This month the Stellar Foundation kicked off the first phase of our “Getting Off The Grid” renewable energy initiative!
The aim of this project is to investigate (and hopefully implement) sustainable solutions to the national issue of electricity loadshedding (temporary blackouts) as it impacts the Stellar community, as well as to help farms save money on electricity.
Sustainable lighting is our first aim and, as a pilot project, we’ve given a group of farm workers solar–powered light jars to assess.
Irene Dell, Stellar Foundation Social Development Officer, showed the farm workers at Bet-el and Koperdraad what the solar jar is all about, demonstrating where and how to use it and how to charge it.
The employees at Bet-el were each given one solar light jar to test at home and see how useful it is. Workers from Koperdraad farm were given two jars each, as the farm’s location means that it would cost a fortune to have cables run to it.
We will be monitoring the use and efficiency of the solar lights before they’re extended to all the workers on the Stellar Multi-estate. We’re happy to report that so far, the farm workers are excited about their new lights and are putting them to good use.
We’re looking forward to sharing the full story, “Getting Off The Grid – The Renewable Energy Initiative,” in an issue coming soon.
We were honoured to have our clients from Coenecoop in the Netherlands with us for the launch of this important Stellar project. Read about their visit here.