DPA recently partnered with Imvelo Safari Lodges to help Nehimba lodge in their quest to go green. Here is their story:
Nestled in the remote northern region of Hwange National Park, Nehimba lodge is currently off-grid and used to rely solely on a diesel generator for power. During a typical month, we would use just under 2000 litres of diesel, which equals about 1400 kg of carbon emissions per month.
As an organisation that has spent over 20 years creating symbiotic relationships between man and nature, we embarked on a venture to reduce our carbon footprint and play our part in preserving our habitat. As you might know, a carbon footprint is the amount of carbon dioxide released into the atmosphere as a result of community or organisations’ activities. And because carbon dioxide is the leading cause of global warming, our reduction in emissions is contributing to slowing down climate change.
We have since partnered with Distributed Power Africa, a member of the Econet Group, on the construction of a self-consumption solar plant on our property at Nehimba. A 70kWp ground mount solar system will now be used to power all our 9 rooms, common areas as well as our boreholes that pump water to the ponds and waterhole that continue to attract a variety of wildlife and large numbers of elephants. This gives our guests a greater chance to spot the different species that visit to quench their thirst, while keeping the wildlife alive in dry season.
The solar system is a battery tied solution, providing power during the day until the sun goes down when the 100kWh battery takes over until morning. With this Solar Solution, we have achieved reduced noise levels and created a peaceful environment for our guests and animals alike which makes our lodge even more serene.
Distributed Power Africa provides such solar solutions at Zero upfront investment and guarantees customers no risk through the best technology on a long lease agreement. As part of the lease they take full responsibility of engineering, procurement, installation, monitoring, maintenance, warranties and insurance.