Busy researching different models for financing domestic renewable energy generation. The ultimate aim of the climate change demonstration shop and event etc is to get Kleinmond self-sufficient in energy. So I’m looking at the longer-term, top-down picture, too. Thinking about how to finance installing PV for householders and how the Municipality (kind of like the town council) could help achieve this vision. There are over 800 other municipalities in South Africa so if it happens in the town of Kleinmond there’s great scope for replication.
The Municipality actually buys electricity from the utility company and sells it on to householders (for a profit!). So while having a local council that makes energy decisions at the town level could be useful Kleinmond’s transition to solar PV, on the other hand I guess the Municipality may be reluctant to support initiatives that reduce energy consumption. There are some technical obstacles, too. Apparently it is impossible to fit 2-way meters and put energy into the grid here.