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Yellow door takes SA farmers off-grid

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More than 3,200 PV panels will be installed, along with a 2,900kWh Battery Energy Storage System (BESS) and a micro-grid distribution system. Image credit: Yellow Door

Yellow door takes SA farmers off-grid 

Yellow Door Energy has partnered with Overyssel Boerdery in a multi-million Rand Power Purchase Agreement (PPA) to secure energy independence by harvesting renewable energy.   

In a landmark move, Yellow Door Energy, a sustainable renewable energy partner for businesses, signed a multi-million Rand PPA with Overyssel Boerdery, one of the largest growers and suppliers of potatoes in South Africa, with the objective of taking the farm off-grid in the near future.

As the appointed Independent Power Producer (IPP), Yellow Door Energy is responsible for financing, designing, commissioning, building, operating, and maintaining the renewable energy plant for the duration of the agreement with the commercial farm, closing the gap on energy security for critical farm operations.

Strategic move to secure energy needs (Yellow door takes SA farmers off-grid)

According to Hans Van der Walt, CEO of Overyssel Boerdery this collaboration, through a PPA with Yellow Door Energy, is a strategic move towards securing the farm’s energy needs.

“The installation of the hybrid renewable energy micro-grid system not only ensures uninterrupted operations but also aligns with our commitment to sustainable farming practices,” says Van der Walt.

The PPA entails the implementation of a hybrid renewable energy and micro-grid system, enabling seamless transition between different energy sources.

Building resilience (Yellow door takes SA farmers off-grid)

More than 3,200 PV panels will be installed, along with a 2,900kWh Battery Energy Storage System (BESS) and a micro-grid distribution system. The overall solution, covering an area of almost four rugby fields (over 20,000m2), is expected to produce 3.4 million kilowatt-hours of clean electricity in the first year of operation, equivalent to reducing carbon emissions by 3.5 million kilograms.

The renewable microgrid system will form the base of a complete solution for the commercial farm to ultimately go off grid, fortifying its operations against the challenges posed by worsened power outages.

Rory McCarthy, COO of Yellow Door Energy, said: “We are honoured to partner with Overyssel Boerdery on this landmark project, enabling this commercial farm to secure their energy supply and improve resiliency. This is Yellow Door Energy’s first project in South Africa, emphasising our commitment to support South African commercial industries in opening access to cost-effective, low-carbon, and reliable supply of energy through our PPA’s.”

Yellow Door Energy’s PPA’s enable industrial and commercial businesses to secure their energy supply, reduce their energy costs, whilst maintaining focus on their core business and enjoying the benefits of energy independence.

In operation since 2000, Overyssel Boerdery is one of the largest growers and suppliers of graded and pre-packaged potatoes and other commercial crops to the top three frozen produce suppliers, and to the top 5 supermarket retailers in SA. The family-owned estate and operation cover an area of over 420 square kilometres, with up to 70% arable land, producing 8,000 to 12,000 tons of potatoes, and other supplemental (wheat, corn and vegetable) produce per year. 

Yellow Door Energy helps businesses in South Africa secure their energy supply, lower their electricity costs and reduce their carbon emissions through Power Purchase Agreements (PPAs). The company has over 200 megawatts of renewable energy projects in the Middle East and Africa with applications such as wheeling, behind-the-meter, on-site (roof and ground mounted) and battery energy storage solution (BESS) systems. Yellow Door Energy’s shareholders are Actis, the International Finance Corporation (IFC), Mitsui & Co., Ltd., and APICORP.

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