Green energy on the rise

MONEY FOR JAM: Newton Park Superspar’s Justin Walton is smiling about the discounted rate the store is receiving for green electricity
MONEY FOR JAM: Newton Park Superspar’s Justin Walton is smiling about the discounted rate the store is receiving for green electricity

In an effort to reduce electricity costs and the carbon footprint of the city, an increasing number of companies in Nelson Mandela Bay are buying green energy from an independent supplier, substantially slashing their electricity bills.

Nelson Mandela Bay is the first city in South Africa to adopt the business model where renewable energy is supplied by an independent energy trading company to businesses at a cheaper rate than the Eskom-supplied municipal electricity.

Renewable energy is sold on a willing buyer, willing seller model through the company, Amatola Green Power, and among the 30 businesses which have signed up to receive this green energy, the latest are eight Spar retailers.

Amatola feeds power into the metro’s pool of electricity, and customers who sign up receive electricity from this pool.

-Cindy Preller 

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