New solar project to save R100 000 per annum

Another phase of the eThekwini Solar Project was launched at uShaka Marine World on 25 January 2016. Representing the project's largest solar photovoltaic installation, it has the capacity to save 165.4MWh of electricity per year.

Neville Pillay, Larry Oellermann and Daryl Waugh stand among the newly installed solar panels at uShaka Sea World. (Image: uShaka Sea World)

The project will contribute significantly to the reduction of the city’s carbon footprint. “During December uShaka saved a total of 10,822.906 kWh which could be projected to an annual saving of 128,874.872, the rand value of which is approximately R100 000 per annum,” said uShaka Sea World senior technician, Darryl Waugh.

The eThekwini Municipality has completed the installation of solar photovoltaic installations at five municipally owned infrastructures. Other buildings which have benefitted from the installations include the Sky Car, People’s Park Restaurant, Metro Police HQ and eThekwini Water and Sanitation Customer Service.

The eThekwini solar PV project, which is managed by the energy office, commenced in April 2016 with the intention of promoting the use of embedded rooftop solar photovoltaic generation in eThekwini and in so doing, reducing dependence on the national energy grid.

Project Manager Sbu Ntshalintshali said, “This was a great opportunity for the municipality to promote the use of embedded rooftop solar PV generation and to establish an example for both the private sector and other municipalities to follow."

This project not only allowed the municipality to obtain a firsthand understanding of the barriers to PV but presented an ideal platform for the municipality to test its own policies and practices.

At all the identified venues the energy generated by the solar PV system is consumed on site by the organisations' operational energy demands,  resulting in substantial energy savings by reducing the buildings' energy demands.

Metro Police is expected to save 137.4MWh/year, the Sky Car 6.84MWh/year, People’s Park 40.43MWh/year and Water & Sanitation 76.68MWh/year.

The launch of the photovoltaic installation at uShaka Sea World. (Image: uShaka Sea World)

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