Cape City Launches $66 Million Photo voltaic PV Mission With Assist From C40 & GIZ


South Africa is within the midst of its worst ever electrical energy rationing program as a consequence of depressed technology capability ensuing from a number of elements, together with frequent breakdowns at its growing older coal energy vegetation. This electrical energy rationing is costing the nation lots of of tens of millions of {dollars} per yr. The Metropolis of Cape City is working to scale back the affect of electrical energy rationing within the metropolis within the close to future, and in the end, to eradicate all of it collectively. The Metropolis is busy implementing a number of initiatives to realize this. On the sixth of April, the Metropolis issued its largest energy tender but, looking for to purchase 500 MW of dispatchable power on the open market. That is the ultimate section of a three-phase procurement to guard residents from the primary 4 phases of Eskom’s load-shedding inside three years.

The Metropolis can be planning to award contracts for a 200 MW renewable power procurement from Unbiased Energy Producers this yr as properly. The Energy Heroes Programme tender is anticipated to be awarded inside the subsequent few weeks, which is able to entail incentivized voluntary power financial savings through automated distant switching off of power-intensive units at peak instances.

Cape City is the primary metropolis within the nation to supply households and companies money for energy from their photo voltaic PV programs, with the feed-in tariff set to extend by 10.15% for 2023/24, plus a 25c per kWh incentive.

In one other attention-grabbing growth, Cape City Mayor Geordin Hill-Lewis has introduced that the Metropolis will design, construct, and function a R1.2 billion ($66 million) photo voltaic PV plant with battery storage able to offering as much as a full stage of load-shedding safety. That is one in all two initiatives awarded assist from the C40 Cities Finance Facility (CFF), which affords cities technical and monetary help in assist of a inexperienced and simply transition.

The C40 Cities Finance Facility (CFF) facilitates entry to finance for local weather change mitigation and resilience initiatives in cities. The CFF can be a UNFCCC award-winning mission preparation facility and it focuses on three parts: getting ready local weather related infrastructure initiatives for monetary readiness, linking initiatives to finance, and replicating and upscaling initiatives, confirmed approaches, and devices. The CFF focuses on the sectors of mobility, renewable power, waste administration, and nature-based options, offering advantages together with employment alternatives, bettering residents’ well being, and social fairness. The CFF initiative is funded by the German Federal Ministry for Financial Cooperation and Growth, the Authorities of the UK, and the Agence Française de Growth (AFD), and is carried out by Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH along with the C40 Cities Local weather Management Group.

From left to proper: Henri-Pierre Gebauer, Lead Metropolis Operations CFF; Cathy Cherubo C40; Mayor Geordin Hill-Lewis, German Consul Normal Ms Tanje Werheit, Deputy Mayor Eddie Andrews, and Thomas Schaef, GIZ Nation Director.

“It offers me nice pleasure to announce that the Metropolis’s Paardevlei floor mounted photo voltaic PV and battery storage mission simply outdoors Somerset West will yield as much as 60MW of renewable power — sufficient to guard in opposition to one full stage of Eskom’s load-shedding. The C40 CFF will assist the mission staff of their efforts to undertake a technical feasibility examine. This mission is one other crucial step in our journey away from Eskom reliance and in direction of a load-shedding-free Cape City. We’re assured that Cape City would be the first metro to free our financial system from energy disruptions, and guarantee a inexperienced and simply power transition,” stated Mayor Geordin Hill-Lewis.

The feasibility examine for the Paardevlei plant will probably be full by the top of 2023, with full commissioning of the plant estimated by August 2026. The plant is envisaged for the portion of Paardevlei that’s not developable for human settlements functions.

Thomas Schaef, Nation Director GIZ South Africa, Lesotho and eSwatini, stated, ‘The cooperation settlement between the Metropolis of Cape City and the C40 Cities Local weather Facility reveals the significance of worldwide cooperation to generate actions that profit the inhabitants. The power and local weather initiatives supported by C40 CFF is not going to solely enhance power safety and dwelling circumstances, however will even contribute to the South African authorities’s dedication to develop into carbon impartial and resilient.”

“By way of the CFF program, carried out by the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH and C40 Cities Local weather Management Group, the capability of cities to entry financing for local weather change initiatives are strengthened.”

Mayor Hill-Lewis additionally lately tabled the Metropolis’s Constructing Hope Finances for 23/24, with a R2.3bn plan to finish load-shedding over three years, inclusive of funding in direction of the Paardevlei photo voltaic PV plant.

 

Picture courtesy of the Metropolis of Cape City

 


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