The Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality is planning to attract some R 2-billion in investment in a suite of renewable energy projects over the next five years, including wind energy. solar water heating, land fill gas and microhydro power.
In a briefing the municipality‚Äôs Infrastructure, Energy and Engineering Committee was informed that R 111-million in terms of the Division of Revenue Act for specific projects was expected to help to fast-track some of the energy efficient projects and that the Department of Energy was expected to free the funds shortly, allowing implementation to start soon.
The NMBM had called for proposals for renewable energy projects in 2005 and is now seen as a leader, not only in the municipal environment but in the South African business field as well. An analysis of the situation at that time had led to the conclusion that the low ESKOM tariff then was not sustainable and that international and local pressure would force South Africa to give renewable energy a fair opportunity. It had also been concluded that economic factors would make renewable energy the preferred energy source within a number of years.
Some of the plans under way
- Phase 1 of a wind farm of 23 megawatts with
a possible extension to 100 megawatts. The environmental impact
under way and a record of decision expected by January. Once this had
finalised and arrangements puts in place to raise some R500-million,
farm could start production by next September.
- Landfill-to-gas projects at Arlington and
Koedoeskloof, for which EIAs were also under way. Generation could
year producing between four and eight megawatts.
- The Fish Water Flats biogas to energy
project, set to produce between two and three megawatts, could take
the end of the year.
- The Combined Cycle Gas Turbine, a joint
venture that had been initiated between the municipality, PetroSA and
Development Corporation (CDC), would produce between 800 and 2 400 MW.
- Energy- saving initiatives of 100000
solar water heaters (roll-out to start in October) and low pressure
heaters (the installation of the first 1000 almost complete).
- Demand side management through more than 50113
domestic heater ripple control systems (out of a possible 90000)
- Other initiatives like power generation
from wood waste and smart metering, for which the evaluation phase had
- Wind power aspect traffic signal heads, for
which the tender was being evaluated and installation, would start
a micro-hydro project, for which a feasibility study was currently
was also on the cards.