Noupoort Wind Farm in South Africa’s Northern Cape has released a short video showing how the wind farm has impacted the local community during the construction process. The 80 megawatt wind farm has been in construction since February 2015 and is due to commence commercial operation in July 2016.
At the peak of construction over 250 jobs were created for the local community. “The only thing that can help Noupoort become Noupoort again is job creation,” said Mr Puley, Acting Principal of Eureka Primary School in Noupoort (pictured left). “The wind farm has brought back something to the people of Noupoort and that’s that feeling of doing something for themselves again.”
During the construction period the wind farm has enhanced the Eureka library, replaced over forty roofs in the community, upgraded the crèche playground, and provided educational materials and bedding for the day-care centre.
Martina Flanagan, Construction Project Manager for Mainstream Renewable Power (pictured right) said: “I’m grateful to work on a project that is going to have genuine long-lasting impacts on the community.”
Livhuwani Nwachukwu (pictured left), Economic Development Manager said: “Although they’re small, they have a long-term impact in terms of stimulated learning and also just providing that holistic learning opportunity to a child.”