Hopefield Wind Farm
Located 125km north of Cape Town on the R45 in the Saldanha Bay Municipality in the Western Cape province, Umoya Energy Wind Farm generates approximately 176 600 MWh of clean renewable energy every year.
The wind farm began supplying electricity to the grid in late 2013 and achieved commercial operation date (COD) on 1 February 2014, just over one year after construction started. It was the first commercial wind farm in the country to reach this milestone.
Part of Round 1 of the South African Government’s Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer Procurement Programme (REIPPPP), Umoya Energy Wind Farm connects to Eskom’s Kerschbosch switching station located at the wind farm.
Umoya Energy Wind Farm comprises 37 Vestas V100 1.8MW wind turbines which stand 95m at hub height. The wind farm spans about 900 hectares but only occupies a small percentage of the land area.