So. Africa: Jeffreys Bay Wind Farm impacts communities in Jeffreys Bay



 Country: South Africa

Project name: Jeffreys Bay Wind Farm


Capacity: 138 MW

Companies involved: Operations & management: Globeleq, Siemens.
Construction: Murray and Roberts Construction, Consolidated Power Projects.
Wind turbine supplier: Siemens.
Investors: Globeleq, Old Mutual Life Assurance Co., Thebe Investment Co., Mainstream Renewable Power, Amandla Omoya Trust, Enzani Technologies, Usizo Engineering

Positive Steps:

The environmental impact assessment for Jeffreys Bay wind farm included stakeholder consultation as a prerequisite before operations. The consultation emphasised community involvement and included information meetings and open communication. Complaints from the community were assessed by the planning and environmental authorities. Various socio-economic development programmes were set up. Locals were employed to operate and maintain the wind farm. 6% of the wind farm is owned by community Amandla Omoya Trust which will use 80% of its social development budget for educational projects in low-income Port Elizabeth.

Clean Development Mechanism: The project owners are preparing registration of the project as a Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) project under the Kyoto Protocol.