As part of Serco’s drive to reduce its impact on the environment, a total of 1 029 solar power panels have been installed on the roof of the company’s Durban factory and offices allowing the premises to be off the grid during the day.
The R5-million solar installation goes hand in hand with other “greening initiatives” of the company including the recycling of paper and the plastic it uses. It also complements the elevated environmental friendliness of the company’s Protec Steel Frostliner refrigerated vehicles which, through improved thermal efficiency, use less diesel to power their cooler units thus reducing carbon emissions. Serco Industries specialises in the design and manufacturing of insulated and dry freight truck bodies and trailers
Serco CEO Clinton Holcroft says the solar power switch-over is now fully implemented providing full power to the premises during the day with a switch back onto the grid at night when far less electricity is required. Holcroft says 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,” says Holcroft.
The solar power system was installed by The Renewable Resources Company whose technical director, Jason Wise, says the 400kw peak system had the potential to save Serco up to 75% of its electricity costs.