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Jeffreys Bay wind farm powers up

Author: Charlotte Matthews

Over the past year, travellers on the N2 passing the turnoff to the surfing paradise of Jeffreys Bay have noticed the appearance of 60 space-age wind turbines towering above the landscape.

Social media reaction to the turbines, covering 3,700 hectares, has mostly been “enormously positive”, says Mark Pickering, GM of Jeffreys Bay Wind Farm.

Mikael Karlsson, CEO of the farm’s developer, Globeleq, asks: “What would you rather have: wind turbines or the plume of smoke from a coal-fired power station?”

Whatever one might think of the visual impact, the benefits of the wind farm, the biggest in Africa, are wide-reaching.

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