Cape Town looking to incorporate PV solar into energy mix for residents

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The City of Cape Town plans to unlock access to the benefits of solar photovoltaic (PV) for more of Cape Town’s residents.

The City, which signed a letter of collaboration with the United States Agency for International Development and the Southern Africa Energy Program, is determined to build a more secure, cleaner and affordable energy future for its residents.

“We know that the technological solutions already exist to enable us to do this. This collaboration will bring us that much closer towards meeting our renewable energy targets by identifying solutions to the barriers that make it difficult for residents to access to clean and affordable electricity,” said the City’s Mayoral Committee Member for Informal Settlements, Water and Waste Services, and Energy, Councillor Xanthea Limberg.

According to the City of Cape Town, solar projects will become more economically viable only if adoption rates are scaled up, solid public-private partnerships are formed and clear regulatory frameworks are put in place.

“We have a number of initiatives underway to release Cape Town from its heavy reliance on state-owned Eskom. I am confident that the outcomes of this work will be hugely valuable in our committed drive to building a low carbon, resilient and resource-efficient city,” stated Limberg.