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Eskom thus supplementing their revenue streams. Municipalities will thus be able to harness energy from the wind, sun, methane and other sources. First out of the starting blocks Stellenboch Local Municipality in Cape Town has taken advantage of these amendments and recently tabled a report to the full Stellenbosch Council for approval to investigate the procurement and use of alternative energy sources as allowed by the amendments. The Council approved the implementation of the report and is now proceeding to look at alternatives available to the council. According to a statement by Stellenbosch Mayor, Gesie van Deventer, the joint investigation will focus on various potential sources of energy production, including rooftop solar panels, methane mining, allowing the public to generate electricity and sell this to the municipality, purchasing electricity directly from independent power producers and the possible selling of electricity to willing buyers from outside their municipal area. Van Deventer said that with blackouts and load shedding frequently sweeping across the country it has become imperative for municipalities to start investigating other energy sources and said that their decision puts Stellenbosch in the lead to potentially become the first municipality in the country to eliminate load shedding. “While there is still a long road ahead in the battle against load shedding, today’s decision marks the official start of a journey for Stellenbosch Local

“our Municipality is in the fortunate position of having some of the brightest minds in the energy sector right on our doorstep” Municipality that may culminate in energy independence and long-term energy sustainability. The adoption of this report by Council paves the way for an investigation into the need, viability and opportunities to be conducted.” “In addition to benefitting from years of sustained good governance, our Municipality is in the fortunate position of having some of the brightest minds in the energy sector right on our doorstep. “We will be able to make use of

brilliant internal research entities, experts at the University of Stellenbosch, the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) and the Western Cape Government as part of our joint investigation”. “This joint investigation will focus on various potential sources of energy production, including rooftop solar panels, methane mining, allowing the public to generate electricity and sell this to the municipality, purchasing electricity directly from registered IPPs, and the possible selling of electricity to willing buyers from outside our municipal area,” Hon. Gesie Van Deventer. Given these exciting developments in the energy sector, municipalities now have the opportunity to investigate creative and affordable ways of generating energy that will improve energy service delivery to their various communities.

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