FNB , through LTM Energy as it energy consultants, said its aim is to achieve a “5” star rating on one of its single biggest existing building in Africa foiling the “4” star rating achieved in 2015.

FNB will soon launch its photovoltaic solar farm at its Fairland campus in Roodeport part of its sustainability drive at the company.

This car port PV will produce just over 1.8 MW of power and cover roughly 980 car ports, with the first megawatt set to go live early next year.

FNB FAIRLAND PROJECT: MIGRATING FROM A GBCSA 4 STAR RATING FOR EXISTING BUILDING TO A 5 STAR

Summary:
Fairland was the biggest office rated on the first ever existing building GBCSA pilot programme held in South Africa. With LTM Energy’s assistance and multiple energy efficiency projects successfully implemented over the last 4 years, they achieved a 4-star rating in 2016.

Recently, amongst other energy projects, LTM Energy has successfully installed a 1992kWp car port PV at Fairlands to migrate the Campus from its current 4-star rating to a 5-star. This is one of the biggest solar carports in Africa.

The Fairland office development is unique in the South African office development landscape and is set to be held up as a new standard for unique, functional, environmentally responsible and aesthetically pleasing buildings.

LTM Energy’s success story of total metered energy reduction of the Campus of 6 201 484 kWh/p.a (more than 30% of the campus’ consumption) can be replicated across many corporate clients around the country which would ensure a huge positive impact to South Africa’s carbon footprint reductions let alone the ramifications globally.

Project description

Off Grid Hybrid PV and Generator Project

Background

The SA Government has an objective to provide universal electricity access to all South Africans, and it is becoming increasingly evident that this objective cannot be met through grid electrification alone. In addition, South Africa’s electricity supply is under pressure and there is also growing pressure to accelerate the installation of renewable energy sources.
As such COGTA (Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs) has approached COEGA Development Cooperation (CDC) to be the implementation partner for the 4KW Hybrid PV and Generator project for the traditional leader’s homes & the community centre’s. As such, LTM Energy were appointed as the principal agents on this project given their vast experience in the renewable sector.
The team has completed 39 units as the first phase. To ensure a quality product was delivered, the design was unique & the technology was of a high standard (modules were Tier 1, European inverters, long lasting & deep cycle batteries, etc.). This is the first PV hybrid system used by Govt. in the country which will lay the platform to embrace future hybrid off grid projects where Govt. leads by example.

LTM Energy has an on-going relationship with the Department Of Energy and have successfully completed the following Projects.
LTM Energy remains committed “To improve the quality of life of the communities we serve through long-term stakeholder value creation”.

In the development of suitable off-grid solutions for rural areas, LTM Energy also considered waste to energy, water management, enhancing local community development, training and education, local job creation, safety, etc that would lend itself to a sustainable off grid model.


Department Of Energy (DOE) & LTM Energy: Mbashe and Umzimkhulu

LTM Energy successfully rolled out 2227 and a further 1900 homes within a space of 3 months and 2.5 month respectively which was a record for DOE SHS off grid projects. Their quality of life has improved by just giving them this basic need which brought a huge smile to their faces.

 

From the energy efficient lighting to the use of separate receptacles for glass, paper, plastic and general waste it's very clear Pavilion is focused on the key tasks of an energy efficient, reduced environmental impact operation.

HVAC is the major use of energy in commercial buidlings. Pavilion achieved a significant drop in both demand and energy for HVAC usage. Pavilion is the first and only retail centre to obtain a HVAC rebate (R2.9m) from Eskom through LTM Energy, with an approved M&V methodology by an independent university. Its interface to the BMS and smart metering adds to the centre efficiencies. Moreover considerations are in place for solar PV and electric charging points for cars to make this a leading retail centre with sustainability high on its agenda. It is a “green evolution” hence making it an ideal pilot site for GBCSA.

Executive Summary

The SA Government has an objective to provide universal energy access to all South Africans, and it is becoming increasingly evident that this objective cannot be met through grid electrification alone. In addition, South Africa’s electricity supply is under pressure and there is also growing pressure to accelerate the installation of renewable energy sources.

As such S.A Government via COGTA/COEGA and DOE appointed LTM Energy as the principal agents on this project given their vast experience in the renewable sector. 39 x 4KW Hybrid PV and Generator project was done for the traditional leader’s homes and the community centres as just the first phase. 2000 x 95W PV units were implemented in remote rural homes that used candles, kerosene, wood, gas etc for energy use.

major commercial bank has also partnered with LTM Energy to ensure financing is available for these offgrid or grid tied solutions across all LSM groups. This solution has a product-embedded hardware plus cloud-based software that enables a consumer to purchase a solar home system at minimal upfront cost and then to make a series of small payments over time – using a mobile phone – to complete the purchase of their system. It may be prepaid, PAYG (pay as you go) or instalment based payment plans. This then enables the customer to overcome the two main barriers in the implementation of PV panels namely viz: Initial capital outlay and maintenance of the product.

To ensure a quality product was delivered, the design was unique and the technology was of a high standard. This is the first scalable PV hybrid off grid system used in Africa for Government to be in the forefront of the green economy by reducing its carbon footprint and ensuring that job creation and social upliftment with basic access to energy remains a high priority. This project will be a key enabler to light up Africa.

Project: Sustainable Water Solution to Liberty Building Grey & Rain Water for On-site Reuse

Liberty Life Regional Headquarters Umhlanga Durban

Liberty Umhlanga has in their Commercial Complex (Liberty Life Regional Headquarters, Southern Sun hotel and Rental Office Block) contracted LTM Energy to install a sophisticated rainwater and grey-water reuse system. Moreover, the payback period was less than 2 years. Hence Liberty is planning on rolling this out to other sites.