Funding green lights wind power plant for South Africa
26 November 2009
A financial boost from the Clean Technology Fund will be used in part to build a wind power farm in the western cape of South Africa.
The investment plan, which is set to see $500 million (£302 million) given to the country in order to help improve its energy efficiency and move towards low-carbon goals, includes plans for Eskom's 100MW wind energy site.
This will be the first utility-scale facility in the region and help South Africa reach its target of generating four per cent of all electricity from renewable sources by 2013.
Proposals for the funding were originally drawn up earlier in November, but Engineering News Online reports that work is now underway to ensure the release of the money promptly.
At the time, chief director of the South African department of environmental affairs and tourism and co-chair of the CTF Zaheer Fakir said: "We look forward to new clean development approaches and technologies, which South Africa will help bring to the forefront."