Energy Manufacturing in the renewable energy sector is taking off in Atlantis.
he energy landscape of the Western Cape is undergoing rapid change. Mostly this is because the potential of renewable energy is being realised, but if a gas-to-energy plant becomes a reality in the province, then another big shift could take place. The Western Cape already hosts the country’s only nuclear power station (Koeberg, north of Cape Town) and it has a pumped water storage plant and three open-cycle gas turbines. The West Coast was the site of two of the country’s first experimental wind farms. Successful trials there and elsewhere (and critical power shortages in the national grid) led to the adoption by national government of a scheme to invite private producers to bid for the right to build plants that would produce wind, solar or hydropower. This is the Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer Procurement Programme (REIPPPP) and the first bids closed in December 2011. By the time the fourth bid closed in 2015, the Western Cape had been allocated 11 projects, six wind and five photo-voltaic solar power. The total capacity of these projects totalled 592MW. Among the foreign companies to engage in renewable energy projects in the province are Gamesa and Acciona, Gestamp Renewables, Vestas, Sunpower and JinkoSolar. The Provincial Government of the Western Cape is prioritising energy in its plans, and this includes generation (gas, biogas and renewables), distribution and energy-saving. WESTERN CAPE BUSINESS 2017
SECTOR INSIGHT Progress reports on energy plans are presented to the Premier every six weeks. • There are 2 000 private energy providers in Cape Town. A wide range of experts drew up the provincial energy plan, the key points of the energy plan include: efficiency in the system; get the uptake of renewable energy to move faster; and move to gas. With every project within that plan, a detailed timetable has been worked out and reports are sent to the Premier’s office every six weeks. Western Cape Minister of Economic Opportunities Alan Winde notes that the Department of Agriculture, simply by carefully recording its usage