In a first for South Africa, Calgro M3 is soon to launch a subsidiary that will operate completely off the national electricity grid, by generating its own renewable energy to run all aspects of the business, including that subsidiary’s administration office.
“We believe that in this era of tight electricity supply, any move to generate one’s own power, to be independent of Eskom, is an important element of sustainability,”
explains Wikus Lategan from Calgro M3. “It has been estimated that a lack of power has cost this country 10% of GDP and businesses need to take action now to limit the negative impact on their bottom line.”This initiative will assist the Metro’s within which they operate, by alleviating pressure on an already stretched electricity supply grid.
This comes at a time when the Minister of Public Enterprises, Lynne Brown, has recently warned South Africa of Eskom’s continuing supply vulnerability and to expect load shedding for at least the next two years as it battles to deal with the power shortfall.
“We are using roof-mounted split solar farms across all roofs of the project (office buildings, gatehouses etc). The rationale for split farms is to protect against downtime. The solar panels charge batteries which are connected to a UPS internet enabled inverter, to convert the power back to 240V,” said Calgro M3 spokesperson Gillian Findlay. “All lighting is individual powered solar lighting – each light works independently, to protect against downtime.”
Calgro M3’s new venture, Calgro M3 Memorial Parks, focuses on the development of private memorial parks, with the Nasrec Private Memorial Park set to be launched in May 2015. Calgro M3 Memorial Parks will have headquarters at the Nasrec site. “The offices have been designed to operate independently of South Africa’s electricity grid, using various forms of renewable energy with generator backup,” states Lategan. “All of the memorial parks and all the facilities associated with this company will be entirely self-sufficient in power generation. We believe that this will be the first entirely off-the-grid company of size in the country.”
Source: SA the Good News
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