Darling Wind Farm
|Darling Wind Farm|
Darling Wind Farm, Western Cape, South Africa
|Location||13 km north west of Darling, Western Cape|
|Owner(s)||Darling Wind Power|
|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. 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 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.
The Turbines were built by Fuhrländer AG Germany. (http://www.darlingwindfarm.co.za/projectfactsheet.htm)
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