Friday, October 17, 2014

City of Cape Town signs first embedded electricity generation contract

In a media release available at https://www.capetown.gov.za/en/MediaReleases/Pages/default.aspx the City of Cape Town announced that its Executive Mayor, Patricia de Lille, was to sign on 23 September 2014, the first agreement between the City of Cape Town and Black River Park to allow this customer to feed surplus electricity generated from renewable sources back into the municipal grid and to receive an offset for doing so.
Black River Park is a 74 000 m2 office park that uses large-scale solar power systems to generate environmentally sustainable energy to meet a portion of its own energy demand. The panels cover the equivalent of two full-sized rugby fields and generate between 20% and 30% of the complex’s electricity requirements. The electricity it saves over quiet weekends, when the electrical load is reduced, could be saved and fed back into the city’s grid in in exchange for an offset against the park’s monthly electricity accounts.

The City has set itself a target of sourcing 10% of its electricity from renewable energy sources by 2020, and the roll-out of the small-scale embedded generation tariff supports this goal. This agreement is in line with its commitment to creating a sustainable city that addresses the challenges facing our environment. Cape Town has been running a pilot project to find a solution which allows consumers to feed power back into the grid and to receive an offset doing so. The system and requirements to allow consumers to feed excess electricity back into the municipal grid have now been finalised.

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