Executive Mayor of Cape Town, Patricia De Lille, flew to San Fransisco in America to sign this agreement, taking the pledge to commit local government to ensuring that climate action is used to reduce poverty, boost economic growth, improve living conditions and achieve more development.
“Today, I visited Epping where a Cape Town-based company, SustainPower, is manufacturing containerised generators that convert biogas and landfill gas into electricity for heating or cooling,” De Lille said on Thursday. “The company’s CEO, Tobias Hobbach, was a participant in the City’s funded masterclass and pre-incubation workshop series in 2017. The City supports the South Africa Renewable Energy Business Incubator (Sarebi) to run these programmes in order to encourage local entrepreneurs to innovate and create jobs in the industry.”
SustainPower was in a very early conceptualization stage of their business when the City provided support through Sarebi, which assists businesses with operational support. These include accounting services, human resources, industrial relation, payroll management, tax and VAT filing, as well as IT support.
“It is encouraging to see that within a year SustainPower is manufacturing their 500Kw BioGas CHP generators from their facility in Cape Town. The company has become the only local manufacturer of gas-to-power gensets in the country. This is a first for the South African economy and the energy sector,” the mayor added. “Even more encouraging was to see how the renewable energy company has innovatively partnered with a Cape Town-based company, Unique Group, that in the past provided saturation dive support vessels to the fossil fuel industry but are now using their skills to produce infrastructure for clean energy.