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A shopping mall in Cedarberg will be powered by a Tesla battery.

Sustainability Energy Markets within the Energy Directorate. Another area of focus for this group is to investigate energy use by low-income households. The Western Cape is lobbying hard for the National Department of Energy to allow Saldanha Bay to be a site for a gas-to-power plant. The site has existing bulk power consumers like ArcelorMittal Steel. If a gas plant is built at Saldanha, then it could be a catalyst for the use of gas in many other sectors such as manufacturing and residential. The Cape Peninsula University of Technology’s Energy Institute is a leader in research in the field of electricity, and is also responsible for a regional publication relating to domestic use, DUE. The South African Renewable Technology Centre (SARETEC) on the Bellville campus of CPUT offers courses such as Wind Turbine Service Technician and Solar Photovoltaic Service Technician and various short courses such as Bolting Joint Technology. The Centre for Renewable and Sustainable Energy Studies is at the University of Stellenbosch and the University of Cape Town has the Energy Research Centre. The University of the Western Cape is doing research on the possibilities of hydrogen as an energy source.

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Construction was due to begin in 2018 on Perdekraal East Wind Farm in the Witzenberg

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Local Municipality. Located on 3 055ha, the facility’s 48 turbines will produce 110MW and make it the biggest wind farm in the Western Cape. Investors include Mainstream Renewable Power, African Rainbow Energy and Power (AREP), Lekela Power and HI Holdings. George Municipality will reduce the electricity consumption of its streetlights by 50% by fitting Light Emitting Diode (LED) streetlights. The twoyear project has received grant funding from the Department of Energy (DoE) and will be carried out by the municipality with Clinkscales Maughan-Brown Consulting Engineers. A shopping mall has been made possible in a rural town because of innovative battery technology. Sola Future Energy is installing a 696kWh Tesla battery that will store energy from 2 580 solar panels which in turn will make it possible to run the Cedar Mill Mall in Cedarberg. The lithium-ion battery costs as much (R8-million) as the solar panels but developer Noble Property Fund believes that the development would not have been possible without the technology. Sola Future Energy also installed a micro-grid system on Robben Island, which previously relied heavily on a diesel generator. Enel Green Power has ordered the biggest wind turbines to be used in South Africa so far from Vestas Turbines. The hubs of the turbines to be placed at Soetwater and Karusa will be 82 metres above the ground.

Western Cape Business 2019  

A unique guide to business, investment and tourism in the Western Cape. The 2019 edition of Western Cape Business is the 12th issue of this...

Western Cape Business 2019  

A unique guide to business, investment and tourism in the Western Cape. The 2019 edition of Western Cape Business is the 12th issue of this...

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