Darling Wind Farm

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Darling Wind Farm
Darling South Africa wind turbines.jpg
Darling Wind Farm, Western Cape, South Africa
Darling Wind Farm is located in South Africa
Darling Wind Farm
Location of Darling Wind Farm
Country South Africa
Location 13 km north west of Darling, Western Cape
Coordinates 33°19′1″S 18°15′34″E / 33.31694°S 18.25944°E / -33.31694; 18.25944Coordinates: 33°19′1″S 18°15′34″E / 33.31694°S 18.25944°E / -33.31694; 18.25944
Commission date 2008
Owner(s) Darling Wind Power
Power generation
Units operational 4 turbines
6 additional turbines planned
Nameplate capacity 5.2 MW

Darling Wind Farm was one of the first three wind farms in South Africa. It is located 70 km (43 mi) 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.[1] The second phase, 6 additional turbines, was never completed.

Darling Wind Power company is subject to liquidation. The DWP Board adopted a resolution to liquidate the company. Expected to operate at 28% capacity and deliver 13.2 GWh per year, it has only been delivering 8 GWh[2] per year at 19% capacity. 19% percent is actually quite good, German wind farms average 18%, but clearly the business model could not support the lower performance.[3][4]

Design[edit]

It currently consists of 4 horizontal axis turbines with an installed capacity of 5.2MW. The plan is for an additional 6 turbines to give 13MW total generating capacity. [5]

The Turbines were built by Fuhrländer AG Germany. (http://www.darlingwindfarm.co.za/projectfactsheet.htm)

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References[edit]

  1. ^ "Darling WindFarm". darlingwindfarm.com. Retrieved 2015-07-28. 
  2. ^ "About green electricity". www.capetown.gov.za. Archived from the original on 2015-09-25. Retrieved 2015-07-27. 
  3. ^ "Integrated Annual Report 2013 -14". Retrieved 30 April 2015. 
  4. ^ "Why renewable energy is a worse option than nuclear". Business Day Live. Retrieved 2015-07-27. 
  5. ^ "Darling Wind Farm" (PDF). Oelsner Group. June 2005. p. 2. Archived from the original (PDF) on 5 July 2010. Retrieved 21 April 2010.