We’re delighted to see our Limpopo packhouse making further use of the South African sunshine, as we recently installed roof top solar panels to power the packhouse control room.
The adoption of the solar energy generators has resulted in our packhouse control room becoming completely self-sufficient, no longer relying solely on traditional power supplies.
With our ten lane GREEFA SMARTSort nestled inside the vast facility, the solar panels will ensure our market leading line can continue its 50 tonne per hour pack out rates using the South African sunshine to power it.
How solar panels work
A solar panel consists of many cells made from layers of semi-conducting materials that absorb photons from the Sun, producing an electric current via a phenomenon known as the photovoltaic effect.
The future proofing cells don’t require direct sunlight to work, and still generate on cloudier days.
However, the stronger the sunshine, the more electricity generated, which is perfect for our sun-drenched location in Maswiri, Limpopo, South Africa.
In line with our mission to be the most transparent company in fresh produce, our sustainability remains of high importance to us. Solar electricity is low carbon, renewable energy and helps to protect wildlife habitats, communities and economies that are threatened by a warming climate from more traditional means of power supply.
Our citrus season so far
Cultivated in prime South African farmland, our Valencia oranges continue to harvest as we move through our South African season.
We’re currently coming to the end of our Turkey and Benny orange crop, and we’re excited to be harvesting our premium Midknight and Delta varieties next on farm in Limpopo.
For further information regarding our current citrus season in South Africa, please reach out to our sales team +44 (0)1952 822200