Global Wind Service’s (GWS) first contract in South Africa was on the Sere Wind Farm owned by Eskom, the South African state-owned electricity group. Sere is a 100MW development on the 3,700 ha site near Vredendal in the Western Cape, approximately 300km north of Cape Town.
GWS trained local technicians to work alongside their own teams on the project, which comprised 46 Siemens 2.3MW turbines with a hub height of 115m and a rotor diameter of 108m.
Construction started in the second half of 2013 and was scheduled to supply electricity to the grid by the first half of 2014. The Sere wind farm takes its name from the Nama word meaning cool breeze.
With wind capacity in South Africa estimated to be well over 10,000 MW, the Western Cape is a region with an attractive wind resource. It is hoped the wind farm will be a catalyst for the development of renewable energy in South Africa and throughout the rest of the continent. The project will also conserve scarce water resources as it uses little or no water in the production of clean electricity.