“It is for this reason that we have set up a strategy work-group with the Western Cape Government to explore energy security and the right energy mix for the region for the future. We have to assess all of the options out there – from renewables to gas – and find the right sustainable combination for our current and future needs.”We chatted to Carel Ballack of PQRS (Power Quality Renewable Services) who explained it in perfect layman’s terms.
“Imagine you have three vehicles,” he says. “Let’s say a taxi, a bakkie and a family car. You wouldn’t use one of these to do a job it wasn’t meant to do. You would use the taxi to transport people and the bakkie to transport materials. The family car will be used to go on vacation. It’s the same thing with energy. You have to have an energy blend for it to work.”De Lille explained that the new energy exploration mission will be running in parallel to the programmes the City has already enacted. It would act an electricity saving campaign to reduce demand, altering consumer behaviour and replacing electric geysers with solar water heaters.