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LED solar lighting solution for Malmesbury research farm

LANGGEWENS Research Farm is located between Malmesbury and Moorreesburg in the Swartland. Established in 1926, the farm’s purpose is to provide infrastructure and staff to support researchers. Research institutions currently involved in projects on the farm include the Western Cape Department of Agriculture, Stellenbosch University, ARC Small Grain Institute, Swartland Cereals Development Group and other private institutions.


BEKA SOLAR units have been installed along the road leading up the Langgewens Research Farm. Due to the high costs that electrical reticulation would pose, it made sense to go the solar lighting route.

The BEKA SOLAR was the LED solar lighting solution of choice. This solar streetlight for outdoor residential and public applications offers a full customizable option to suit all off-grid solar lighting requirements.

The BEKA SOLAR is available in a standard single streetlight or median version with the ZIYA luminaire, or a post top version with the ZELA luminaire. It provides a reliable lighting solution with a high Ingress Protection level that withstands high ambient temperatures and vandalism. These luminaires are a sustainable off-grid performer with a superior lumen/watt ratio.

The photovoltaic energy conversion is optimized by efficient Polycrystalline solar module technology to maximise solar energy. This in turn offers the best energy storage options and autonomy available on the market with our range of battery options, namely Lead, Lithium and the new SuperCapacitor which removes the depth of discharge (DOD) issues, and offers extended life and discharge cycles.

Controlling the whole system and using this solar energy by programming the Maximum Power Point Tracking (MPPT) charge controllers, it protects and optimizes the system from any internal and external factors, like thermal environmental changes when charging the batteries.

BEKA Schréder locally develops and manufactures energy-efficient LED lighting products, designed and suitable for local conditions and is proud to be associated with the Western Cape Government in providing a successful LED solar lighting solution for this project.


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