Cookhouse Wind Farm is one of South Africa’s largest wind farms, situated on a high ridge to the east of the Great Fish River.
The communities of Adelaide, Bedford, Cookhouse and Somerset East in the Eastern Cape benefit from the wind farm’s socio-economic development programmes, which are designed to empower and strengthen these local communities.
Over 340 000 MWh of much-needed green energy is fed into South Africa’s national grid per year, making this one of the country’s largest wind farms, in terms of generating capacity.
Located 7km east of the town of Cookhouse in the Eastern Cape province, Cookhouse Wind Farm generates approximately 341 000 MWh of clean renewable energy every year.
The wind farm achieved commercial operation in November 2014. Sheep farming continues amongst the wind turbines, just as it did before their construction in 2013 – 2014.Fact sheet
Clean, renewable, electricity generated per year
66 Suzlon S88 Turbines standing 80m tall (hub height)
94 000 low-income (at a usage of 3 600 kWh/year), or 43 000 medium-income South African homes (at a usage of 7 800 KWh per year)
Cookhouse Wind Farm’s local economic development programmes are designed to be results driven and sustainable – thereby making a lasting difference in the beneficiary communities. Flagship programmes focus on two key areas of Education and Health.
The aim is to build capacity of social structure and change agents through the funding of various socio-economic development programmes that positively address identified local priorities and to empower communities to be economically independent and take ownership of their future.
2nd Floor, Fernwood House, The Oval, 1 Oakdale Road, Newlands, Cape Town, 7700
Cookhouse Wind Farm Local Community Office:
12 Main Road, Cookhouse, 5820