Schneider Electric Foundation brings light

Posted by Schneider Electric on December 7th, 2017

The University of Johannesburg (UJ) is giving back to the community after receiving a €7,000 donation from Schneider Electric Foundation earlier this year.

The aim of giving them the donation was for a rural project delivered by the university. The project called ‘Project Connect’ was to assist a rural area just 300km’s away from Polokwane in Limpopo called Gwakwani Village.

This project has been on since 2015 when solar lighting solutions were installed in 30 homes. The project was part of UJ’s educational initiative with an opportunity for student training and on the job experience.
Students had the opportunity to be exposed to real-life engineering projects and opportunities, to solve critical issues where they are needed most.

Part of the project involved them identifying high quality and multifunctional water system as a core need for the village, as water supplied from a borehole for drip irrigation in the village was insufficient for daily use.

Head of Sustainable Development for Schneider Electric Anglophone Africa, Zanelle Dalglish said, “The original donation enabled access to energy, so the community no longer has to rely on candles, as their primary source of lighting and one of the Mobiya entrepreneurs has built a complete house with the funds that he has raised though Mobiya sales.”
Another borehole was pump was installed Schneider Electric South Africa donated its ‘Water of the Sun’ solution, which consists of its variable speed drives to power the water pump, with a 4Kw solar panel solution that UJ provided.

“Now this community not only has access to reliable water supply for everyday use but can also plant and grow vegetables to support itself and sell to surrounding villages as drip irrigation has been installed for the excess water,” said Dalglish.

The community also received: UJ will continue to monitor the performance of the solar system and implement continuous improvements to the system.

The villagers have expressed their gratitude for these life-changing ventures as they used to refer to themselves as “the forgotten people” and they now have access to energy with a full range of solar solutions.

About Schneider Electric

Schneider Electric is the global specialist in energy management and automation. With revenues of ~€25 billion in FY2016, our 144,000 employees serve customers in over 100 countries, helping them to manage their energy and process in ways that are safe, reliable, efficient and sustainable. From the simplest of switches to complex operational systems, our technology, software and services improve the way our customers manage and automate their operations. Our connected technologies reshape industries, transform cities and enrich lives. At Schneider Electric, we call this *Life Is On*. Schneider Electric is the worldwide expert in energy administration and automation. With incomes of ~€25 billion in FY2016, our 144,000 representatives serve clients in more than 100 nations, Schneider Electric helping them to deal with their energy and process in ways that are protected, dependable, productive and practical. From the least difficult of changes to complex operational frameworks, Schneider Electric innovation, programming and administrations enhance the way our clients oversee and computerize their operations. Schneider Electric associated advancements reshape businesses, change urban communities and advance lives. At Schneider Electric, we call this Life Is On. Schneider Electric is leading the Digital Transformation of Energy Management and Automation in Homes, Buildings, Data Centers, Infrastructure and Industries. With global presence in over 100 countries, Schneider is the undisputable leader in Power Management – Medium Voltage, Low Voltage and Secure Power, and in Automation Systems. We provide integrated efficiency solutions, combining energy, automation and software. In our global Ecosystem, we collaborate with the largest Partner, Integrator and Developer Community on our Open Platform to deliver real-time control and operational efficiency. We believe that great people and partners make Schneider a great company and that our commitment to Innovation, Diversity and Sustainability ensures that Life Is On everywhere, for everyone and at every moment.

Like it? Share it!


Schneider Electric

About the Author

Schneider Electric
Joined: August 14th, 2017
Articles Posted: 374

More by this author