Eskom: 75% renewable energy battery storage will be in Western Cape
Oct. 10, 2019
World Bank loan condition to Eskom was to install several clean energy projects in South Africa.
On 9 October 2019, the Standing Committee on Finance, Economic Opportunities, and Tourism convened. There it was revealed that the Western Cape would house 75% of battery storage from renewable energy plants.
The news was revealed by South Africa’s power utility, Eskom . Renewable energy has been a growing trend in the country to try and relieve and assist the struggling power utility.
Eskom’s debt and World Bank loan
In recent years, South Africa has experienced scheduled and unscheduled power cuts to help distribute electricity across the country. Eskom is said to be carrying a debt of more than R440 billion.
The state-owned power utility received a US$3.75 million loan from the World Bank to be able to provide a reliable electricity supply. One of the agreements it signed and committed to was to install several clean energy projects in South Africa.
Renewable energy battery storage in Western Cape
Seventy-five percent of its renewable energy battery storage will be located in the Western Cape. Out of all nine South African provinces, the Western Cape “is the only province which meets the loan’s stringent criteria.”
According to the Democratic Alliance’s (DA) Deidré Baartman, the province had the “infrastructure quality and sound and stable governance” required. The Western Cape is led by Baartman’s political party.
She is the DA’s Member of Provincial Parliament (MPP) and its Western Cape spokesperson on Finance, Economic Opportunities, and Tourism. Baartman is also the chairperson of the Standing Committee on Finance, Economic Opportunities, and Tourism.
Renewable energy battery storage achievement praised
Speaking about Eskom’s announcement, the MPP lauded the achievement saying:
“This is great opportunity for the Western Cape while showcasing the style of clean and effective governance in the province under the DA.”
Baartman further explained the benefits of renewable energy storage in the province:
“This will also drive the shift away from the ‘single buyer’ model for IPPs and will promote direct purchases, wheeling, and energy trading. All this development will attract investors, produce improved potential returns, and create new business cases in the Province.”
Democratic Alliance’s aim for affordable energy
She vowed that the political party would continue to work on “creating an enabling environment for companies, homes, and communities to access clean, affordable energy and making a substantial contribution to national energy security” in the Western Cape.