by Simon Capstick-Dale

Wolseley wind farm gets go-ahead

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Wolseley wind farm gets the go-ahead.
Wind farm

A proposed wind farm near Wolseley in the Western Cape, capable of supplying enough electricity for 70% of the Witzenberg Municipality's population, has been given the green light by environmental authorities.

Satisfied the project would not be in conflict with environmental legislation, and that any negative impact could be reduced to acceptable levels, the Western Cape Department of Environmental Affairs and Development Planning has approved the power plant's environmental assessment.

The farm, which will consist of 30 turbines, each between 90m and 110m in height, will be able to produce 90MW of power.

With planning having begun in 2008, the project is proposed for the Breede River Valley between Wolseley and Worcester.

If it goes ahead, it will save more than 300 000 tonnes of climate-changing carbon dioxide that a coal-fired power station would generate over the wind farm's 20-year lifespan.

Based on Eskom's figures, it is estimated that the wind farm could produce enough power for 63 000 people when running at its peak, with the power generated being fed into the national grid.

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