The City of Cape Town announced on Tuesday that it will pay cash and an incentive to businesses that feed their excess power into the grid, in order to reduce load shedding by four stages. The same will be extended to households generating their own energy later this year. The City had to apply to the National Treasury and the National Energy Regulator of SA for exemption from public procurement legislation and an approved feed-in tariff.
They have a budget of R15 million to pay small-scale embedded generators for the remainder of this financial year and are also working on a wheeling pilot project. The City has also begun a “Power Heroes” initiative to recruit users who volunteer to reduce their usage at critical times.
What can you do?
- Research the City of Cape Town’s policy requirements for cash payments for electricity generation.
- Explore the National Energy Regulator of SA’s approved feed-in tariff.
- Investigate the City’s Power Heroes initiative to reduce electricity usage at critical times.