Lapalala Wilderness is one of the largest private reserves in southern Africa. It’s a pristine nature reserve, largely untouched by man, and established to promote the wealth of biodiversity of the region and celebrate the rich natural heritage it represents. When it was founded in 1981, the vision of Lapalala was to practice sustainable conservation that emphasises the interconnectedness of man and nature and delivers lasting benefits for both.
Lapalala achieves these objectives through a combination of special species breeding programmes, community collaboration in conservation projects, tourism promotion, and a well-established education programme offered through the Lapalala Wilderness School.
Part of the new Lapalala energy plan is to remove all grid power from the property. 1Energy built the first power system for their demonstration lodge “Founders Camp” in 2015. “We are now rolling out 5 individual installations to power the various sites around the property, which are currently using grid power. We have consulted extensively with Lapalala to assist in preparing the sites for off-grid power, advising on energy savings and energy efficiency.”
Total installed off-grid capacity will be 93kWp across 6 sites, saving 131 tonnes of CO2 emissions per year.