South African AgriBusiness Cut Costs With Solar Energy Solutions

September 16, 2013 by  
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VENTURES AFRICA – South African Agri-food Company, Rooibos Ltd., has signed a 25-year agreement with energy company, SolarWorld for the installation of a 4060 SW250 solar polycrystalline panel, in its bid to become more environmentally friendly and cost efficient.

The installation, which is expected to generate 511kWp, will subsidize Rooibos total electricity usage by 43 percent, reducing cost emission by 866.53 tons.

Rooisbus posited that the deal with the German firm became necessary, as “exporters in the agri-food sector are being required to reduce gas emissions in their supply chains.”

According to the company, it will not only benefit from the investment but “it will see a payback on invested capital in the next 7 years”.

Gregor Kupper Managing Director of SolarWorld said, “Rooibos Ltd’s commitment to sustainability through the use of renewable energy signals a tipping point in the Agri-food industry.”

Other agricultural companies have followed suit in embracing the solar solution to energy, Ceres Fruit Ltd sealed a deal with the German-based energy firm to install one of the largest agricultural solar system (1.015MWP) in SA.

Managing Director of Ceres Fruit Francois Malan said: “the major reason influencing our decision to install a solution of this size was to fix our electricity costs

“Considering that we consume approximately 29.7 million Kwh of electricity annually, this will result in considerable savings”, Malan added.

Founded in 1988, SolarWorld is a manufacturing and marketing firm that integrates all components of the solar value chain and also constructs “turn-keysolar power plants.

The group controls the development of solar power technologies at all levels in-house.



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