Largest winelands solar system

Terra Firma Solutions is installing an 800kWp solar PV system in Wellington at DGB, South Africa’s largest private wine and spirit producer known for brands such as Boschendal, Douglas Green, and Bellingham.

The installation is set for completion in March 2016, comprises almost 2 600 solar panels and will sit atop four different roofs at the facility in the Boland, covering over 6200m2. At a total project cost of about R14 million, the return on investment is expected to be about seven years at the current electricity price.

Feedback into the local Drakenstein Municipality grid is possible as it is one of the few municipalities in South Africa with a net metering embedded generation tariff available to the public.

The installation lowers the company’s emissions by about 1 265 tons of CO2 a year, bringing it closer to carbon neutrality. This gives DGB an edge in the fiercely competitive global wine industry.