A proposal to install South Africa's first grid connected turbine is going through its final stages of planning. An Electrawind 180 kW machine is planned for Jeffreys Bay in a joint effort by Electrawind -- South Africa's first manufacturer of large wind turbines -- the local council and PE Technikon. South Africa has had little incentive to exploit its wind resource because of abundant coal and uranium reserves. Under the country's energy policy, wind was confined to small applications in remote areas. However, a study of the wind energy potential in South Africa revealed that wind could supply up to 2.5 million homes. The demonstration project at Jeffreys Bay will monitor the machine's performance and provide some clues about the economic viability of wind energy in South Africa.
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