A multi-million-rand community-based wind farm has finally been launched in the Kouga region of the Eastern Cape.

The Kouga Wind Farm community development trust will spend R300 million over a five-year period, focusing on areas like Umzamowethu, Sea Vista, KwaNomzamo and Kruisfontein.

Beneficiaries will be equipped with skills needed in the energy sector, and also have a 26% investment stake in the funding from the Industrial Development Corporation.

The Coega Community Trust’s Dr Tlale Nathane says community involvement is crucial and the renewable energy sector is playing a vital role in job creation.

“It’s important for the board of trustees to establish community development trust to actually bring development, ” says Nathane.

Nathane says it is important to ensure sustainable development.

“You talk about development that is sustainable, development that is based on the needs of the people,” adds Nathane.

SABC News Reporter Zolani Moya on multi-million-rand community-based wind farm launched in the Kouga region: