Robben Island set to run on solar power

South Africa’s tourism is about to get a little greener as Robben Island prepares to switch on the solar panels that will allow the island to run entirely off the power of the sun. This project is the first of a larger Tourism Incentive Programme that plans to retrofit a number of South African National Parks, botanical gardens and World Heritage sites with renewable energy.


Robben Island holds the title as one of the world’s top tourist attractions, thanks to its rife history. The prison-turned-museum currently depends entirely on diesel generated electricity, making it both expensive and bad for our planet. This project aims to contribute towards the countrywide effort to reduce electricity demand, shifting towards clean and efficient energy solutions.


Tourism plays an important part in South Africa’s economy, contributing nearly 10 percent to the country’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP) in 2014. The Tourism Incentive Programme not only aims to strengthen our economy, but also introduce a number of new job opportunities for our people. Besides targeting popular tourist spots, the programme also includes community-based projects, particularly with communities that don’t have immediate access to the national grid.


Local truly is lekker, as the solar panels will be made using technology that is South African intellectual property. The bulk of the components required would be local as well.


Soventix stands behind this project as it further illustrates that the future of solar power in South Africa is a bright one. Our land boasts some of the highest solar power potential worldwide, enjoying more than 2 500 hours of sunshine averaged a year. Many businesses and households have taken the first step towards harnessing the power of the sun for their gain, and now that Government has hopped aboard, widespread clean and effective renewable energy is sure to follow.


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