In 1996, a private entrepreneur identified the opportunity to build a wind farm at Darling, 70km north of Cape Town. This was followed by a pre-feasibility study, wind measurements, environmental impact assessment as required by the Environmental Conservation Act of South Africa and the acquisition of land use rights.
In parallel, ground breaking negotiations were held with Eskom for the use of the national grid and the City of Cape Town for the purchase of all the electricity produced. The project, as first Independent Power Producer, has been supported throughout by the Department of Energy, which recognized its value and granted it the status of a "National Demonstration Project".
Being the first of its kind, the project received a grant from the Danish government as well as funding from State owned CEF (Pty) Ltd. – www.cefgroup.co.za