South Africa | Cape Town

Looking forwards to speaking at this event as Cape Town, after years of energy shortages, is moving ahead in procuring up to 700 megawatts of new generation.

From 2023, Cape Town will start procuring utility-scale battery energy storage systems (BESS)many from independent producers.

South Africa needs increased accessibility to high-quality, sustainable, and low-cost electricity. The country has been plagued by frequent load-shedding due to aging electricity infrastructure poor performing

national coal powered plants, with electricity availability factor (EAF) generally below 75% causing supply constraints.

Eskom says there is currently a power shortage of nearly 14,000 megawatts due to unplanned maintenance and has regularly introduced stage two and up to stage six load-shedding.

Cape Town is delivering medium to long-term to support energy security for economic growth.

Cape Town plans to improve security of supply and mitigate intensifying load-shedding through their energy procurement programs: 

  • The City plans to reduce the impact of load-shedding by increasing the penetration of renewables with battery energy storage systems (BESS)
  • Solar and storage behind the meter and get an overview of the future developments that you should consider in your strategy
  • The nascent Hydrogen Economy
  • Ammonia
  • The offshore wind opportunity

Hydrogen South Africa