As of March 2015, Singita Lebombo and Sweni Lodges in Singita Kruger National Park will transition over to solar power. Solar provider New Southern Energy has designed a bespoke solar park to utilize the available sun energy and generate enough renewable power to provide the luxury safari lodge with 52% of its energy requirements and significantly reduce the site’s environmental impact.
To date, Singita Lebombo and Sweni Lodges have been dependent on diesel-powered generators due to the national grid not extending to the N’wanetsi concession. Singita, an environmentally conscious hospitality company, continually aims to reduce its carbon emissions and operate with a sustainable ethos in mind that supports the local community and its surroundings. After a two-year design project, New Southern Energy is completing the installation of two solar parks that will reduce Singita’s current diesel consumption by close to 80,000 gallons.
These two solar power parks have been installed to power the main lodges and the staff village. The solar parks are made from 1,500 solar panels, which have a combined area of two square miles and will produce 636,000 kilowatt hours of power per annum. The farms have been carefully positioned so as not to harm any protected trees in the local area and are fully game-proof with solar powered electric fencing.