A capacity building workshop was held in George Municipality recently with the view of enhancing municipal understanding and benefits of renewable energy installations. This is part of the George Municipality’s participation in the national Earth Hour City Challenge 2015-2016 Secondary Municipalities edition.
The workshop was very well attended with much interest shown by a number of municipal departments, as well as representatives from the Eden District Municipality, neighbouring municipalities Bitou and Hessequa, and the private sector.
The workshop included a background on the South African electricity landscape, the Renewable Energy Independent Power Producers Procurement Programme (REI4P), and different renewable energy sources. Case studies on Riversdale and Drakenstein were also presented, which demonstrated each municipality’s renewable energy generation potential using distributed energy generation.
Participants were introduced to a tool and processes developed by Stellenbosch University, Centre for Renewable and Sustainable Energy Studies (CRSES) which assists entities to better understand the solar resource of their area. It calculates the implications that different installation options will have considering different tariff options.
The workshop will now be amplified with additional technical work on a financial assessment on the revenue impact of SSEG to the municipality.
In the photograph from left: Johan Moller, Planning Electro-Technical Services; George Municipality; Martin De Klerk, MTO Forestry; Jako Fourie, Element Consulting; Phumla Ngqumshe, HOD Engineering Services, Bitou Municipality ; Vernon Hall-Gibbs, Eden District Municipality; Kobus Wilken, Electro-Technical Services, George Municipality; Johan Dekker, MTO Forestry; Kevin Grunewald, Director Electro-Technical Services, George Municipality; Danie De Vries, BDE Raadgewende Ingeneurs: Louise Scholtz, Manager: Special Projects: Policy & Futures Unit, WWF SA; Martin Reimann, Manager, Step-Aside George Conference Centre; Justin Lesch, Hessequa Municipality; Luvuyo Matodlana, Engineering Assistant, Bitou Municipality
Front Middle - Executive Mayor for Hessequa, Alderlady Emor Nel; Karin Kritzinger, Senior Researcher, Centre for Renewable and Sustainable Energy Studies, Stellenbosch University; Irina Velasco, Project Manager:Earth Hour City Challenge, ICLEI and Elaine Fouchè, PHD Student
Last published 25 April 2016