South Africa’s first wind-farm to power Football World Cup14 June 2010

The wind turbines project from Belgian wind-farm provider Electrawinds is providing clean energy to the football world cup via South Africa's first ever wind-farm.

Electrawinds clean energy plant, which had carbon consultancy support from CO2logic (the European carbon consultancy) is providing power to the Nelson Mandela Bay Football Stadium, which is hosting the England and Germany group games, as well as a quarter finals.

The wind farm, based in Port Elizabeth, has been under construction since May and will eventually contain 25 Vestas V90 turbines, generating 45MW. The first of the 95 meter high turbines, generating 1.8MW, are already providing 5,700,000kWh annually – offsetting the emissions required to fly more than 68,700 fans from London to the World cup final in Johannesburg.

Tanguy du Monceau , managing partner, CO2logic, says: "We are proud to be able to support an initiative as empowering as the FIFA World cup, but ironically, the legacy of the Coega IDZ wind farm will perhaps be even greater.

"This is the first time clean wind technology has been brought to South Africa by the private sector, but our global expertise in accrediting projects under the UN Clean Development Mechanism means it will certainly not be the last."

Brian Tinham

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