South Korean Automotive behemoth Hyundai is now running its head office in Bedfordview and dealerships across Gauteng on solar power in an effort to combat load shedding.
According to the group, the head office now has more than 240 solar panels on the roof, delivering 110 kW on a day with normal levels of sunshine. This set the group back a combined R14 million following their installation.
“Due to the frequency of power interruptions brought about by load shedding and the cost of running diesel-burning generators, we investigated the benefits of installing solar power,” said Stanley Anderson, sales and operations director at Hyundai Automotive SA.
After the installation, the group can change to smaller diesel generators. “The cost of diesel and running a generator was also a big consideration when we investigated the installation of the solar power systems,” Hyundai said.
Anderson added that the project also aimed to reduce the electricity bill and consumption of the company and its dealer network while making it more environmentally friendly.
The head office is now looking to install batteries to store power better.
Parhanse said that the group does not yet store power at the main office, but power is let back into the grid when there is a surplus.
All installations are grid-tied and generator-tied. When there is load shedding and not enough sunshine, the generator will kick in, Parhanse added.
“Between 10h00 and 15h00 we are off the Eskom grid 90% of the time when there is enough sunshine. On a bright sunny day with clear skies, we are off the grid completely.”