West Coast One is a 94MW operating wind farm located 130 km north of Cape Town, in the Western Cape of South Africa. The site was approved in 2012 as part of the Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer Procurement (REIPPP) programme.
Conceived in 2007 in financial partnership with Investec, the project was sold to Investec Bank along with a portfolio of 14 projects in South Africa, later to be taken up by ENGIE (formerly GDF SUEZ, France), Investec Bank Limited and Tiso Resources Pty. Ltd.
Along with identifying the site using industry-leading technology, Seriti Green was responsible for implementing the wind monitoring strategy and undertaking modelling of the wind resource at the site.
Project construction began in 2013 with commercial operations starting in June 2015. The project is operated by Aurora Wind Power, a venture of ENGIE.
The construction of the West Coast One project created 600 jobs, 450 of them local. Equity is divided between ENGIE, Investec, and KTH, with 2.5% held by a Community Trust for the support and development of the local community.