Access to energy for Limpopo village



An on-going partnership between the University of Johannesburg’s (UJ) and Schneider Electric South Africa has ensured that the Gwakwani Village in Limpopo Province has had access to basic services through sustainable interventions. Schneider Electric’s collaboration with UJ on the Access to Energy project started with the installation of solar lighting and streetlight solutions. Initially, entrepreneurs from the village were trained to sell and maintain the Mobiya TS 120S, the company’s solar powered portable LED lamp with mobile phone charger, providing 120 lm light output. Community members had to travel some distance to fetch water from the river and UJ’s engineering students identified a need for a quality water system, as water supplied from a diesel-powered borehole was insufficient for daily use. Schneider Electric assisted with the installation of a second borehole pump and donated its Water of the Sun solution, consisting of variable-speed drives to power the water pump, and a 4 Kw solar panel provided by UJ, providing the community with a reliable water supply and a new drip irrigation system. Containerised solutions were needed for a solar-powered bakery. Schneider Electric supported their set-up and the bakery is now fully operational and delivers between 120 and 140 loaves of bread per day.

 

Contact Jason Ullbricht, Schneider Electric, Tel 011 054-4511, jason.ullbricht@schneider-electric.com

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