About Jeffrey's Bay Wind Farm

One of the largest wind farms in South Africa is 60 turbines spanning 3 700 hectares of farm land between Jeffrey's Bay and Humansdorp. It produces enough clean, renewable energy to power over 115 000 average households.

Did you know? The N2 runs right through the wind farm, making it a great conversation piece and generating a great deal of interest in the wind farm. So much so, that there are plans to develop a visitors' centre at the site.

Each turbine is gigantic, standing 80 metres tall with blades that are 49 metres long. Whilst this might sound relatively benign, what this entailed in transport was rather phenomenal. The trucks were 60 metres long and no fewer than 480 loads travelled between the Port of Ngqura (a deepwater port 20 km northeast of Port Elizabeth) and the wind farm near Humansdorp, between July 2013 and January 2014.

The 138 MW wind farm is part of South Africa's renewable energy programme and is one of Africa's biggest wind farms, larger even than Ethiopia's 120 MW Ashegoda wind farm. Only Tarfaya wind farm, in Morocco, is larger, set to generate as much as 300 MW of electricity.

The turbines are visible on the N2 after passing the turnoff to Jeffrey's Bay. Not only do they represent clean, green energy but the wind farm also represents income for the local community.

Of the people working on the site to erect the turbines, 520 were drawn from the local community and the project will reinvest 6% of its operational revenues into the local community to create the skills to help support the renewable energy industry in the country, sustaining 98 permanent jobs in the future.

There are many benefits to wind energy, including cutting carbon emissions, preventing load-shedding, creating jobs and training people. The Council for Scientific and Industrial Research produced a report revealing that wind energy produced a net savings of R1.8 billion in the first half of 2015 (they calculated cost savings created by wind energy that replaced fossil fuel-generated power, plus the savings made by avoiding load-shedding and diminishing emissions).

A wind farm typically generates electricity 80% of the time. In Europe to get a capacity of 20% to 30% is regarded as really good. Projects in South Africa are doing even better. The Jeffrey's Bay wind farm runs just under 40%. Some of the other wind farms around the country are in the mid 40s.

Wind energy production is now 25% cheaper than coal in South Africa.

Need to Know

WhereJeffrey's Bay Wind Farm, Jeffreys Bay, Sunshine Coast, Eastern Cape, South Africa

WhenBest during daylight hours.

Telephone+27 (0)860 333-384

OvernightStay in Jeffreys Bay Accommodation, Eastern Cape


Please note, business details can change. While we endeavour to ensure all information provided by the service provider is correct at the time of publication, we do not assume any liability caused by errors or changes, such as price, cost, time, and location. Please check with the provider that the activity/business is still offered as described, before making any travel plans.


If this is your attraction, you can let us know if anything on this page is outdated or contains inaccuracies, by email. We regret, we do not have any other information, please contact the provider if you have questions.

In the vicinity

Hotels & other accommodation options in Jeffreys Bay

Things to do in the area

Accommodation convenient to Jeffrey's Bay Wind Farm

FIND / South Africa Accommodation / Eastern Cape Accommodation / Sunshine Coast Accommodation / Jeffreys Bay Accommodation

Jeffreys Bay as a destination

Want to stay overnight?


When would you like to stay?
Choose dates

Number of Guests

Why book with SA-Venues.com
  • Your card is safe with us; strictest card verification in the industry and we don't store card numbers.
  • No airy fairy service fees; you save!
  • We care. Service with integrity.
  • Multiple payment methods:
    credit card, SID instant EFT, bank transfer.
  • All Jeffreys Bay property owners / managers are verified (our experience protects you from online fraud).
  • Secure your booking
Our Payment Protection Guarantee only applies if your deposit payment is made via SA-Venues.com
South Africa. Explore. Experience. Stay

SA-Venues.com® has been assisting travellers with their South Africa travel plans since 1999, and is the largest, independent online travel guide for South Africa available in both English and German.

Never miss a deal

Subscribe for the latest special offers and travel inspiration.

And, we'll send you a R200 voucher to use on your next booking.