The City of Cape Town’s investment in energy efficiency has seen almost 45 000 street lights being fitted with energy-saving light emitting diode (LED) lights so far.
This includes the recent successful retrofitting of 1 100 street lights as part of a R3,8-million LED street lighting pilot in Burgundy Estate, Summer Greens, Eversdal, Bothasig and Aurora, which has already lead to a 32% reduction in the electricity load usage, the mayoral committee member for energy, environmental and spatial planning, Johan van der Merwe, said.
The city’s energy-efficiency programme had resulted in savings of more than R110 million over the past five years. Since 2010, the city had saved almost 80 000MWh of electricity and 79 000 tons of carbon through its municipal operations energy-efficiency programme. This was the equivalent of the power needed to operate all of Cape Town’s street lights for a whole year.