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Klipheuwel trip intends to help portfolio committee understand renewable energy technologies

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The CoCT Energy Portfolio Committee delegates who visited the Klipheuwel Wind Farm.
The CoCT Energy Portfolio Committee delegates who visited the Klipheuwel Wind Farm.

A delegation of City of Cape Town (COCT) councillors, led by the City’s Portfolio Committee Chairperson for Energy, Cllr Zimkhitha Sulelo, visited Klipheuwel Wind Farm in the Western Cape’s Overberg region. This educational trip was intended to help its portfolio committee members better understand renewable energy technologies.

“As we look at options to end load shedding over time and as we assess our diversification opportunities, members of the City of Cape Town’s Energy Portfolio Committee are building their capacity to understand the technologies that will contribute to the shifts required,” said Mayoral Committee Member for Energy Councillor Beverley van Reenen.

The City’s Energy Directorate is mandated to increase energy resilience through the diversification of energy sources and reduction in energy demand, by identifying and unblocking barriers to change for the adoption of innovative energy services and an energy system transition, and ensuring decision making in the energy system is underpinned by a strong evidence base.

Also part of the visit were Cllr Zimkhitha Sulelo, chairperson of the Energy Portfolio Committee; Cllr Traverse le Goff; Cllr Tami Jackson, Cllr Phindile Maxiti, Cllr Morne Joseph, Cllr Miquette Temlett, Cllr Mark Kleinschmidt and and Cllr Gregory Peck.

The 27 MW Klipheuwel Wind Farm is one of the first wind farms arising from the South African government’s Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer Procurement Programme (REIPPPP).

Klipheuwel Wind Farm, covering more than 350 ha are located 5 km west of Caledon in the Overberg region of the Western Cape in the Theewaterskloof Local Municipality. With demand for electricity continuing to grow in South Africa, the introduction of clean energy projects such as this, have far reaching benefits for the country’s power sector, economy and people. Furthermore, the local communities in the vicinity of the wind farm benefit from enterprise development and socio-economic development contributions, community trust ownership as well as employment and procurement opportunities.

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