Solar panels aplenty help power Durban truck factory
06 November 2019 | Web Article Number: ME201917047
A total of 1029 solar power panels have been installed on the roof of truck and trailer building company Serco’s Durban factory and offices allowing the premises to be off the grid during the day.
According to CEO Clinton Holcroft, The R5-million solar installation is part of the company’s drive to reduce its impact on the environment and goes hand in hand with other company ‘’greening initiatives” including the recycling of paper and plastic it uses.
It also complements the elevated environmental friendliness of the company’s award-winning Protec Steel Frostliner refrigerated vehicles which through improved thermal efficiency use less diesel to power their cooler units thus reducing carbon emissions.
Holcroft said the solar power switchover happened earlier in November providing full power to the premises during the day with a switch back onto the grid at night when far less electricity was required. He added that apart from the environmental friendliness of the new system, solar power also made good economic sense.
“The installation of solar power panels was a fairly big investment for us, but we are confident of the long terms benefits it will bring,” said Holcroft.
The solar power system was installed by The Renewable Resources Company whose Technical Director Jason Wise, said the 400kw peak system had the potential to save Serco up to 75% of its electricity costs. Serco Industries specialises in the design and manufacturing of insulated and dry freight truck bodies and trailers.