Cookhouse Wind Farm is one of South Africa’s largest wind farms, with 66 Suzlon S88 wind turbines situated on a high ridge to the east of the Great Fish River.

It not only supplies South Africa with 341 000 MWh of much-needed green energy per year, it also benefits the local communities of Adelaide, Bedford, Cookhouse and Somerset East in the Eastern Cape through its many socio-economic development programmes.

Wind farm

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. The commercial operation date was 19 November 2014, although commercial operation was earlier. Sheep farming continues amongst the wind turbines, just as it did before their construction in 2013 – 2014.

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Fact sheet

Energy Generated

Clean, renewable, electricity generated per year

341 000

66 Wind Turbines

66 Suzlon S88 Turbines standing 80m tall (hub height)

94 000

Homes powered

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)


Empowering and strengthening the local communities through capacity building, skills transfer and funding of various community development programmes in and around Adelaide, Bedford, Cookhouse and Somerset East in the Eastern Cape, one of South Africa’s poorest provinces.

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.

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Cookhouse Wind Farm’s education development programmes include funding of: Early Childhood Development (ECD)... Read more


Since 2014 Cookhouse Wind has provided funding to: ACVV Somerset East – Somerset... Read more



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National Enquiries

+27 21 670 1400 (main switchboard)

2nd Floor, Fernwood House, The Oval, 1 Oakdale Road, Newlands, Cape Town, 7700
P O Box 23101, Claremont, 7735
Tel: +27 21 670 1400 (main switchboard)

Cookhouse Wind Farm Local Community Office:
12 Main Road, Cookhouse, 5820
Tel: +27 42 247 2961

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