As South Africans are weary of paying lousy and outrageous electricity bills with little or no lights, some municipalities have devised alternative means whereby people will enjoy electricity and as well pay far lesser bills and the city of Cape town seems to have taken the lead in that.
The City of Cape Town now wants to become less reliant on Eskom for its energy needs and therefore has set its sights on sourcing between 10 and 20 percent of its energy needs from renewable sources by 2020.
Cape Town’s mayor Patricia de Lille was quoted as saying that the City of Cape Town has “taken strategic decision to re-look at our approach to energy and the very business model underpinning our electricity department,” Cape Town.
The mayor went further to say that work has already started on some of the projects aimed at creating new model for energy-generation and distribution. He added that the city aims at becoming an “energy creator”.
With this, the city has joined hands with the government to pursue the dream of building its own energy plants, buying electricity directly from independent power producers and bringing natural gas to the province.
The city also plans to install more than 45 000 solar water heater on the roofs of Cape Town homes. This new invention is seen as one of the most effective ways of cutting a household’s carbon footprint by reducing reliance on dirty fossil fuel usage.
The Solar water heaters uses energy from the sun to generate heat (not electricity) which can then be used to heat water for showering, space heating, industrial processes or even solar cooling.
The mayor also added that the city has signed small-scale embedded electricity-generation deals with industrial customers who are able to feed electricity into the city’s power grid.
Meanwhile, as part of supporting world’s Earth Hour campaign‚ Eskom commends south Africans for saving an average of 515MW. Eskom said this on Sunday after measuring the reduction in electricity used during the hour against typical consumption for this time on an average Saturday evening.
It however urged South Africans to reduce their energy consumption every day by using electricity efficiently and switching off all “nonessential lights and household appliances”
“Commercial customers‚ particularly shopping centers and office blocks‚ can also make a big difference by switching off nonessential lights and not leaving office equipment such as photocopiers and computers in standby mode after hours,” Eskom said.