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Have you been to Robben Island? This morning we were privileged to visit and experience the opening of a new micro solar farm by the national Department of Tourism. The 1 960 solar PV panels provide enough energy to power the island during the day (for nine months of the year), backed up by 2 420 battery cells for night time power. The system will save 40-45% diesel fuel currently used in generators which amounts to R5million per year. Fittingly the solar farm will provide a total of exactly 666.4kW of power - just one number short of Madiba's prison number - all by co-incidence according to SOLA FUTURE ENERGY CEO, Dominic Wills.
This project is one of eight government-owned tourism sites where solar energy generating systems will be installed. On Robben Island the project represents a synergy between heritage and renewable technology, and a gateway to new achievements for the continent, according to Minister Tokozile Xasa. We're excited to see the future! #RobbenIslandGoesGreen, #WeDoTourismSustainably; #TravelEnjoyRespect

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The largest ever new build project to get a 5 Star Green Star SA Green Building Council South Africa GBCSA certification - the 112,000sqm Discovery head office in Sandton. What do you think?
Developed by Growthpoint and Zenprop Property Holdings, designed by Boogertman + Partners Architects with sustainability consulting by Aurecon, the building is wrapped around a series of sunlit atria that plug into a central concourse. Atria and skylights give an abundance of natural light without compromising occupants’ comfort and energy performance. Grey and rainwater systems, efficient sanitary fittings, efficient irrigation system and water-wise landscaping contribute to the building’s optimal water performance.
Read our 2016 article here > earthworksmagazine.co.za/discovery-hq-to-foster-wellbeing/
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In this video we showcase a new multipurpose agricultural barn, known as the Power Barn, which has an array of solar PV panels on its roof, recently built on a smallholding in Noordhoek, and is a reflection of the client’s passion for holistic sustainable living. The building was designed by architect Mark Thomas.

READ the article here: www.earthworksmagazine.co.za/power-in-the-valley/
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Are you a built environment professional passionate about sustainability (we hope so :))?

We'd like to encourage you to enter the international Ashden Awards in the Sustainable Cities and Buildings category, and show how South Africa is making a contribution towards creating a greener built environment.

Deadline for entries is: 7 Nov 2017

The Sustainable Cities and Buildings Award:
Aimed at organisations working in the built environment to rapidly decarbonise towns and cities, to increase their resilience and meet the challenge of rapidly growing populations. Applications may relate to physical projects and buildings, financial and legislative programmes, toolkits and learning networks that drive change. In all cases evidence of significant reductions in carbon emissions and an ability to deliver large-scale change will be required.

Ashden Awards:
Rewards innovative enterprises and programmes that deliver, or play a key part in enabling the delivery of sustainable energy and through this bring social, economic and environmental benefits. Entry is free, with the winner of the Sustainable Cities and Buildings Award to be presented with a prize of up to £10,000 during a ceremony at the Royal Geographical Society in London on 14 June 2018. Winners also receive a package of benefits which can include business support and introductions to potential funders and investors.

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Sign up for our newsletter in the main lounge at the Green Building Council South Africa GBCSA convention today or share your #earthworksgreenphoto and you could win one of these hampers! ... See MoreSee Less

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