Access to energy is a prerequisite of human development and this is never more evident in Southern Africa.
South and Southern Africa is poised to embrace renewable technologies and smart utility services, but has challenges facing this progress in the form of legislative strangulation and the dichotomy between first and third world environments side by side.
An estimated 16 percent of the world’s population — 1.2 billion people — have little or no access to electricity, based almost entirely on the urban-rural divide. More than 80 percent of sufferers of energy-poverty live in rural areas. Because of lack of access to electricity and modern energy sources, these communities struggle to break out of the cycle of poverty.
It takes only 2500kWh per person for a country to move to the near top of the Human Development Index (HDI). South Africa is currently ranked 113 out of 189 countries with an HDI of 0.699 (Reference United Nations Development Programme Human Development Reports 2018 Statistical Report)
By providing micro- and mini-grid smart power solutions into rural and off-grid communities, TouchPoint Energy can reduce the energy poverty and fuel dependency of these communities.
Genesis Group's SSEG division, Touchpoint Energy, were contracted to help the developers of the Darling Green Estate to conceptualize and develop a unique energy solution for the estate. Touchpoint Energy assisted with a range of services from architectural input to the housing design, through to the establishment of the Darling Green Utility which provides a range of utility services to the Estate including a decentralised utility concept for the estate.
Touchpoint is developing the 6MW Darling Solar project. Genesis Eco-Energy Developments provided technical support to Touchpoint through-out the development process. The solar project will see the supply of electricity to the estate and has also secured a Power Purchase Agreement with the Swartland Municipality. In addition, the project aims to supply electricity to the City of Cape Town via the City’s new power procurement process that comes on stream in 2023.