Top 5 solar farms in Africa
South Africa is the southernmost country in Africa and the 25th largest country in the world by land area. Wind power in South Africa is currently delivering 960 MW to the power grid and solar power has a total of 2,292MW solar photovoltaic capacity. The following list is a round-up of the top 5 Solar Farms in South Africa.
5: Coega Wind Farm
The Coega Wind Farm is a wind farm in Coega; an Industrial Development Zone covering 110 km of land, situated within the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan Municipality near Port Elizabeth in South Africa. It was the first commercial wind farm built in the country and was installed by Electrawinds.
4: Darling Wind Farm
The Darling Wind Farm was one of the first two wind farms in South Africa, and is located 43 miles north of Cape Town, between Darling and Yzerfontein on the west coast of South Africa. It is a Department of Energy demonstrator site with the 4 turbines constructed.
3: Jeffreys Bay Wind Farm
Jeffreys Bay Wind Farm is located just outside the coastal town of Jeffreys Bay in the Eastern Cape province of South Africa. The wind farm has 60 wind turbines on a site that spans 3700 hectares. The farm supplies Eskom with 460,000 MWh of renewable electrical energy per year, enough to power more than 100,000 average South African households.
2: Gouda Wind Facility
Gouda Wind Farm is a wind farm just outside the town of Gouda in the Western Cape province of South Africa. The project cost R2.7 billion and is one of the largest wind-farms in Southern Africa. It is capable of powering 200,000 households per year or 400 gigawatt hours of electricity.
1: Sere Wind Farm
Sere Wind Farm is a wind-farm in the Western Cape province of South Africa, and is one of the largest wind-farms in Southern Africa, with a production capacity of 100 MW. The project was estimated to have cost R2.689 billion and was fully commissioned on 31st March 2015.