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    Gouda Wind Farm

    A 138-MW wind farm, with forty-six AW100/3000 turbines

     

    Gouda is the first wind farm installed by ACCIONA Energía in South Africa. Grid connected in 2015, it has forty-six 3-MW (unit capacity) turbines of ACCIONA Windpower technology mounted on concrete towers with a hub height of 100 meters. Located in Drakenstein, 100 kilometers north-west of Cape Town, it can produce enough power every year to cover the demand from around 200,000 South African homes.

    GENERAL INFORMATION

    Location
    Drakenstein, Western Cape. South Africa.
    Capacity
    138 MW.
    Wind turbine
    ACCIONA Windpower AW100/3000.
    Tower
    Concrete, 100-meter hub height.
    Start-up
    2015.
    Owners
    ACCIONA Energía (54.9%); Royal bafokeng Holdings (25.1%); Soul City (10%); Gouda Wind Energy Community Trust (10%).

    Key Points

    • First ACCIONA Energy wind farm in South Africa
    • Estimated annual production: 423 GWh
    • Clean energy equivalent to the consumption of around 200,000 homes
    • 406 thousand tons of CO2 emissions from coal-fired power stations avoided per year
    • Concrete tower with sections manufactured close to the site
    • Average of 400 jobs (with peaks of up to 800) created during the construction phase

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