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Wind Atlas for South Africa

WASA 3 Final Virtual Seminar 4 October 2021 : Programme with Presentations

Department of Energy Launches High Resolution Wind Resource Map (6 May 2019)

WASA 2 Final Seminar April 2019 : Programme with Presentations

WASA 2 Final Reports Dec 2018

WASA Phase 1 Book (9 MB)

One of SANEDI's Renewable Energy projects is the mapping of the wind resource in the country and creating the Wind Atlas for South Africa (WASA). The main objective of the project is to develop, verify and employ numerical wind atlas methods and to develop capacity to enable large scale of exploitation of wind energy in South Africa. This includes dedicated wind resource assessment and siting tools for planning purposes that can be used for feasibility studies in support of projects. The atlas will be freely available to all interested parties on the completion of the project.


Wind energy is a renewable energy source.

Wind energy is a pollution-free energy source

Wind energy is mostly used to generate electricity

Wind energy unlike some thought very economically competitive

Wind energy is one of the lowest-priced renewable energy sources

Wind energy has no fuel expenditures




WASA High Resolution Wind Resource Map: mean wind speed [ms-1] @ 100 m a.g.l. Dec 2020
(3.3 km WRF + 250 m WAsP modelling)
Environmental Benefits Energy consumption Energy usage
Wind power consumes no fuel,
and emits no air pollution,
unlike fossil fuel power sources.
Wind power available in
the atmosphere is much
greater than current world
energy consumption.
Energy consumed in manufacturing
a wind power plant is equal to the
new energy produced by the plant
within a few months of operation.

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