Fin24 user Heiner Meyer writes:
DUE to the drastic electricity price hikes in the past and also in recent years, Oostvallei Retirement Village in Pretoria has decided to switch to a more reliable, renewable energy source.
The electrical energy generation at Oostvallei is based on the installation of 31 solar photovoltaic (PV) installations, sufficient to meet the needs of the 120 homes in the estate.
With all the homes having north facing concrete roofs, it created an ideal surface for the installation of the individual solar farms.
Each of these solar farms produces just over 32kW/h of electrical energy per day, which accumulates to just under 1 megawatt per day for all 31 solar generators.
The total generation of clean electricity per month is close to 31 megawatts.
Based on Eskom data, the reduction of coal burnt annually will be in the region of 360 tonnes with a CO2 emissions reduction of 576 tonnes per annum.
The installation comprises just over 1 000 solar panels being manufactured by Suntech Power and uses Kaco-new energy for the inverters and monitoring software.
It was installed by Galeo Solar (Pty) Ltd and is South Africa's largest multiresidential solar photovoltaic installation to date.
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Three views of the Oostvallei solar farms submitted by Fin24 user Heiner Meyer.