West Coast One is a 94 MW wind farm located 130 km north of Capetown, in the Western Cape of the South Africa.
The site was approved in 2012 as part of the Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer Procurement (REIPPP) program.
The project was conceived in 2007 in financial partnership with Investec, an international asset management corporation. 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, Tiso Resources Pty. Ltd.
Along with identifying the site using WindScape, Windlab was responsible for implementing the wind monitoring strategy and undertaking modelling of the wind resource at the site.
Project construction began in 2013. Commercial operations began in June, 2015. The project is operated by Aurora Wind Power, a venture of ENGIE.
Project construction created 600 jobs, 450 of them local. Equity is divided between ENGIE, Investec, and KTH, with 2.5% held by a Community Trust. This trust is intended for the support and development of the local community.