It is also following international blueprints and plans to implement more renewable energy projects, says City of Cape Town energy executive director Kadri Nassiep.
He told a South African National Energy Association event, in Cape Town, on Wednesday evening, that the city was ramping up various initiatives, including embedded generation, but was hampered by regulatory issues.
“Renewable energy penetration is on the increase but is not as fast as we would like it to be. The independent power producer (IPP) procurement process has been fraught with regulatory and policy issues.
“Cape Town has abundant wind and solar photovoltaic (PV) resources, but we need to overcome regulatory and political barriers to raise our numbers significantly.”
IPP procurement is currently only allowed by Eskom and requires Ministerial approval.