On Wednesday, the Western Cape’s economic opportunities minister, Alan Winde, toured a Cape Town solar initiative at the Lansdowne Bottling Company, as part of local government’s energy efficiency awareness campaign.
The campaign’s message is “Solar. The best way to save under the Sun.” The Department of economic development and tourism explained that it focuses on raising awareness about the benefits of installing solar water heaters and solar PV panels, as a cost saving measure and in line with creating a greener world.
Solar initiative to benefit value chain
This awareness campaign falls under the provincial government’s Energy Security Game Changer, which aims to ensure long-term energy security through the availability of reliable, diverse and low carbon energy, the department said in a statement.
“This is a joint game changer with the City of Cape Town and a number of other local municipalities in the province, ultimately aimed at ensuring economic growth.
“There are many companies in the Western Cape that have embraced our greener future,” the department explained.
The Lansdowne Bottling Company is a family-run business, known for products such as the popular soft drink, Double O. The company provides a great example of how to cut electricity usage and generate own solar energy.
Winde’s agenda included a visit to see first-hand the benefits and, in particular, the savings that it has generated since installing these systems.
Energy minister encourages school goers
In December, South African minister of energy, Tina Joematt-Pettersson, visited the Phakamisani Primary School, KwaNokuthula, in Plettenberg Bay to increase awareness around energy efficiency.
Mayor of Bitou Local Municipality, Cllr Peter Lobese, joined the minister to promote the Energy Efficiency drive with community of Greater Bitou Local Municipality.
The energy efficiency campaign, themed as ‘Save Energy’, is aimed at raising awareness on the minimum energy performance standards and energy efficiency label of households’ appliances as well as promoting efficient use of energy in the building sector.
The Department recognises the importance of energy efficient buildings and appliances in contributing to improved energy security and the reduction of South Africa’s carbon footprint.