Fair Cape Dairies has produced 144 165 kWh (kilowatt hours) of its own solar-powered energy over the past 12 months – the equivalent of driving 400 000 kilometres in a passenger car* – which it uses to power milking during daylight hours.
While producing 84 000 litres of milk per day, this commercial dairy has still managed to save approximately 145.46 tonnes of carbon emissions since the panels were installed on 24 October 2018 – the World Day for Climate Action – effectively preventing more than 50 000 kilograms of coal* from being burned.
Louis Loubser, marketing director of Fair Cape Dairies, says that Fair Cape Dairies is delighted with the savings and reducing the company’s environmental footprint. “As a company, we are totally committed to environmental stewardship and reducing our impact on the environment. In addition, we’ve reduced our reliance on Eskom by almost 20%, which means that we’ve been able to continue our milking operations during the recent power outages.”
The company hopes to roll solar power out to its production facility in the near future, further reducing its carbon footprint and its dependence on South Africa’s power utility.
*Kwh and carbon saving equivalents sourced from the US Environmental Protection Agency’s greenhouse gas equivalent calculator.