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England's World Cup match powered by wind farm

Posted by Cathy Debenham on 23 June 2010 at 9:20 am

Electricity from South Africa's first commercial wind turbine will be given to the Nelson Mandela Bay football stadium (where England play Slovenia tonight) for the World Cup.

Electrawinds, a Belgian company, has installed the first of an expected 24 Vestas V90, 1.8MW wind turbines in Port Elizabeth. It got the first up and running in a record 3 months, to ensure it was there for the World Cup.

This is Electrawind's first project outside Europe. The turbine will produce 5,700,000 kWh of renewable energy per year. They expect the stadium to gobble up around 475,000 kWh of electricity during the World Cup.

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