The number of Western Cape municipalities allowing for the Small-Scale Embedded Generation (SSEG) of electricity has jumped from 2 in 2015 to 23 as of September 2019, with 19 municipalities having NERSA-approved feed-in tariffs. This was revealed yesterday in the Standing Committee on Finance, Economic Opportunities and Tourism.
Furthermore, the Western Cape is well on track to meeting its target of 135 megawatts (MW) of SSEG by the end of the 2019/20 financial year, having already exceeded the 2018/19 target of 105MW by achieving 112MW of SSEG.
Deidré Baartman, MPP says: “I am glad to see that the Western Cape is making swift progress in severing its dependency on Eskom as South Africa’s leader in renewable energy generation. This will provide much needed energy security in our province to sustain and grow our provincial economy which is the fastest growing in the country.”
MPP Baartman adds: “I want to commend the DA-led Western Cape government on this sterling achievement. As part of our commitment to the Paris Agreement to which South Africa is signatory, the Western Cape is well on its way to cutting carbon emissions and shifting to green and renewable energy alternatives.”
The DA in the Western Cape remains committed to investing in green energy alternatives to provide energy security and independence to create a thriving provincial economy.