Second Wind's Technology Gains Ground in South Africa's Expanding Wind Energy Market

By Second Wind, PRNE
Monday, January 17, 2011

Company partners with global data services provider WISE to bring advanced wind resource assessment to South African wind industry

SOMERVILLE, Massachusetts, January 18, 2011 - Just six months after entering the South African wind power market,
Second Wind ( has sold eight Triton sonic wind
profilers (
and partnered with WISE-Wind Information Sentinel
(, a global wind data services provider, to
support anticipated demand for Second Wind's leading-edge remote sensing

Second Wind delivered and installed its first Tritons in South Africa in
June 2010. Since then, the Boston-based company has taken orders for five
more Tritons, including several repeat orders from international wind
developer Windlab (, which has a development pipeline
of just over 2,000MW in South Africa. As remote sensing systems are often
deployed at faraway locations, a key performance standard is system
reliability. The South African Triton implementations have been highly
successful, with better than 99.7 percent uptime.

"Triton has taken off in South Africa very quickly, and we see that as an
indication of strong future demand," said Second Wind Vice President of Sales
Peter Gibson. "South Africa is an important emerging market. The government
has policy incentives in place and has announced its intention to build a
clean energy economy, so we see a lot of opportunity in the near and long

South Africa's wind resources are estimated by SAWEA (South African Wind
Energy Association) ( to exceed 30GW
( - SAWEA Response 12 May.pdf).
The country has a relatively modest 10MW of installed wind capacity today,
but the government has a target of generating 10,000 GWh of power from
renewable energy source by 2013 (700MW of which will come from wind). Several
of the world's leading wind turbine OEMs, project developers and service
providers have already established a presence in South Africa.

To support current and future customers, Second Wind has partnered with
WISE (Wind Information Sentinel), a Triton Certified Partner that also
provides support for Second Wind products in Australia and New Zealand. WISE
will provide certified local resources (including Cape Town-based
meteorological instrument supplier AfriWeather and leading wind consultant
Wind Prospect) to install, redeploy, and field service Tritons in South
. WISE and AfriWeather will also provide installation and maintenance
support services on a number of the Triton units being installed in South
in early 2011.

"Tritons are now an accepted part of the wind monitoring landscape in
Australia and New Zealand, in large part due to their reliability and
flexibility of implementation," said WISE CEO Ian Lloyd-Besson. "WISE is
looking forward to working closely with Second Wind in South Africa to
increase the use of this important development in wind monitoring technology
in the region."

Triton is an advanced remote sensing system that uses sodar (sound
detection and ranging) technology to measure wind at higher heights than the
previous tower-based standard. By measuring wind speeds at the turbine
rotor's hub height and beyond, up to 200 meters, Triton reduces uncertainty
in annual energy production (AEP) forecasts. Triton's ease of deployment also
streamlines the wind farm development process. Wind energy companies use
Triton to study wind conditions at proposed wind farm locations and for
operating wind farms.

About Second Wind

Second Wind develops wind measurement systems that make wind power pay
off for consumers, investors and the environment. The company's technology
provides wind farm developers with the bankable wind data they need to plan,
finance and operate highly efficient wind generation facilities. Second
Wind's systems are making wind farm development profitable in 50 countries on
seven continents. Second Wind's systems include Triton, the wind industry's
leading remote sensing system; Nomad 2 wind data logger systems; the ProMast
60, a 60-meter meteorological mast; and the SkyServe(R) web-based data
service. For more information about Boston-based Second Wind, please visit (

Jill Searl, Beaupre, +1-603-559-5824, jsearl at

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