SAFT Project Energy Partners Solar

ENERGY PARTNERS SOLAR – a division of Energy Partners and part of the PSG group of companies – design, own and operate outsourced power solutions across the small scale utility (<10MWp), commercial and industrial sectors. Our installed solar capacity to date is 60MWp for many of Africa’s largest sub-Saharan companies.

Our track-record of cost-efficiency and reliability has been built through critical partnerships with key clients such as SAFT.

Over the past three years, it has completed two critical projects for SAFT; one at Killarney Gardens and the other at the Paarl Cold Harvest facility.

Based on overall project performance the company were selected as the solar supplier to SAFT’s latest development at Atlantic Hills – a 1 440 kWp PPA installation. The solar system is equipped with cutting-edge technology in the form of a high efficiency 400 Wp half-cell polycrystalline modules from Canadian Solar which enables maximum performance and roof space utilisation. The entire project was incorporated into the engineering design of the building. This enabled a cost effective and efficient system through shorter cable runs and more optimal placement of solar modules, inverters and switchgear.

The Killarney Gardens project:

For the SAFT Killarney Gardens facility, EP Solar designed a 590 kWp grid-tied photovoltaic system.  The design included 1 818 solar panels (325 Wp Trina Solar panels), 10 ABB 50 kW inverters and 3 800 brackets for IBR roof sheets.

Since its commissioning date in October 2017, the system has generated 420 MWh of electricity and almost 100 MWh in March 2018 alone. This translates to a R272 000 of energy saving over four months for SAFT without considering any maximum demand savings. The system performance is at 100% of its design capacity, which exceeds the EP Solar performance guarantee of 90%.

The Paarl Cold Harvest project:

On this project, EP Solar project managed the replacement of the roof sheets and the upgrade of the roof sub-structure, which enabled the installation of the 983 kWp solar PV system.

The Solar PV design included 3 024 solar panels (325 Wp Trina Solar panels), 14 ABB 50 kW inverters and 6 350 brackets for IBR roof sheets.