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In a world where sustainability is paramount, Darling Green Country Estate is leading the charge towards a greener future with innovative green power solutions. Partnering with Sustainable Power Solutions (SPS), this esteemed estate is set to revolutionise the way communities harness energy, paving the way for a more environmentally friendly and sustainable lifestyle.

At the heart of this initiative is the integration of solar power solutions into the fabric of Darling Green Country Estate. Darling Green Utility (Pty) Limited, has inked a power purchase agreement (PPA) with the Swartland Municipality for the supply of 1MW of solar power to the town of Darling. This agreement underscores the estate’s commitment to not only meeting its own energy needs but also contributing to the broader community’s sustainable development. The 1MW PV farm, also constructed and funded by SPS, is slated to be operational by October 2024. This forward-thinking approach ensures that Darling Green Country Estate remains load-shedding-free, providing residents with a reliable and uninterrupted power supply.

Additionally, Darling Green Solar (Pty) Limited has secured approval to access the Eskom grid in Darling, enabling the estate to wheel 5MW of power from the PV solar farm adjacent to the property. Construction of the 5MW PV solar farm, undertaken by SPS, is expected to be completed during 2025, marking a significant milestone in the estate’s journey towards sustainability and further solidifying Darling Green Country Estate’s status as a trailblazer in clean energy initiatives.

Founded in 2008, SPS brings a wealth of experience and expertise to the table, having successfully commissioned over 175 solar and storage projects across Sub-Saharan Africa. With the backing of Gridworks, a portfolio company of British International Investment plc, SPS is at the forefront of delivering tailored solar PV and battery solutions to businesses and communities alike. Their track record of implementing grid-connected and off-grid systems, including projects at iconic locations like the V&A Waterfront and Desroches Island in the Seychelles, speaks volumes about their commitment to sustainability and innovation.

By embracing green power solutions, Darling Green Country Estate ensures a reliable and sustainable energy source and reaps the benefits of being part of a clean energy community. Residents can rest assured knowing that their power needs are met in an environmentally responsible manner, contributing to a healthier planet for generations to come.

Benefits of Solar Panels for Electricity in South Africa:

  • Renewable Energy Source: Solar panels harness energy from the sun, which is an abundant and renewable resource in South Africa with more than 2,500 hours of sunshine per year, one of the highest in the world.
  • Reduced Electricity Bills: By tapping into a local source of electricity, homeowners can significantly reduce their dependence on the national grid, leading to lower electricity bills and access to electricity 24/7, with no interruptions due to load-shedding or rapid price increases.
  • Lower Environmental Impact: Solar energy is clean and emits no greenhouse gases or pollutants, making it an environmentally friendly alternative to traditional fossil fuels.
  • Energy Independence: Sourcing electricity from a local solar plant reduces reliance on external energy suppliers, increasing energy independence.
  • Increased Property Value: Homes connected to green power sources typically have higher resale values and are more attractive to environmentally conscious buyers.
  • Job Creation: The growing demand for solar energy systems in South Africa has led to job creation in the renewable energy sector, contributing to economic growth and development.

As we look towards the future, Darling Green Country Estate remains steadfast in its commitment to environmental stewardship, paving the way for a brighter and more sustainable tomorrow. With green power solutions at the forefront of its development, this prestigious estate is truly powering the future of sustainable living.