About the Energy Security Game Changer
This initiative aims to ensure sufficient power to sustain households and grow businesses in the province. Our goal is to achieve an effective 10% contribution to the electricity needs of the Western Cape by 2020 by reducing our province’s demand from Eskom. Households, businesses and governments can be contributors through low carbon supply and energy sufficiency measures – including the investment in energy efficiency, solar water heaters, and rooftop solar PV.
The Western Cape Government launched its Energy Security Game Changer on 19 March at the V&A Waterfront. The launch coincided with Earth Hour, which is a global event organised by the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) that encourages people to turn off their non-essential lights for an hour (from 20h30 to 21h30) as a symbol of their commitment to protect the planet. This presented a great opportunity to launch our Game Changer and its Take Charge.Switch & Save campaign, which will not only secure our energy future but also have a positive impact on the environment.
In the creation of a more energy secure province, our Energy Security Game Changer will focus its attention on the:
- Enhanced uptake of rooftop Photo Voltaic (PV): increase the contribution of rooftop PV to WC electricity supply to135 MW (just under the capacity of 4 x WC based wind farms) by year 2020.
- Enhanced uptake of efficient water heaters (EWH), including Solar Water Heaters (SWH): increase the installed SWH units to 155,000 by year 2020.
- Reduced energy consumption in both public and private buildings: 30% reduction in energy consumption in government buildings by 2020.
- Enhanced load management: optimally manage the electricity grid in order to reduce peak demand and minimise the likelihood and impact of loadshedding.
- Roll out of Independent Power Producers (IPPs) and Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG): Increased diversity of electricity supply in the Western through IPPs by 2020.
Energy solutions in your home and business
As our goal can only be met if households and businesses take action to become power providers in a way that meets their needs and that of municipalities, the Western Cape Government will be running its Take Charge. Switch&Save campaign to provide information and support citizens to becoming energy efficient.