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The City of Cape Town has launched new tenders to procure as much as 300 MW of renewable energy, mayor Geordin Hill-Lewis said on Wednesday

The mayor was speaking at the Solar Power Africa conference hosted at the Cape Town International Convention Centre.

Two weeks ago, when the country was gripped by Stage 2 load-shedding, Hill-Lewis issued a statement indicating the city planned to launch new tenders for Independent Power Producers (IPPs).

The IPPs are part of the city’s efforts to reduce load-shedding and its negative impacts. Hill-Lewis previously said that load-shedding comes at the cost of failing businesses, and even job losses.

Speaking at the conference, Hill-Lewis said that Cape Town is working to be the first “load-shedding-free city” in the country.

“We are particularly eager for proposals from IPPs that help us reduce reliance on Eskom during peak times of use and thereby eliminate load-shedding,” he said.

The city is open to proposals for generation projects, generation plus storage projects and storage projects only.