Bold, scaleable and collaborative – these are the three characteristics of the project that will clinch the $1-million Milken–Motsepe Prize in Green Energy, says Milken Institute senior director Dr Emily Musil Church. The Milken Institute is a nonprofit, nonpartisan think tank bringing together “the best ideas and innovative resourcing to develop blueprints for tackling some of our most critical global issues”.
Johannesburg power utility City Power would, on behalf of the Gauteng government, add 100 MW of electricity capacity to the grid to assist the Gauteng province in its goal to reduce the impact of loadshedding on residents. The 100 MW would be generated using open-cycle gas turbine technology and this would later be expanded to 300 MW, Gauteng Premier Panyaza Lesufi said in his State of the Province Address on February 19.
Since launching its HotBot devices for smart geyser management in 2020, energy solutions developer Plentify has recorded considerable energy savings across its user base, as well as lower demand surges to the grid following loadshedding. Fifteen years since State-owned power utility Eskom started implementing loadshedding, the scheduled power cuts are still wreaking havoc on the economy, including through impacts on power infrastructure and household finances. However, tools such as HotBots help to address some of these issues, says Plentify.