Comments on Cape Town’s Draft Energy Strategy

Congratulations on the draft document which I am sure will be well received by hard pressed residents of Cape Town. I have the following comments which reference sections of text (in italics) in the document:

Pilot alternative public lighting solutions for un-electrified informal settlements

When travelling some years ago to the Yunnan province of China, which covers approximately the same latitudes in the north as South Africa in the south, almost every street light in the cities that we visited was powered by its own solar panel, presumably with a battery of sufficient capacity. Having a similar climate and solar potential, has the City also considered this option? The savings in cables alone might justify the investment, although our enterprising cable thieves may not approve…