The City of Cape Town has put out a call for innovative and smart ideas that will help to mitigate the current energy crisis; move the city toward cleaner energy sources and lower carbon development and that will also better enable a growing green economy.
Whether it be powering communities through wave energy; using the City’s stormwater infrastructure to create localised hydro-electric energy schemes; smarter metering; smart street poles; or mini-grids for informal settlements and backyard dwellings, the City wants to hear all potentially workable proposals.
The focus is also on the use of artificial intelligence, augmented reality, and Internet of Things to ensure that Cape Town is future-fit.
A Request for Information (RFI) has been issued to appeal for innovative solutions to the energy crisis, among other objectives.
The main objectives of the RFI are:
• to gather information and assess market interest to conceptualise, fund and implement sustainable energy and green economy projects.
• to improve service delivery to residents
• to alleviate energy poverty and;
• to contribute to the low carbon development pathway that the City is pursuing
The City’s Mayoral Committee Member for Energy and Climate Change, Phindile Maxiti says the RFI will also help them to enable the extraction of greater economic and employment benefits in the green economy in a sustainable manner.
“Technology is changing rapidly and we are looking to the market, universities, our residents and other stakeholders to help build a greener, more sustainable future as climate change will affect us all. Alternative sources of energy, alternative ways of meeting our energy needs and alternative ways of thinking of solutions will also help us to decrease the divide that exist in our society in general by ensuring that all residents of Cape Town and citizens of South Africa, for that matter, have equal access to safe and cleaner energy through a mix of resources and approaches.”
How to submit an idea:
• Submit workable proposals by no later than close of business on 14 June 2019
• Participants may submit one or more submissions depending on which areas of interest they are addressing.
• Click HERE to submit an idea.
Questions about the RFI may be submitted via email to email@example.com by no later than close of business on 17 May 2019.