As a sailor it pains me to say this, but, Port Elizabeth is NOT the Windy City.
And who better to get that information from than the people who have a vested interest in the strength and consistency of the wind – the renewable energy experts relying on wind.
The average wind resource potential reported for South Africa is believed to be high. Locally derived atlases such as the WASA map shown below reveal the presence of high wind speeds along the coasts of the KwaZulu-Natal, Eastern Cape, Western Cape, and Northern Cape provinces.
The atlases are consistent in showing that the Eastern, Western and Northern Cape provinces are the most favourable locations for wind energy projects.
If you look at the map, the areas of highest consistent wind are shown in red and immediately the Cape Point and eastern sections of False Bay become apparent as they are almost exclusively red.
Moving eastwards along the coast the predominantly red area continues to Cape Aghullas and then is only shown on each of the Capes moving up to East London.
So, people, let’s finally put that ‘Windy City’ nickname to bed – Science and Money has spoken!
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