South Africa is creating one of the world's most progressive alternative energy plans

The Cookhouse wind farm in the Eastern Cape of the country is the biggest in Africa. Built in 11 months, it has 66 turbines generating 138MW of clean power. Photograph: Jeffrey Barbee

The howling wind drives the turbines, their blades bent back from the force as they spin in the evening light and send electricity to local villages in South Africa’s Eastern Cape.

High up on the top of the turbine, local resident Lungela Vongu, dressed in a safety harness and hard hat leans far out over the 100 meter drop to check that the wind speed detector is working properly. “This wind farm is bringing a lot more jobs into this community for the people, without it there is no future here,” he says.

The Cookhouse wind farm is the biggest wind system built in Africa, with 66 turbines generating 138MW of clean power. It started feeding the grid at the end of 2014 and it is far from unique.

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