The solar sector has taken the world by storm, and many businesses, families, and individuals are jumping on the solar train and making their way to a greener, more sustainable, and cost-effective future. In South Africa, solar energy has provided a much-needed solution whose businesses and livelihoods have been negatively impacted by loadshedding…. But what about those who cannot afford access to this technology? If you are operating a school, a clinic, a place of safety or providing community security initiatives, your operations have all been curtailed – communities who are dependent on these NGOs and support initiatives take a secondary hit when loadshedding kicks in.

Decusatio Impact Investment Solutions and Solana Energy pride ourselves on using solar as a transformative force for good and looking for partnerships where we can democratise access to renewable energy.  To this end, we will work with organisations to utliise their Enterprise and Supplier Development (ESD) and Socio-Economic Development (SED) spend to facilitate solar installations around the country.

This innovative approach to solar has meant that through our partnership we have worked with several big corporates in order to assist these disadvantaged communities. One of the many examples of these types of projects include the 6 installations done in KZN whereby Solana Energy assisted different disadvantaged communities in staying connected and being able to continue doing the incredible work they have been doing for their communities thus far. Some of these community projects include working with orphanages, schools, training centres, and medical associations such as the SA National Cancer Association. These businesses are doing important, impactful work for their communities and the energy crisis has been incredibly hard on them, not allowing them to operate the way they should be.

“We now have the ability to operate as necessary during load-shedding and continue with our task to save lives of those in danger on the sea and inland waters. We cannot emphasise enough the need for a continuous power supply,” says Mike Patterson from the NSRI.

This quote is a simple example of how loadshedding impacts communities – how many thousands of people are dependent on the work that the National Sea Rescue Institute (NSRI) does each year?

It’s heart-warming when you are able to phone up a school in a community like Saldanha and inform them that they will be able to receive a solar installation to support their administrative function. These are the kind of projects which get us excited – not only are we delivering social impact, but we are also allowing black-owned businesses, the opportunity to thrive and grow while democratising access to solar energy.

If you would like to discuss projects of this nature, you can connect with myself (Camrynne@decusatio.co.za) or send us a message via our contact form.