boosting the local electricity grid, accounting for nearly half the 10 percent renewable energy target planned for Nelson Mandela Bay, and providing power for around 5,000 homes.
In March 2012 South Africa released The Wind Atlas for South Africa, helping to identify other suitable wind energy sites in the Eastern, Western and Northern Cape provinces, and collating some 30 years' of wind data. A website displays wind speed, frequency, direction and estimated power output, and will be regularly updated as new measurements become available. South Africa has excellent wind energy sites located along its coast and in several inland areas.
The country plans to produce 42% of all new electricity generation over the next 20 years from renewable sources. At the moment 90% of its energy is from coal, leaving an enormous carbon footprint.