6 Easy Steps to Export Power Back Into The Grid!

The City of Cape Town has laid the foundation for the growth of small-scale embedded generation, but it is only through partnership with communities that significant progress towards carbon neutrality can be achieved. The City has released their guidelines for embedded generation that allows residential and small-scale commercial users to apply to export power back onto the grid from their rooftop solar installations.



It is envisaged that this will become the trend, and that in time many SSEG installations will be connected to the City’s grid. This project is in line with the City’s commitment to creating a sustainable city that addresses the challenges facing our environment. It also maintains the City’s position of being at the forefront of green initiatives.

The City has set itself a target of sourcing 10% of its electricity from renewable energy resources by 2020 and the roll-out of the small-scale embedded generation tariff supports this goal. Cape Town, along with all cities throughout the world, has to contend with the negative consequences of climate change. South Africa’s electricity generation is notoriously environmentally unfriendly, as it relies to a great extent on the burning of coal. For every 1 kilowatt hour of grid electricity consumed, about 1 kg of carbon dioxide is released into the atmosphere.

Our over-reliance on fossil fuels for our energy needs cannot continue unabated, and we as a City need to do everything possible to pursue alternative, cleaner sources of energy. The primary ways we are doing this include using electricity more efficiently and using electricity generated from renewable sources such as the sun and wind.
For more than a year, the City has been running a project to find a solution which allows consumers to feed power back into the grid and to receive an offset doing so. This has been a complex process as numerous factors have had to be addressed, including: the establishment of appropriate tariffs; identification of suitable metering systems which can measure power flow in two directions; and the implementation of automated billing systems which take into account both the purchase and sale of electricity.

This innovative project underscores the value of using green energy and allows residents to take advantage of the City’s programme to allow for offsets in exchange for the feeding into the grid of excess electricity. Consumers who wish to feed SSEG electricity into the municipal electricity grid need to have a bi-directional advanced meter infrastructure credit meter installed by the City at their own cost and take their electricity supply at the appropriate SSEG tariff.

Here is the application and installation process:

Step 1: Contact a Leakfind Solar consultant to do a site visit of your property and system scoping.
Step 2: Submit your application to the City of Cape Town.
Step 3: You will receive a Successful Application Notice from the City.
Step 4: Leakfind Solar installation.
Step 5: Installation Sign Off and COC is issued by Leakfind Solar
Step 6: Meter installation and connection activation by the City.


Contact us by email at info@leakfindsolar.co.za or 021 551 4894 to talk to one of our consultants. Guidelines and application requirements can be found on the City’s website – https://www.capetown.gov.za/en