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.

Since the inception of the project, the Jeffreys Bay Wind farm has invested in and developed schools, libraries, medical centers and scholarships focused on renewable energy sector. Most recently they have supported and facilitated food distribution programs during the COVID19 crisis. 

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