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Kringe in ‘n Bos and Surfers in J-Bay

Dalene Mathee must have been psychic when she wrote her award-winning novel, aptly translated into English as Circles in a Forest. After all, wind turbines turn in circles, n’est pas? And although the Knysna Forest in which the novel is set is well to the west of this wind farm, the whole area where you find the Tsitsikamma Community Wind Farm (TCWF) forms part of the Knysna-Amatole montane forests, with the Garden Route National Park that straddles the border between the Eastern and Western Cape.

With the beautiful Indian Ocean nearby, TWCF is not far from the famed Jeffreys Bay, which is world-famous as a surfers’ dream. The same winds that influence the waves of the surfers, also blow wind onto the land, which drives our turbines. It’s the epitome of nature and mankind working in harmony.

Project Quick Facts

  • Location: 30km west of Humansdorp, Eastern Cape Province, South Africa
  • Technology: 31 Vestas V112 3MW wind turbines
  • Size: 95MW
  • PPA: 20-year government-supported PPA with Eskom
  • Local community shareholding: 9%
  • RE IPP status: round 2 preferred bidder
  • Technology type: onshore wind

Project Overview

The wind farm is located south of the N2 national road in the Tsitsikamma area, falling within the Koukamma Local Municipality. It involved the construction and operation of 31 wind turbines and associated balance of plant infrastructure on the farm Wittekleibosch, owned by the Tsitsikamma Development Trust (TDT).

Of Poets, Sheep and Fish in the River

The area of Cookhouse and Bedford, both near the Amakhala Emoyeni Wind Farm (known as AE01), is steeped in tradition and history. This is Eastern Cape sheep farming area, and the people of the area are justifiably proud of it. When those cold Drakensberg winds blow into the area each winter, it’s the sheep’s wool that keeps the people warm at night – that, and the power generated by the nearby wind farm.

Scottish, Dutch and French poets and writers mingled with the local Xhosa people here, and were inspired by the Great Fish River and the beauty of the landscape.

The windy city of PE (these days christened at Gqeberha) is a scant 200km away, so this was the perfect place for a wind farm. Not only has it done a great deal of good for the local community in terms of bringing in investment, but it also generates much cleaner energy than coal. And that is a win in anyone’s book!

Project Quick Facts

  • Location: near Bedford, Eastern Cape Province, South Africa
  • Technology: 56 Nordex 2.4MW wind turbines
  • Size: 134MW
  • PPA: 20-year government-supported PPA with Eskom
  • Local community shareholding: 5%
  • RE IPP status: round 2 preferred bidder
  • Technology type: onshore wind

Project Overview

This project has an excellent wind resource and is in close proximity to infrastructure, most importantly the national electricity supply grid. Some 56 turbines, each with a 91m hub height and 2.4MW capacity have been supplied and installed on-site by German wind turbine manufacturer Nordex.