SUNfarming/ALENSYS and the North-West University celebrated the opening of the first Food & Energy Training Centre in South Africa.
The 12th of October was an exciting day for SUNfarming/ALENSYS and our partners. Together with more than 150 guests from all over Africa, including stakeholders from politics, business and universities, the opening session was held on the Campus of the North-West University in Potchefstroom.
After Prof Frika J van Rendsburg, Rector of the NWU cut the ribbon, the guests were invited to visit the solar green-houses accompanied by trainers, explaining the project and answering questions.
In his speech Prof LJ Grobler, Dean of the Faculty of Engineering especially emphasized the function of the NWU as a renewable research and development university towards sustainable communities. “We as a University form the basis of education and from here we can replicate it to other Universities and other regions through agreements between our university and other universities”, so Prof LJ Grobler.
“The students that have been trained here at our first and unique Food & Energy Training Centre can help us to roll out the investments to the rest of Africa. We see the cooperation with the NWU as a development nucleus for other universities and partners”, said Peter Schrum, main shareholder and founder of SUNfarming, in his speech to the audience. “The benefits for citizens and local government are endless! This project will facilitate broad base community participation with long-term ownership, sustainable Food & Energy production and job security benefits with a strong training component to those who need it most,” Schrum adds.
Interesting videos and articles published after the opening:
North-West University video: Communities to benefit from farming with the sun
News on SABC: Woman of Ikageng now able to grow vegetables in solar powered greenhouses
Article in Bloemfontein Courant: SUNfarming Food & Energy
Article in New Age Daily Newspaper: SUNfarming initiative will provide food and energy
With the impressive output of 3.281,76 kWp the latest SUNfarming free-field plant in Wriezen is a showcase of how to produce, clean renewable energy power on a former dumpsite for municipal and industrial waste.
It can be avoided 2.012kg CO2 emissions per year.
A special engineering and technical challenges were the concreted piles for the foundation of the support structure for the solar modules. Not deeper than 60 cm were the piles framed into the restoration layer of the dumpsite.
“Our engineers and technicians completed the plant in just 3 months, including power supply, and it was successfully connected to the grid in July 2016. 12,400 SUNfarming modules AT 235-60P 265 Wp “Made in Germany “, have been installed, explains Martin Tauschke, CEO of SUNfarming.
All work has been strictly controlled by the supervision of the landfill operator. The successful acceptance successes from the State Office for the Environment in Brandenburg.
In a record time of only 4 months SUNfarming has successfully completed 5 more solar parks, for 31th of March 2016, with a total capacity of 19 MW, including the transformers and grid connection. Despite adverse soil conditions and poor weather conditions 200 mechanics and engineers have done an excellent job.
As in 2015, the first cooperation with our English partner, Ethical Power LTD, this project was very professionally handled and implemented in time.
SUNfarming could for the majority deliver quality-tested SUNfarming solar modules. The substructures were delivered by our sister company SOLprime from Kiel that secured us the best SUNfarming quality and smooth handling.
Our solar parks are among the best on the UK’s solar market. Together with investors and project developers, we are already working on the successful realization of new projects worldwide.
SUNfarming builds another 11 MW in Friedland, making it the largest producer of electricity in the region Friedland
11 megawatt solar park at three more locations in Friedland are since March 2016 connected to the grid.
As already several times in recent years, the trustful cooperation of SUNfarming with DKB also allowed the financing of these solar parks.Through our unique quality assurance system, we are a reliable partner for banks and investors.
“As production partners for our SUNfarming quality modules we chose Aleo Solar, producing in Prenzlau and Astronergy, producing in Frankfurt/Oder. Only economically strong PV module factories with automated production lines are added to the supply chain of SUNfarming.
Prior to delivery all modules are regularly tested at the factory by our SUNfarming quality managers, in collaboration with external testing institutes such as the PI Berlin, in a particularly strict quality control, “said Martin Tauschke, CEO of SUNfarming.
“We have successfully realized five solar parks with 22 MW, making SUNfarming the largest electricity producer in the region Friedland”.
SUNfarming at the Intersolar in Munich with a new booth and sustainable, trendsetting ideas.
Three successful day at the trade fair lie behind us. We realized less exhibitors than the last years, but a rising in quality of the exhibitors and visitors. SUNfarming seized the chance, not only to present their large range of business area to the audience, but also could we have ascertained business conversations regarding current and upcoming projects with customers and suppliers, as well as with banks and financing partners.
Intersolar Europe 2015, from June 10. – 12. 2015, booth B2.270
In 2013 SUNfarming’s own plants achieved performance 5.3 % higher than forecast. In 2014 this rose to over 7.7 % additional performance.
Everyone ist talking about the energy transition, we are making it
You can see for yourself at our booth at the Intersolar, promised the SUNfarming team and management.
SUNfarming GmbH specialises in project development for capital investors and the realisation and active support of PV projects for commercial and private own electricity systems. With our experienced team of commercial staff, engineers and electrical engineers we have already successfully realised projects for 350 megawatts of capacity. Read more