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.
The wind farm comprises 66 Suzlon S88 (2.1MW) wind turbine generators (WTGs) and has an installed capacity of 138.6 MW.
It is situated approximately 7km east of Cookhouse in the Blue Crane Route Municipality in the Eastern Cape, and spans 2 600 hectares of pastoral land.
The wind farm owner leases the land. Only a small percentage of the land area is occupied by the wind farm, which enables farming activities (mainly sheep grazing) to continue within the wind farm area.
Cookhouse Wind Farm received Environmental Authorisation in May 2010.
Construction of the wind farm commenced in February 2013.
The wind farm first supplied electricity to the grid in March 2014 and Commercial Operation Date was achieved on 19 November 2014.
Suzlon Wind Energy South Africa was responsible for construction of the wind farm, and is currently responsible for operation & maintenance.
The wind farm is connected to Eskom’s Poseidon Transmission substation approximately 1.5km from the site.
It supplies approximately 341 000MWh/year of clean, renewable energy to the national grid, addressing the ongoing and increasing need for electricity in South Africa.
The wind farm produces enough green electricity to supply approximately 94 000 low-income, or 43 000 medium-income South African homes, and in so doing avoids approximately 384 000 tonnes of carbon emissions each year when compared to traditional fossil fuel power plants.
Cookhouse Wind Farm positively impacts the communities of Cookhouse, Somerset East, Bedford and Adelaide.