Community Investment – Taiba N’Diaye & Noupoort
Delivering clean, reliable energy across Africa
At a local level where our projects are based, Lekela focuses strongly on initiatives to help create thriving, empowered communities. Here is a sample of some of those projects - our Noupoort project in South Africa and our Taiba N’Diaye project in Senegal.
Noupoort is committed to contributing to sustainable community growth through financial and non-financial community development initiatives. This is done by giving back a percentage of total revenue earned to the community; which is applied to Socio-Economic Development (SED) and Enterprise Development (ED). The project has also established a Community Trust.
Noupoort has implemented various economic development projects, which include an entrepreneurial skills development programme. The programme is intended to cater for both existing and new start-up businesses in the community, to assist existing and potential entrepreneurs to solidify their business ideas and improve their business skills to perform better.
Noupoort Wind Farm supports education within the local community of Noupoort and is particularly dedicated to improving literacy levels. As part of Noupoort Wind Farm’s social-economic development programme, R30 000’s worth of books were donated in 2016 to Eureka Primary School. This was the first time that the library had received new books since the school was founded almost fifty years ago.
“A school library is a fundamental resource for supporting students’ learning, a key support for teaching staff and is central to learning as well as being a place for encouraging innovation, curiosity, and problem solving,” said Livhuwani Nwachukwu, Economic Development Manager for Noupoort Wind Farm.
Almost eight hundred secondary learners in Noupoort have been learning about the significance of renewable energy through a school programme initiated by Noupoort Wind Farm. The programme, entitled ‘Young Minds, Clean Energy, Brighter Futures’, aims to increase awareness about renewable energy, in particular wind energy; to strengthen ties between the wind farm and the surrounding community; help students understand the construction process and how their specific community will benefit from having a wind farm on its doorstep, both during and after construction.
Taiba N’Diaye, Senegal’s first utility-scale wind farm, is committed to creating long-term value for the communities in which it operates, with an extensive social investment programme in Taiba N’Diaye already in place. The project is expected to contribute up to US$20m to the local community over the life of the wind farm.
The core focus of social investment programme is to create sustainable livelihoods for communities by improving agriculture and providing vocational training opportunities for youth. Initiatives to boost the local region’s mango economy and to increase IT resources in schools are already underway, with more programmes in the pipeline.
During the week of 28 May, Lekela made its final tranche of payments to members of the Taiba community, relating to the use of land for the 158MW Taiba N’Diaye wind farm. You can watch a video on the community payments below.