Water and Energy in the Desert of “Great Thirst”

Published on Monday, 20 February 2017

“Enel Green Power officially opened the construction site in March 2015 and finished the works two months ahead of schedule.”

The dedication of the whole team and the support of the local community, employed at the solar farm and in other parallel activities, were essential: “As required by South African law, the people at the worksite mostly came from local communities. In this way, they can count on guaranteed work for a set period of time”.

Each person was prepped and trained for the different activities at the worksite, in accordance with the highest standards of quality and safety, in line with our commitment to the social and economic development of the country.

Furniture, lighting and drinking water

“Over the last few months, hundreds of thousands of solar panels have been installed, 611,100 in total. Every one of these was delivered on wooden pallets”, Ienco explained. “These were then donated to the local community and transformed into furniture for schools, offices and other common spaces. We also donated a small photovoltaic system to a school that will partially cover the energy needs of the building”.

In the wake of this first phase, numerous important initiatives are planned for the coming months.

“We want to bring potable water through the Warka Water system, a structure able to use the humidity in the air and to collect rainwater, dew and fog.”

– Daniele Ienco

Furthermore, following our experience at the Nojoli plant, we will launch a project of stable access to electricity for the Adams park as well, together with Liter Of Light, a non-profit association that has used Solar Bottles (bottles made of plastic and recycled materials transformed into solar energy lamps, ed.) to bring zero-emission lighting to disadvantaged communities throughout the world”.

Enel Green Power South Africa will also provide educational institutions and the Motheo TVET College with some solar mini-grids that will allow them to save on their energy bills and instead spend their money on the education of students, infrastructure and teaching materials.