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Application and approval process for small-scale embedded generation in the City of Cape Town

How does the innovative technology from the City of Cape Town impact you as a solar PV installer?

 

To streamline the authorization process for solar PV and/or battery systems, the City of Cape Town now requires all applications for small-scale embedded generation to be submitted via the Energy Services Application Platform on its e-Services portal.


This updated system applies to all SSEG applications. The traditional PDF application form is no longer utilized for SSEG authorization, except under specific circumstances:

In such cases, individuals can request a copy of the PDF form from ElectricityApplication.Queries@capetown.gov.za.

Benefits of utilizing the new Energy Services Application system include:

  • Faster authorizations leading to reduced turnaround times.

  • Enhanced transparency regarding the progress and status of applications.

  • Automated issuance of Permission to Install (PTI) letters for certain application types.


Using this online platform necessitates all parties involved in the application process (property owner, service provider, and ECSA-registered professional) to register with or log in to the City’s e-Services portal and activate ‘Energy Services’.

Within the Energy Services Applications Platform, the electrical contractor and ECSA-registered professional can complete the Service Provider Registration, eliminating the need for verification during application processing.

Property owners have the flexibility to authorize another e-Services user (such as the installer) to apply for the authorization of their solar PV and/or battery system on their behalf.

Upon completing this process, professionals will be able to finalize and submit the SSEG application via the ‘Applying for Small-Scale Embedded Generation’ tile. A helpful ‘How to Guide’ is available to assist throughout the process.

It's important to note: If an SSEG application has already been submitted using the PDF form, resubmission on the new online platform is unnecessary. Fully completed applications submitted prior will be fast-tracked, and applicants will be notified once the process is completed.

For comprehensive information, please visit www.capetown.gov.za/ApplyForSSEG and www.capetown.gov.za/electricserviceforms.


Do you think this platform will assist in improving the process of getting installations approved, comment below and let us know what you think.





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