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CAPE TOWN - Eskom sets the record straight on the alleged 'broken and falling' turbine depicted on social media. 

This follows social media's depiction of the decommissioning of one of three wind turbines at the Klipheuwel demonstration plant near Cape Town. 

According to Eskom, this is an acceptable method that can be employed for the disposal of a wind turbine structure that has reached the end of its economic life-cycle.   

The turbine under speculation is one of three three installed at the demonstration plant by Eskom in 2002 to conduct research into the potential of wind energy generation. 

It was also installed to to evaluate the different wind-based technologies and their economic viability.

In July last year, Eskom announced that one of the three turbines earmarked for decommissioning, would be used for practical training at the South African Renewable Technology Centre (SARETEC), a renewables training facility in South Africa. 

Notably, the two remaining turbines were disposed of in Eskom's commercial processes.  Eskom asserts their commitment to reducing their carbon footprint and have since embarked on large-scale renewable energy projects. 

The Sere Wind Farm, brought into operation in 2015 is one of the renewable energy projects and the largest in the country.  This project adds 100 MW to the national power grid and will contribute to saving nearly 6-million tons of greenhouse gas emissions over its 20 years of expected lifespan.


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