One of the city’s key initiatives is the installation of backup power systems in critical facilities such as hospitals, clinics, and emergency services. According to the city, over 80% of these facilities now have backup power systems in place, ensuring that vital services can continue to operate during power outages.
The city has also been installing solar panels on public buildings, including schools and community centers. These solar panels generate clean energy that can be used to power these facilities during loadshedding. In addition, the city has been retrofitting streetlights with energy-efficient LED bulbs, which use less energy and can help reduce the strain on the power grid during peak demand periods.
Cape Town’s efforts to protect its citizens from loadshedding have been well-received by residents, who have expressed appreciation for the city’s proactive approach. Many residents have also taken steps to protect themselves from the effects of loadshedding, such as investing in backup power systems for their homes and businesses.
Loadshedding is a common occurrence in South Africa, as the country’s power grid struggles to keep up with demand. During loadshedding, power is cut off to different areas of the country in rotation, in order to reduce the strain on the grid. This can have a significant impact on businesses and residents, who may be left without power for several hours at a time.
Cape Town’s loadshedding protection plans are part of a broader effort to make the city more resilient and sustainable in the face of climate change and other challenges. The city has set ambitious targets for reducing its carbon footprint and increasing its use of renewable energy, and has been working closely with residents and businesses to achieve these goals.