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Total South Africa deploys solar service stations

Total South Africa recently revealed a model of their solar service stations at Skukuza Camp and also celebrated 60-years of partnership with SANParks in the Kruger National Park.

The revelation is in line with the company’s solarisation project targeting the installation of solar panels in 5,000 service stations around the world by the end of 2021.

This programme drives several efficiencies for the business, including reducing Total’s carbon emissions by 100,000 tonnes per year, as well as reduce its electricity bill by $40 million per year.

All photovoltaic panels will be provided by SunPower, a subsidiary of Total Group since 2011.

“The project is fully aligned with Total’s ambition of becoming the responsible energy major and its commitment to developing solar power. Total South Africa embarked on the solarisation programme in response to anticipated changes in customer expectations and their relationship with energy,” said Pierre-Yves Sachet, MD and CEO of Total South Africa.

“This is an opportunity to demonstrate the need for responsible energy consumption in light of a growing global population with increasing energy needs. We firmly believe that it is possible and necessary to produce, process and supply affordable energy while meeting the highest HSE standards,” Sachet added.

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The France-based multinational also noted that the solar service station model coincides with its 60-years partnership celebration with SANParks.

“After 60 years in partnership with Total South Africa, it gives us a great pleasure to be working with a brand that shares our goals and vision in conserving our environment and investing responsible resource usage,” said Fundisile Mketeni, CEO of SANParks.

In South Africa, 282 Total service stations are planned to be fully solarised by 2021. Read more: Tanzania shifts to natural gas-powered buses

Babalwa Bungane
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