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.
Part of Round 1 of the South African Government’s Renewable Energy Independent Power Producers Procurement Programme (REIPPPP), Cookhouse Wind Farm was the first wind farm to connect to Eskom’s transmission network, linking directly to the pre-existing Poseidon substation located next to the site.
Currently the largest wind farm in South Africa in terms of generating capacity, the Cookhouse Wind Farm comprises 66 S88 Suzlon wind turbines situated on a high ridge to the east of the Great Fish River.
The wind farm, which will operate for 20 years, is jointly owned by Renewables Cookhouse Wind Farm 1 (RF) (Pty) Ltd and the local community, which has 25% ownership through the Cookhouse Wind Farm Community Trust. This is an ownership level five times greater than the local community ownership target set by government.
Renewable Cookhouse Wind Farm 1 (RF) Pty Ltd is owned by Old Mutual, various funds managed by African Infrastructure Investment Managers (AIIM) and the Local Community Trust.
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)
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