Electricity, basic service delivery and maintenance are all challenges to housing in this area. However, through partnerships with multiple local groups and organizations, Sifunda Kunye was able to secure a full renovation of the dormitories and teacher housing communities. This included returning hot water to campus with the installation of a solar water heating system. Now, 6 years on from the renovations, hot water continues to have 100% up-time with $0 in ongoing costs.
This real-world example demonstrates not only that solar has a motivating financial payback, but that it is also the most reliable long-term solution to producing electricity and ensuring hot water availability. It works in rural communities with little to no critical infrastructure just as it works in developed communities. Solar is versatile, reliable, clean, and cost-effective.
Solar truly can fit every scenario where long-term time horizons and responsible management are part of the goals. Optimus Solar is proud to play a small part in improving education and opportunities for students in South Africa, and we continue to believe that solar makes sense for everyone!