Solana Energy is delighted to announce a successful partnership with South32, resulting in the completion of six solar installations across KwaZulu-Natal (KZN), offering much-needed relief to various social impact organizations. These solar installations, strategically located in different areas, will provide clean and sustainable energy to support these organizations in their mission to make a meaningful impact on the lives of the communities they serve.
The six solar installations are situated at various centers, including The Amangwe Village Training Centre, the Sekusile Zulu Creche, Nawe Zifunze Training Centre, SA National Cancer Association (SANCA), NSRI Sea Rescue, and the Khayalethu Child & Care Centre. The collaboration between Solana Energy and South32 emerged as a response to the ongoing electricity crisis in South Africa, which disproportionately affects vulnerable communities. Through this innovative partnership, uninterrupted electricity supply will be provided to these organizations, enabling them to continue their critical work without interruptions caused by load-shedding.
Shireen Sahadev, Director of SANCA Zululand, expressed her gratitude, stating that with the installation of solar energy, load-shedding has become a thing of the past for them. Other organizations, such as Amangwe Village, echoed similar sentiments, emphasizing the positive impact of having continuous access to electricity, enhancing their daily work.
Access to electricity is vital for economic and social development, healthcare, and education systems. Load-shedding has posed challenges for many NPOs and small businesses, hindering their ability to serve the surrounding communities effectively. For the National Sea Rescue Institute (NSRI), continuous power supply is crucial to respond promptly to water-related emergencies, saving lives on the sea and inland waters.
The collaboration between Solana Energy and South32 was driven by a shared commitment to delivering social impact to vulnerable communities affected by South Africa’s electricity crisis. By investing in solar solutions, they aim to empower communities to thrive socially and economically. The installations are a testament to their dedication to making a difference in the lives of those who need it most.