Cape to launch embedded generator project

Business Report 23 July 2012.

The City of Cape Town is considering using devices such as photovoltaic (PV) panels and wind turbines as alternative sources of electricity.

These devices and others, all known as embedded generators, are being considered by the city amid rising electricity costs…

Using embedded generators, the city is exploring connecting devices to its electricity grid to create a “smart grid”.

The electricity grid acts as a “bank” which stores unused electricity in the form of credits, by the city, for future use or to power neighbouring homes, which do not have embedded generators, Jones said…

The city has launched a pilot project for the smart prepayment meter system, using related PV technology, and installed 600 meters in Atlantis, Wynberg, Gordon’s Bay and Macassar…

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