Solar farm gets green light for Kannaland

A R1,2-billion solar farm will be built in the Kannaland district to alleviate the pressure on the national electricity infrastructure.

According to Reynold Stevens, municipal manager of the Garden Route District Municipality, the project was approved by National Treasury and will be a partnership between Kannaland Municipality and InnovSure.

The aim is to give the municipality a new source of green energy amid load- shedding concerns.

The announcement was made during an oversight visit to the area last week.

“This is a fantastic initiative as this investment will create job opportunities and the company will invest a further R42 million per annum in the Kannaland Municipality for critical infrastructure projects and assist the Municipality with smart technology,” says Deidre Baartman, DA member of the provincial parliament.

She adds: “Government cannot tackle the country’s energy crisis on its own. It is vital that we break down national government’s monopoly on e-nergy generation and provision, and bring in the private sector to diversify this industry as a matter of urgency. The Kannaland solar farm is a prime example of this”.

During off-peak periods, the solar farm will also be able to draw energy from Eskom and release it during peak hours by means of storage capacity, or pass it on to nearby municipalities such as Mossel Bay.

Baartman says she’ll be monitoring the development closely to ensure that the Western Cape attains energy independence from Eskom, grow the provincial economy and create much-needed jobs.