The executive mayor of Tshwane, Cllr Stevens Mokgalapa, launched the City's photovoltaic installation system in a City-owned facility – the Tshwane Leadership and Management Academy (TLMA) – with a capacity of 204 kWh.
The City is currently demonstrating and piloting low-carbon projects in order to ensure a smoother transition to low-carbon development.
"As the city puts its Climate Response Strategy into action, we are committed to investing in renewable energy and reducing our carbon footprint. We are going green and clean. This photovoltaic installation is a first for the city and demonstrates that energy sovereignty is a possibility for City-owned buildings. We hope to do the same at other municipal buildings." said mayor Mokgalapa.
This innovative project was conceptualised, developed and implemented with the assistance of the Energy and Electricity Division, and it will be managed by the division onwards.
To ensure that both new and existing buildings meet high-efficiency energy performance requirements is important for the City of Tshwane as a whole, so as to deliver on its international commitments, including the Net Zero Carbon Buildings Declaration.
"The City of Tshwane has signed the Net Zero Carbon Buildings Declaration, which provides a bold and far-reaching vision of what our future climate-resilient built environment can look like if we seize the opportunities that come with the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions in buildings," said MMC for Utility Services, Cllr Abel Tau, when he gave an overview of the project.
Hastings Chikoko of C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group, graced the event with his presence and words of support.
After all has been said and done, the executive mayor, some members of the mayoral committee, stakeholders (ZRW Mechanica and ABB) and supporters proceeded to the site for a clear view and demonstration of the system by facilitators.