With Eskom continuing to disappoint the nation, leaders in municipalities and metros alike are seeking alternative power sources. As a result, Ekurhuleni in Gauteng may soon become ‘load shedding-proof’.
Ekurhuleni ‘takes the lead’ in escaping Eskom, load shedding
That’s because a billion-rand, 41 MW solar power station has now secured the funding it needs to get off the ground. Ekurhuleni, just east of Johannesburg, could see construction begin ‘overnight’- once the equity period comes to a close.
Justin Naidoo, the chief executive officer of African Growth Partners, has revealed that his company has a major war-chest for the fight against load shedding – and predicts that the foundations for this particular project will be in place before the end of THIS YEAR.
“We have secured the equity, and once that closes we can finalize debt and basically start overnight. We will be ready to start building in Ekurhuleni before the end of the year. African Growth has secured $100 million of funding for these projects.”Justin Naidoo
Solar projects leading Ekurhuleni towards the light
As Bloomberg has reported, Ekurhuleni’s grand scheme to procure as much as 700 megawatts of electricity – initially tabled in 2016 – is now coming to fruition, with the solar power plant in questions only signalling the start of things to come.
Indeed, projects like these are popping up all over the metro in 2022…
South Africa – C&I— AFSIA – Africa Solar Industry Association (@AFSIA_Official) March 31, 2022
Ekurhuleni Metropolitan approves the grid connection of a large solar PV plant and battery system. The solar PV 1.8 MW and lithium-ion battery system 2.9 MWh will form one of the largest microgrids in the country.https://t.co/ZXwVWbxpRy#africasolar #SDG7 pic.twitter.com/fjqgWHpaYP
Gauteng suburb may become first to leave load shedding behind
Linbro Park, situated between Modderfontein and Sandton, is home to thousands of gatvol residents. Already in 2022, there have been over 60 days of load shedding – which is way above the average.
That’s why a private producer, completely independent from Eskom, is now applying to take over in the region. Greenstone Energy generate electricity from their gas-powered turbines.
The alternative energy source would be able to add 1 MW of power to the local supply, eradicating the need for severe load shedding. Greenstone want to be up and running by July 2022, and have already approached NERSA for permission to supply Linbro Park with all the energy it needs.