Potential for integration of distributed solar photovoltaic systems in Drakenstein municipality
It is clear from this study that the potential impact of private PV installation on the municipal income generated from electricity sales will probably have less of an impact than commonly believed in the short term. However, a breakthrough in the costs and practicality of battery storage technology could be a leap enabler, leading to a large scale increase in self-sufficient off-grid consumers.
Municipalities will have no choice but to revisit their present role of energy distribution in the value chain and develop new business models for local energy systems. While the focus of this study was self-generation using PV panels to address energy security and generate revenue, there are other options that municipalities can explore.