In the midst of power struggles and rolling blackouts, a R1.2 billion solar farm has been approved by the National Treasury for the Kannaland Municipality in the Garden Route District Municipality.
“This is (a) fantastic initiative as this investment will create job opportunities and the company will further invest R42 million per annum in the Kannaland Municipality for critical infrastructure projects and further assist the municipality with smart technology,” said Deidre Baartman, the Western Cape committee spokesperson on Finance, Economic Development, and Tourism.
The project is a public-private partnership between the municipality and InnovSure to provide the area with an alternative source of green energy.
“Government cannot tackle the country’s energy crisis on its own. It is vital that we break down national government’s monopoly on energy generation and provision, and bring in the private sector to diversify this industry as a matter of urgency. The Kannaland solar farm is a prime example of this,” Baartman said.
According to the statement by the DA, during off-peak periods, the solar farm will also be able to draw energy from Eskom and release it during peak hours by means of storage capacity or wheel it to nearby municipalities such as Mossel Bay.
“I will be monitoring this development closely to ensure that the Western Cape attains energy independence from Eskom to grow our provincial economy and create much-needed jobs,” said Baartman.