On either side of the R45 on the West Coast of South Africa, stand the 37 Vestas V100 wind turbines of the Umoya Energy Wind Farm.
The wind farm not only supplies South Africa with 176 600 MWh of much-needed green energy per year, it also benefits the local communities in the surrounding areas, through its many economic development programmes.
Located 125km north of Cape Town on the R45 in the Saldanha Bay Municipality in the Western Cape province, Umoya Energy Wind Farm generates approximately 176 600 MWh of clean renewable energy every year.
The wind farm began supplying electricity to the grid in late 2013 and achieved commercial operation date (COD) on 1 February 2014, just over one year after construction started. It was the first commercial wind farm in the country to reach this milestone.Fact sheet
Clean, renewable, electricity generated per year
37 Vestas V100 Turbines standing 95m tall at the hub, spanning about 900 hectares
49 000 low-income (at a usage of 3 600kWh/year), or 22 000 medium-income South African homes (at a usage of 7 800kWh/year)
Empowering and strengthening the local communities through capacity building, skills transfer and funding of various beneficiary programmes in the surrounding areas.
The aim is to empower and to build capacity of these communities through the funding of various socio-economic development programmes that positively address local skills gaps and needs, and empower the communities to be economically independent and take ownership of their future.
2nd Floor, Fernwood House, The Oval, 1 Oakdale Road, Newlands, Cape Town, 7700
P O Box 23101, Claremont, 7735
Tel: +27 21 670 1400 (main switchboard)
Umoya Energy Local Community Office:
26 Voortrekker Road, Hopefield, 7355
Tel: +27 22 723 0022