Public hearings on a new wind farm planned for Port Elizabeth were underway in the city on Friday, the National Energy Regulator of SA (Nersa) says.
The hearings are to test opinion on the building of a wind farm
at Blue Horizon Bay, west of Port Elizabeth.
“Wind has been identified as an important way to generate clean
electricity, especially in a windy area such as this,” Nersa said in a
If the project goes ahead, the nine turbines will have a combined
capacity of 27 megawatts and generate 80,000 megawatt hours a year for 20
With another wind farm being built on the other side of Port
Elizabeth, the project is set to provide much of the city’s power, and also feed
power into the national grid.
Nersa said the value of the electricity generated at Blue Horizon
Bay would be R92 million a year.
Despite the potential benefits, some Port Elizabeth residents
were opposed to the development on aesthetic grounds, it said.