Solar panels for CHANCE Children’s Home, South Africa
CHANCE Children’s Home, a non-profit organisation located near Alstom Ubunye and Gibela sites, provides care for children that are orphaned, neglected, vulnerable or abused. For 24 years now, the Home has provided shelter to 86 children ranging from new-borns to 18 year olds. It is funded partially by the South African Department of Social Development, but relies also on donations for about 25-30% of their operating expenses.
However, since the COVID-19 pandemic, donations have been reduced dramatically, creating tough financial challenges for the Home. As a result, it has been looking for ways to reduce their costs and identified their high electricity bills (R15,000-00 on average per month) as a source of significant savings. Thanks to our partner Engineers Without Borders South Africa (EWB-SA) that aims to empower engineers to empower communities, the Home has been using solar panels to reduce expenses.
“The Solar PV project has benefitted a very deserving Home. We know that CHANCE will take great care of the installations and together with our partners, we remain available for any technical expertise and support required to ensure that CHANCE enjoys the benefits of solar energy for many years to come.”Alstom Ubunye CEO
The new solar system was successfully constructed and commissioned by the end of November 2021, enabling the Home to better utilise their minimal financial resources. It has even started producing sustainable energy ahead of schedule. EWB-SA modelling indicates a ~33% saving for the Home, and also ensures an Operating and Maintenance plan allowing a maximum benefit over the 15-year lifespan of the system ie. R1.39 million-savings. The Alstom Foundation is proud to have funded a project that provides such a renewable energy system, encouraging clean energy production and supporting the Home’s noble efforts.