Noupoort Wind Farm
The Noupoort Wind Farm is a 80 MW project comprising of 35 Siemens SWT-2.3-108 turbines. The Department of Energy approved the project in Round 3 of the REIPPPP. It is situated on farmland close to the town of Noupoort in the Northern Cape province and is fully operational since 11 July 2016.
The wind project committed 1.5% of its total revenue towards socio-economic development and 0.6% to developing local enterprises. A community trust holds 5% of the shares in the project company.
Community benefit highlights
- Enoch Mthetho Maths and Science development program
- Entrepreneurship development program
- Take a girl child to work day
- Early Childhood Development
- Noupoort Sports Day
What is the community benefit money spend on?
Community development resources invested to date
The Noupoort Renewable Energy Community Trust owns 5% of the wind farm and came into existence through loans; 50% from the Development Bank of South Africa and 50% from Company’s Shareholders. The community development trust will, in the initial phase, pay back the loan before the benefits starts flowing into the community. The community trust will focus on Education, Health, Agricultural, Sports and cultural, and Social Welfare development.