11 Mar 20 News Communities South Africa

High school students see opportunities of wind-powered future

Our schools roadshow got a thumbs-up from these two friends at Namaqualand High School in Springbok

These youngsters are 'liking' what they have learned about the transformative impact renewable energy is having on their local community, and South Africa as a whole.

More than 260 pupils in the Northern Cape got the lowdown on clean energy when the Kangnas Wind Farm School Roadshow rolled up at Namaqualand High School in Springbok.  

Our construction work at the nearby Kangnas Wind Farm is approaching completion

The interactive session not only showed how wind energy is harnessed, but also shed light on the new career opportunities that will arise as South Africa transitions towards renewable energy.

It inspired plenty of questions from students, many of whom were keen to visit the nearby 140 MW Kangnas Wind Farm when it enters operation later this year and see its wind turbines in action.

The education programme, which is focussed at high school learners, has been designed to spur interest in renewable energy career fields, raise awareness of the construction process, and set out how communities will benefit from having a wind farm as a neighbour.

  • Kangnas Wind Farm is currently being constructed by Mainstream for our Africa joint venture, Lekela Power. When operational later this year, it will have the capacity to generate around 563,500 MWh of clean renewable energy per year, powering up to 120,000 South African homes. It will also eliminate approximately 550,000 tonnes of carbon emissions each year when compared to traditional fossil fuel power plants.