City of Cape Town gets more international support for embedded generation, solar and energy utility sustainability plans

  • The City’s Mayoral Committee has approved the latest international technical assistance offered to the City for among others its net zero carbon, solar and energy sustainability plans.

The City has an established relationship with the Deutsche Gesellschaft fur Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) and is currently receiving support from the GIZ in the form of an Embedded Generation Advisor, as well as seconded project managers that support the implementation of projects funded through the C40 Climate Finance Facility (CFF). The C40 CFF projects are the Green Infrastructure and Improved Catchment Management project and the Paardevlei Solar Farm and Net Zero Carbon Municipal Buildings project.

The Energy Directorate has been engaging the German Development Bank (KfW) regarding technical assistance support to the City’s Power Utility Reform programme. In line with the City’s newly approved Energy Strategy, the desired outcome of the Power Utility Reform programme is to develop a transformation plan for the Utility to enable high quality and cost effective service delivery focusing on the City’s core mandates that will enable optimised and effective infrastructure investments, financial resilience, and procurement from a more diverse energy generation portfolio at optimised costs.
‘The City’s planned energy projects require a significant amount of resources including technical assistance and world class expertise that several of our international partners including the GIZ and KfW are generously availing. We welcome this fresh boost in technical assistance that is valued at over R4 million. It will not only go a long way in supporting our urgent energy programmes in line with our Energy Strategy but will also provide opportunities for knowledge exchange and international best practices that stand to benefit Cape Town.’
‘The latest technical assistance in principal agreements also comes on the heels of the World Bank technical support to the City through targeted technical assistance to a number of directorates including Energy, Future Planning and Resilience, and Water and Sanitation. We are overjoyed at the confidence that global partners have in the City as we move towards more diversified and sustainable resource management to enhance Cape Town’s resilience,’ said the City’s Mayoral Committee Member for Energy, Councillor Beverley Van Reenen.
Author: Bryan Groenendaal

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