The Jeffreys Bay Wind Farm project conducted a comprehensive Environment Impact Assessment in 2010, which included public consultation. In 2011, the project received full Environmental Authorisation from the Department of Environmental Affairs.
The project owners are preparing registration of the project as a Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) project under the Kyoto Protocol.
In answer to the concern that wind turbines kill birds, studies show that birds are seldom bothered by wind turbines and in fact, the number of birds killed by wind turbines is negligible compared to the number that die as a result of other human activities.
Studies from the western part of Denmark, show that birds – by day and night – tend to change their flight route some 100 – 200 metres before the turbine and pass above the turbine at a safe distance.
Bird studies formed an integral part of the Environment Impact study. A 12 month pre-construction study was done, and another 12 month post-construction study will be done to assess impact.