In February 2006, Cape Town experienced its worst power failure ever. The city had lost 75% of its power due to a failure on the grid. The city had to immediately remove 400 MW of unnecessary power usage from the grid. PEER, working as an ESCO, was hired by Eskom to field a team of workers to reduce the residential load to the grid in the downtown area. Mobilizing a team of over 300, including historically excluded youth workers, PEER initiated a residential weatherization and retrofitting (demand-side management) program that consisted of two elements – a swapping program and an installation program.
Circa the 1990s, the Witsand community in the Western Cape of South Africa was a 20 year-old shantytown of over 2,000 shacks; living conditions were deplorable, with no access to basic services. PEER Africa and PEER Consultants were chosen by the Cape Town City Council to transform the community using the integrated Energy Environment Empowerment Cost-Optimization (iEEECO™) methodology.