A consortium involving the Edison Power Group, South Africa’s largest electrical contracting company, and smart-meter specialist Itron has won a $150 million contract to roll out smart-metering technology in Johannesburg.
In what Itron (Liberty Lake, USA) describes as Africa’s first large-scale smart-metering project, the companies will provide support to City Power (Johannesburg, South Africa), a utility company in Johannesburg, by improving service delivery and efficiency through network automation.
The technology is supposed to help City Power’s customers to better manage their electricity usage, as well as save energy and money on their utility bills.
Central to the whole project is also a significant investment in black economic empowerment, skills development and expanded localized support capacity.
“We have established a clear strategy and plan to develop skills and ensure local sustainability. We are all in this for the long haul,” said Sindi Mzamo, the chief executive officer of Edison Power Group (La Lucia, South Africa).
City Power says it chose Edison Power Group and Itron because of their combination of local empowerment, world-class technology and proven delivery performance to support the utility’s future priorities.
“Itron is proud to support a leading utility like City Power in making the smart grid a reality,” said Philip Mezey, the president and chief operating officer of energy for Itron. “We believe our technology provides the foundation for engaging customers and complements the city's demand side management program.”