Wind is one of the most abundant sources of energy on earth. Advantages of wind power include that it provides a clean and sustainable form of energy, it’s freely available, and most importantly, it will never run out.
For thousands of years, humans have harnessed the power of wind to generate electricity, but it’s only in recent years that it has emerged as a potential alternative to traditional forms of energy generation.
And finding an alternate form of energy production is becoming increasingly critical. Fossil fuels are not only contributing to the ever-worsening climate crisis, but they’re also going to run out: These fuels, of which coal is the most commonly used, are finite in quantity, and once they have been expended, it won’t be possible to regenerate them. Wind, on the other hand, will be available for millennia to come.
Wind energy diversifies the national energy grid
75% of South Africa’s electricity is produced at coal-fired power plants that are run by Eskom, and about 5% from nuclear. Over recent years, it’s become patently clear that Eskom isn’t able to keep up with the demand for electricity – a fact that has resulted in rolling black outs, price hikes and nationwide campaigns to limit electricity usage wherever possible.
As Eskom struggles to deal with the growing demand for electricity in South Africa, renewable energy companies have stepped up to help diversify the country’s energy supply. By introducing alternate forms of energy such as wind farms to the South African electricity grid, renewable energy companies will help to relieve the burden placed on Eskom, while also providing a cheaper, cleaner and more sustainable form of energy to the South African public.
Thanks to a favourable climate and abundance of suitable land, wind energy presents one of the most viable forms of generating energy in South Africa. Moreover, it’s the fastest-growing form of renewable energy on the planet. Over 3% of the world’s energy is being generated by wind sources, with more than 400,000 megawatts (MW) being produced from wind in various parts of the world. This means that other nations have “tried and tested” wind energy generation and found it to be highly successful. All we need to do is follow in their footsteps.