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Wind Resource Map

South Africa’s first Large Scale High Resolution (250 m) Wind Resource Map contributes significantly to fast tracking the development of wind farms as well as improves government’s access to accurate and verified information on the country’s wind resources.

The data is based on the Verified Numerical Wind Atlas for South Africa – launched by the Deputy Minister of Energy in March 2012 – and offers the following important benefits for planners, policy makers and industry:

  • Cost and timing savings as the viability in terms of wind speed of a potential site can be predicted with known and traceable accuracy;
  • Levels the playing field between small or large industry player to identify and develop project sites for wind farms;
  • Assists the South African Government in calculating the potential yield of the wind energy resources;
  • Identification of potential wind development zones in line with the strategic environmental framework or assessments studies; and
  • Scheduling of variable wind resources and long-term grid planning.

The map with more detail on the development thereof can be accessed here:

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Wind Comic Strip

Cartoons and comic strips have been with us since the 19th century and with good reason. Why not take a breather and enjoy our fun cartoons which tackles some of the more contentious issues around wind energy in a fun and informative manner.

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Fact Sheet 1: Wind - General

Want to know more about the origins of wind and the technology behind it? Page through our Wind General PDF which provides a great overview of wind energy’s history and current information on wind turbines and much more.

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Fact Sheet 2: The Impact of Wind

Unfortunately, the development and adoption of wind energy are often hampered by misconceptions and urban myths. In this informative PDF we provide you with hard facts on wind’s impact on the environment and dispel many other common misconceptions.

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Fact Sheet 3: The Economics of Wind

Wind is not only good for the environment and energy generation but also offers huge economic benefits such as job creation and overall socio-economic development. Read more to find out how wind makes a difference to a country and its society’s economy.

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Fact Sheet 4: And When the Wind Stops Blowing?

Wind like any other power source is variable; however, this does not mean it is not reliable. In this PDF we provide you with more information on the reliability of wind and overall capacity planning studies.

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Fact Sheet 5: Wind = Noise?

Definitely not; whilst wind farms consist of rotating machinery, the noise levels are almost negligible compared to other power resources. Read more about the noise levels of wind farms which includes comparative studies, perceptions and audibility information.

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Fast Facts: Need Quick, Concise Information on Wind Energy?

Look no further than the Fast Fact sheet which will provide you with important information on wind’s environmental impact, economics and South African context.

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