Solar Powered Dairy
Phase Two has been successfully launched!
We were extremely excited to launch the next phase of our solar electricity generation project on the 31st of October. The inauguration was the official turning on of 60KW of solar power, which reduces our non-renewable energy consumption by 60KW. This translates to a saving of about R9 000-R10 000 per month, plus of course reducing our carbon footprint substantially.
Our maintenance team, under the guidance of Peter Sieckmann, were on the roof for a couple of weeks, braving the sun and elements whilst installing the components. They are all tanned and lean and look like they have been on holiday on a tropical island.
We are very grateful to Rays of Hope, who have orchestrated the big picture, and the other donors, First Solar, SMA, Schletter, Sieckmann Engineering, Birchmeier, Kubler, BAE, Q3, Dehn, UfE and Leschaco, who each contributed a valuable part to this puzzle, working together to create this incredible project.
View some of the press about our Phase Two launch:10Nov2015_GreenBusinessGuide.pdf
We’re very proud to have established one of South Africa’s first solar powered dairies here at Camphill Village West Coast. The innovative 20kW solar power plant allows us to provide for the electricity needs of our existing dairy from renewable energy and reduces our dependence on the grid, creating a more sustainable future for our community.
The exciting Solar Rays project was made possible and masterminded by Germany –based Rays of Hope Foundation who gathered together a number of industry leaders to donate all the necessary technology and components, including BAE, Dehn, First Solar, Hanel Projects, Lahmeyer International, Leschaco, Q3, Schletter, Sieckmann Engineering, SMA Solar Technology, Solardura, Southern Sun Solar and UFE. Huge thanks go to all of those who contributed to the project.
The solar plant uses innovative thin film PV technology recently developed by First Solar, which is more sensitive to sunlight and provides a steadier production of energy even on overcast days. We anticipate that this plant will help us save approximately R1.44 million in electricity costs over the next 20 years. And, with the uncertainty of constant electricity supply from Eskom, it means that our dairy can run without interruption, as well as reducing its carbon footprint and making it more sustainable.
The plant was inaugurated on 19th March 2014 by Councillor Xanthea Limberg, Chairperson of the City of Cape Town’s Economic Environmental and Spatial Planning Portfolio Committee and the whole village took part.
This hugely successful project has only fired up our determination to take renewable energy further. Together with Rays of Hope, we are already planning an ambitious second phase, Solar Rays 2 (40kW), with the aim of eventually making the whole of Camphill Village West Coast independent of the grid.
Camphill Village's solar project in the press:Rays of Hope
April 2014 - March 2015
Total Energy Production : 35MWh
Total CO2 Emission avoided: 35t