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Off-grid safari lodges turn to solar power

Facing hippos and elephants while transporting solar equipment to remote safari lodges by boat and 4x4 became all in a day’s work for the SolarSaver team when they recently installed battery-solar off-grid systems at the remote Nambwa Tented Lodge and Kazile Island Lodge in Namibia for African Monarch Lodges. Both lodges now operate 100% off solar power 24 hours a day.

Remote lodges are increasingly turning to solar power rather than diesel to operate off-grid, according to Stefan Kleemann, Senior Engineer for SolarSaver Group. The provider of customised rooftop solar photovoltaic solutions is currently completing a number of solar projects in Namibia and South Africa through a rent-to-own model that makes it possible for businesses like the lodges to completely switch to solar power or supplement grid power with no capital outlay. The lodges pay only for the greener power generated by the solar installation. 

Air conditioning, refrigeration, cleaning appliances, pumps, lighting, television, device charging and heating are among the main sources of energy consumption at safari lodges. Nambwa Tented Lodge, perched high in the tree canopies on the elephant migratory routes in the Bwabwata National Park, required a 50kWp installation.  Kazile Island Lodge, located on a private island in the park, installed 25kWp to take care of all its power requirements. 

“Namibia’s hot dry climate and abundant sunshine for over 300 days per year make it an ideal spot to harness the energy of the sun,” says Kleemann. “These lodges are in remote natural landscapes and are not connected to the national grid. Previously, the lodges were generating power on-site using diesel generators, which generate hazardous exhaust gases and noise, as well as being costly due to the high cost of maintenance and fuel transport to remote destinations. Solar power provides a peaceful, green solution that has the added advantage of saving costs.”

African Monarch Lodges owners, Dusty and Tinolla Rodgers, are delighted with the switch to solar. “Our focus is on promoting responsible tourism and we are committed to the long-term conservation of the few remaining pristine wildlife areas within the Zambezi Region in Namibia. Solar power enables us to reduce our impact on the environment and give our guests the best experience.  We are now even more "off the grid" than before!”

Namibia's former Miss Universe, Michelle McLean, recently stayed at African Monarch Lodges and visited a few of its sustainability projects, including the solar power operation. "I have always been an ambassador for solar power and have a desire for Namibia to be the frontrunner in Africa for this renewable energy source. It’s encouraging to see that African Monarch Lodges has gone full solar at both of their establishments,  a move that is directly in line with their vision of sustainability and conservation of the pristine wilderness surrounding the lodges."

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The SolarSaver group offers clients a unique solar rental solution that does not require them to put up any capital or financial guarantees. SolarSaver’s uniqe rent-to-own contract allows businesses to save on their monthly electricity bills through using roof and parking spaces to generate renewable solar power without any capital outlay, or the requirement to invest in the expertise to build and operate a solar installation. The concept has proven extremely popular and SolarSaver now runs the largest fleet of self-financed roof-top solar installations in Southern Africa.

Much of SolarSaver’s initial growth was in Namibia, but the group is now increasingly focused on the South African market, thanks in large part to substantial investment backing from the Pembani-Remgro Infrastructure Fund (PRIF), a US$435m private equity fund established by Phuthuma Nhleko and Johann Rupert that focuses on infrastructure and energy-related investments in Africa.

SolarSaver has completed over 100 projects in South Africa and Namibia. Installations include systems for shopping centres, service stations, hotels, hospitals and factories. Sedgeley Energy is the technical service provider to Solar Saver and is responsible for the installation, administration and maintenance of the rental portfolio.

Tim Frankish
Managing Director
SolarSaver


Tim was one of the founders of SolarSaver and is ultimately responsible for developing and implementing the unique financing structure and service offering of the SolarSaver group. Tim obtained a Master’s degree in quantitative finance from the University of Cape Town before qualifying as a Chartered Accountant with PricewaterhouseCoopers in Johannesburg. He has extensive experience in corporate finance and investment management, having worked at Bravura Capital, a boutique international corporate advisory and investment house for 10 years.  
   
   
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