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Cheetah Plains

Off – Grid

Cheetah Plains Solar Panel Array

Project: Cheetah Plains

System type: Off-Grid
Location: Mpumalanga
PV System Size: 300 kWp
Battery System Size: 1MWh
Inverter: Sungrow
Panel: JA Solar
Electricity Generation: 460 MWh
Estimated Co2 savings: 432t/annum
Estimated lifetime benefits: R38 Million – 20 years

Cheetah Plains

Cheetah Plains is an award-winning resort in the heart of the Sabi Sands Game Reserve that is powered 24/7 by clean solar power thanks to the collaboration between Blockpower and DHybrid.

The challenge

Cheetah Plains was initially constrained by a single-phase power supply that put out a maximum of 64kVA. This inhibited the upgrading of their facilities.

Transformers were negatively impacted, resulting in considerable damage to the facilities equipment and the transformers.

The Solution

To allow for expansion, a more powerful three-phase power system was implemented with a 150kVA diesel generator backup. A solar PV facility was created with solar tracking, due to limited space for solar panels. Paired with a high-quality Lithium-Ion battery Storage system, Cheetah plains is able to stay up and running 24/7 with power harnessed solely from the sun.

The solution developed by a combination of the South African solar company Blockpower and the German microgrid integrator, DHYBRID, consists of:

  • A 150 kVA diesel generator
  • A 300 kWp solar panel array
  • And a 250 kW/1027 kWh Battery Energy Storage System

The Savings

Cheetah Plains has saved approximately 470MWh of energy to date, with potential savings of 550MWh per year.

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